Sponsoring Institution: Pepperdine Libraries

Type: Essay Scholarship Contest

Must be a U.S. citizen as well as a current undergraduate college or university student in a four-year U.S. college or university. Incoming first-year students (i.e. high school seniors) and college students who graduate the year of the competition can apply too!

Application Deadline: Late May

Highlight: Are you interested in an essay scholarship contest that would allow you to write how you feel about the current state of America? Well, take a look at this! Pepperdine Libraries is hosting an annual essay scholarship contest that would allow young students to weigh in on a some particularly relevant aspect of the American experience. The prompt for 2022 is, “In what some would characterize as an era of political correctness, groupthink, and cancel culture, what are some viable options for promoting viewpoint and ideological diversity on our college campuses?” It’s most definitely a chance to take a good hard look at your stance on free speech, what it means to you, and how discourse can be respectfully preserved, even within discord. The best part about this essay scholarship contest is that you have three chances to win! For First Place, you receive $2,500. Second Place receives $1,500, and Third Place receives $1,000. To qualify for this essay scholarship contest, you must be a US high school senior or a current student at a US four-year college or university. Now, let’s get to some of the rules to submit! Your essay’s length should be a minimum of 5 pages or a maximum of 8, at 1,500 to 2,000 words. Your paper will be judged on clarity of argument, use of evidence to support your main point, originality of thought, and proper grammar. To officially enter this essay scholarship contest, you must submit your application via Google Form. The essay can only be submitted as a PDF document. If you need more details on this, just visit the essay scholarship contest’s website. Take you time and read all of the required information thoroughly. And if you still have further questions? Visit their FAQs! Well, how about it? What do you have to say about the way “free speech” is, or should be, handled? Apply before late May and show Pepperdine Libraries what you got and how you think!

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