National Center for State Courts has organized an essay contest as a civics education essay contest for students studying from grades 3rd to 12th. The contest is based on the questions of the American Bar Association’s Annual Law Day Theme, and for the year 2022, it has been set up as “Toward a Perfect Union: The Constitution in Times of Change” students from all grades need to answer which amendment of the U.S. Constitution has made the most significant difference in people’s lives? And should also explain how and why. The contest will be held to provide students the opportunity to understand and explain the importance and the role of the United States government.
Students participating in this contest from grades 3rd to 12th are divided into the categories elementary, which includes 3rd to 5th grade; middle, which includes 6th to 8th grades; and high, which includes 9th to 12th grades. From each grade category, three winners will get chosen, for grades 9th to 12th, the winners will be chosen as first place, second place, and third place winners and they will receive scholarship money as $1,000, $500, and $250, respectively whereas for grades 6th to 8th winners will receive $400, $200, $100 and from grades 3rd-5th the winners will receive $300, $150, and $100. The amount will be utilized for the winner’s educational purposes, which will be helpful for them in managing educational supplies and requirements. Additionally, students will get to understand the importance of the US government and will get a chance to explain their role.
The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) was founded in 1971 and is a non-profit organization that plays a vital role in the development of court administration worldwide. Their purpose is to promote the rule of law and improve the administration of justice in the state courts and worldwide.
The following table provides brief information about the contest:
|Organization||National Center for State Courts|
|Education Level||Grades 3rd to 12th|
|Number of Awards||9|
|Contest Deadline||February 25, 2022|
Who is Eligible?
- Students from grades 3rd-12th
How to Apply?
Students who want to learn and understand about the Civics by taking part in this contest should get their essays ready on which amendment to the U.S. Constitution has made the most significant difference in people’s lives by explaining how and why. For grades 3rd to 8th, the word limit shall not exceed 100 words, and for 9th to 12th grades, the word limit shall exceed 250 words. Participants are required to fill up the entry form with providing proper details in each field. Students can attach their essay files with the contest form on the below link provided.
OR can send their handwritten essay with including a separate paper on which students should provide their full name, school name, city, state, phone number, email (if applicable), teacher name, and teacher email (if applicable) on the mailing address provided:
NCSC, c/o Deirdre
300 Newport Avenue
Williamsburg, Va., 23185.
Students must check out the rules and regulations here.
Students entering into this contest will get some exciting scholarship prizes which are divided into their respective categories of 3rd to 5th grade, 6th to 8th grade, and 9th to 12th grade as first place, second place, and third place winners. From each grade category, the three place winners will be chosen separately. The prizes for grade 3rd to 5th for all three places will be given as $300, $150, and $100, for grades 6th to 8th it will be given as $400, $200, and $100, whereas for grades 9th to 12th the prizes will be given as $1000, $500, and $250. The scholarship prize amount will be utilized for the winner’s educational purposes and manage their requirements such as books and other supplies, tuition assistance, and other education-related expenses. The contest not only offers prizes but also provides students the opportunity to understand and explain the importance and the role of the United States Government.
The interested participants who want to learn, understand and explain civics should get their essay ready and submit it on the given online portal and mailing address no later than February 25, 2022. Delayed entries will not be eligible for this contest.