The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is offering the Free Speech Essay Contest for High Schools Juniors and Seniors for the Academic year 2020-2021. Students who are resident of the United States are welcomed to apply by the Organization. Four successful candidates will become the winner of this Competition.
The aim of the foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is to defend and sustain individual rights at America’s universities and colleges. These rights include freedom of speech, due process, legal equality, religious liberty, and sanctity of conscience—the essential qualities of individual liberty and dignity.
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is a non-profit organization. It was founded in 1999. It focuses on protecting free speech rights on college campuses in the United States. Its mission is to defend and sustain individual rights at America’s colleges and universities,” including the rights to freedom of speech, legal equality, due process, religious liberty, and sanctity of conscience.”
The applicant may refer to the given table to get more details concerning the fellowship:
|Organization||Foundation for Individual Rights in Education|
|Educational Level||High Schools Juniors and Seniors|
|Number of Awards||4|
|Application Deadline||December 31, 2021|
Who May Be Eligible
The eligibility criteria are given below:
- The program is available for juniors and seniors in U.S. high schools, including home-schooled students.
- Applicants must be U.S. citizens attending high school overseas.
How to Apply
Entering this essay contest applicant must provide their application with their name and essay published on FIRE’s website. If students are selected as a winner, FIRE reserves the right to make minor edits to winning essays before publication on the website.
Applicants need to submit the following:
Students need to draw an essay from current events, historical examples, our free speech comic, other resources on FIRE’s website, or your own personal experiences between 700 and 900 words.
The foundation will provide various awards for four winning candidates, which describe as follows:
- First prize: $10,000
- Second prize: $5,000
- Third place: $1,000
- Fourth prizes: $500
The foundation will receive all submission by 11:59 EST, December 31, 2021. Winners will be announced till February 15, 2021. The foundation will not accept a late or incomplete application.