FIRE's Fourth Annual 'Freedom In Academia' Scholarship Contest Now Accepting Submissions

Kenny Tan
Aug 5, 2011 at 1:13 PM

FIRE EssayWant to support freedom on campus? Send an email to your past high school teachers and college counselors and ask them to inform thier seniors about FIRE's 4th Annual 'Freedom In Academia' Essay Contest. It's a great opportunity to keep in touch with your former teachers and tell them about your work with YAL. Who knows? Maybe they'll refer their students to YAL too!

FIRE is pleased to announce that we are now accepting submissions for the fourth annual "Freedom in Academia" essay contest.

Part of FIRE's mission is "to educate the public and communities of concerned Americans about the threats to rights on our campuses." We believe students should know their rights before they go to college, and one of their considerations when choosing a college should be whether a school honors its commitment to free expression. This is why we are inviting all graduating high school students to write an essay explaining why free speech and First Amendment rights are crucial to higher education.

The contest is open to high school students anywhere in the country who will be graduating in 2012 and attending college in the fall of 2012. To enter, students should watch two short FIRE documentaries—FIRE in Action: Valdosta State University and Think What We Think Or Else: Thought Control on the American Campus—and write an essay explaining how the featured universities violated the First Amendment freedoms of their students.

FIRE will award one first-place winner a $5,000 scholarship, one second-place winner a $2,500 scholarship, and five runners-up $1,000 scholarships. Last year's contest garnered almost 1,500 essays from students across the country. Read the winning 2010 essays here.

To view the complete rules and regulations for the contest, please click here.

Essay Contest FAQ