Sponsoring Institution: The Lincoln Forum

Type: Essay Contest

Eligibility:  To apply for this Lincoln essay contest you must be currently enrolled in a US College or University or enrolled in spring of 2021.

Application Deadline: Lincoln Essay contest entry may be submitted via email: archives@akspl.org Or via regular mail (postmarked by July 31, 2021) to the address below: Don McCue, Director — Lincoln Memorial Shrine 125 W. Vine St. Redlands, CA 92373

Highlight: Are you an undergraduate student studying at an American college passionate about American History and why America is the way it is today? Are you also passionate about change to civil rights to ensure equality throughout the world? Well, 2021 marks the 150th anniversary of the Ku Klux Klan Act, a major milestone in the tumultuous Reconstruction era, an act to move towards protection and equality for all people. To mark this anniversary, the Platt Family Essay Contest has chosen the topic for the Lincoln essay contest of “What would Lincoln do?” to inspire young undergraduate students attending an American university or college to write a 1500-5000 word essay on whether the Reconstruction Era would have been any different if Lincoln had not been assassinated. In this Lincoln essay contest, you could win any one of three prizes if you place in the top three- ranging from $500-$1500. These scholarships will be awarded via check to your address and can be used for any purpose you may desire- whether this be college expenses or even new clothes! (Winners will be announced at the Lincoln Forum annual meeting in Gettysburg on November 18th.) As Abraham Lincoln once said “The best way to predict your future is to create it”; predict your future today by joining this Lincoln essay contest and submitting your thoughts on the aforementioned prompt by July 31st to be in for a chance to win (and learn) something, that could help you go that little step further in your life!


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