Think for Yourself Scholarship
Let Grow’s “Think for Yourself” high school essay contest awards $8000 in college scholarships.
New deadline: April 30, 2021.
The contest asks students to consider the value of free speech, curiosity, and open mindedness in their everyday lives. Prompts include:
“Who would you choose to censor what you read?” “When did you stand up — or not — for an unpopular idea?” “Ever learn something good…from a jerk?”
Since we launched the contest in 2018 we have awarded $20,000 in college scholarships. The winners’ essays have been published in USA Today, The New York Post, The New York Daily News, The San Francisco Chronicle, The New Jersey Ledger, Quilette, and EdWeek.
The contest is open to U.S. high school students.
LAST YEAR’S WINNERS:
First Place Winner, $5000 Scholarship:
Danyere Francis, Stratford, Ct: “Texting the Kid Who Assaulted Me.” (Published in the NY Daily News)
Runners Up, $1000 Scholarships
Lola Jean Benjamin, Salem, OR: “Black and White in the Classroom.” (Published in Quillette)
Maggie-Isabel Seabrook, Greenwich, NJ: “A Teenager Spends Time with The Breakfast Club.” (Published in the NJ Star Ledger)
Zewditu Nora Herring, Oakland, CA: “When Is A Black Student Not Black?” (Published in the San Francisco Chronicle)
Eilise McLaughlin, Tucson, AZ: “A Student’s Plea: Don’t Shield Me from Problematic Conversations.”(Published in Education Week.)
Carter Moore, Anchorage, AK. “A High School Lesson in Seeing Beyond Political Differences.” (Published in The New York Post.)
Madison Scroggins, Decatur, TX. “An Early Lesson in Fighting Political Polarization.” (Published in The New York Daily News.)
Elande Abate, Olathe, KS.
Let Grow will award one $5,000 and three $1,000 college scholarships to U.S. high school students who exemplify independence of thought in their everyday lives.
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