Stossel in the Classroom Scholarship Contest

Scholarship Value: $2,500
Awards Available: 51
Award Deadline: Mar 22, 2024

Every year, we hold an essay contest to give your students an opportunity to express themselves and win great prizes. This year, we’re giving away over $12,000. And we have prizes for teachers, too!

Students have four topics to choose from, allowing them to write on the subject that speaks to them the most.

Our contest is open to students in grades 5-12, age 10-18, residing in North America, Hawaii, or at a U.S. military address.  The deadline to submit is 11:59PM Eastern on Friday, March 22, 2024. Students may submit their essays to us directly, or have them submitted by a teacher or parent.

Teachers and students may choose from any one of these four topics. Find the one that suits your class best, or let your students decide for themselves.

  1. The Housing Shortage: Causes, Solutions, and the Role of Government
  2. Ticket Dynamics: Unveiling the Economics of Concert Tours
  3. My Vision for 2024: Presidential Campaign Priorities
  4. The Path Forward: Evaluating U.S. Energy Policy

Eligibility – The contest is open to writers in grades 5-12, (ages 10-18) at some point during the contest period September 14, 2023-March 22, 2024. No more than one submission will be accepted for each essay writer. Writers must be located in North America, Hawaii, or a U.S. military address, and all submissions should be in English. Employees of Stossel in the Classroom, Stossel TV, and Center for Independent Thought, or any person or organization involved in the operation and/or setup of the contest, and their immediate family members are not eligible for this contest. Previous winners of a Stossel in the Classroom first place prize are not eligible for prizes in our subsequent contests.

Essay Length – Essays must be 500-1,000 words in length. Submissions that do not meet this requirement, or that exceed it, will be disqualified. If an essay exceeds the word limit due to a “Works cited” page or bibliography, it will not be disqualified. If an essay would not meet the word minimum without its “Works cited” page or bibliography, it will not be disqualified.

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