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Constitution Essay Scholarship

Do you want to win one of more than $20,000 in prizes and a trip to Washington, D.C.? Don’t waste your time and apply today. You can win cash just by register yourself for “We the Students Essay Contest”. The contest is open to students who are no older than 19 and no younger than 14 as of the end of the contest period. We the Students Scholarship Contest submissions will focus on the ideas of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and their relevance today.

The Bill of Rights Institute is a 501c3 non-profit educational organization that works to engage, educate, and empower individuals with a passion for the freedom and opportunity that exist in a free society.


  • The Contest is open to all United States citizens or legal residents who are students who are no older than 19 and no younger than 14 as of the end of the Contest Period who
  1. Attend school in the United States, one of its territories or districts, or an American Armed Forces School Abroad, and
  2. Who are in grades 8 -12 attending public, private, religious, or charter schools, or are enrolled in a GED or correspondence school program, or are attending a home school program.

How to Apply:

  • In 500-800 words, answer the following question. In your answer, incorporate the principles and specific examples (including current events) that support your conclusion.

Financial Aid and Award Money:

  1. 1st Place – $5,000 and a scholarship to Constitutional Academy
  2. Runners Up – Six prizes at $1,250 each
  3. Honorable Mentions – Eight prizes at $500 each
  4. Refer a Friend – Ten random drawings of $50 each
  5. Step Two Submission – Ten random drawings of $500 each
  1. Teachers of winning students: Fifteen at $100 each
  2. Teachers with five nominations by students: Five at $50 each

Application Deadline:

Application Deadline is  February 5, 2017. Winners for the Bill of Rights Institute’s We the Students Scholarship Contest will be announced on this website on or before April 14, 2017.

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Contact Information:

You can contact them via email at or you can call at 703.894.1776.


UCF Constitution Day Essay Contest Submission Form

Essay Due Date: October 6, 2017 at 5 p.m. 

Are we in a democratic recession?

According to the latest update of the “Democracy Index,” we are. The annual ranking is published by the “Intelligence Unit” operated by the UK-based Economist Group, which publishes The Economist magazine and other publications. Their current report states, “The US has been downgraded from a ‘full democracy’ to a ‘flawed democracy’ because of a further erosion of trust in government and elected officials there.” Do you agree or disagree with The Economist’s assessment? Share your opinion by participating in UCF’s Constitution Day essay.


Essay Topic:

Is democracy relevant in 2017?

Judging Criteria:

Entries will be judged on the depth of their content, the mastery of the topic, and the skill with which they are written.  Students should develop a point of view on the issues and demonstrate critical thinking, using appropriate examples and other evidence to support their position.


The contest is open to all UCF undergraduate students.


  • First Place: $250
  • Second Place: $200
  • Third Place: $150

Key Dates:

October 6, 2017: Entries must be submitted
October 27, 2017: Winners notified


  • Must be submitted using the entry form
  • Must be no more than 1,500 words
  • Sources must be cited

** Please be aware that receiving additional scholarships may affect your current financial aid package. Contact the UCF Office of Financial Aid for further information regarding how receiving a scholarship can impact your financial aid award.

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