Americanism Essay Contest


Scholarship Value: $5,000
Awards Available: 3

Legitimate and very serious threats to active duty, veteran, retiree, and reserve pay and benefits are being considered by Congress. FRA has always been at the forefront of defending military and veterans' health care, compensation and benefits, and other quality-of-life programs. We need your help to get the message to Congress! The threats to your pay and benefits have never been greater.

Examples of success stories resulting from FRA-led initiatives include:

A) Pay increases for career enlisted personnel,

B) Protection of military retirement benefits,

C) Establishment of TRICARE,

D) Predatory lending protections, and

E) Protection of military pay and benefits from budget cuts.

This short list of FRA's legislative victories is just the tip of the iceberg. To learn more about FRA's achievements, current legislative agenda, and most importantly, how you can participate, visit the FRA Action Center. Beyond keeping you up-to-date on today's important issues and FRA's responses, the Action Center allows you to convey your concerns directly to your elected officials. Use the pre-written letters provided or craft your own to urge your elected officials to halt potentially harmful legislation or support legislation that will help. You will be kept apprised of changes and can see first-hand how adding your voice to FRA's makes the message stronger. Congressional leaders respond to numbers and lobbying pressure-join us and make your voice heard.

Rules and Eligibility

FRA sponsors an annual essay contest to promote the spirit of Americanism and patriotism among our country's youth. FRA's Americanism Essay Contest is open to all students, grades 7 through 12, including those who are home schooled. Students are invited to submit a 350-word essay through an FRA member or local FRA branch before the December 1st deadline. Local winners are forwarded for competition at the regional level and regional winners compete for national prizes.

The grand national winner will receive $5,000, with additional prizes for the top three essays in each grade category ($2,500 for first place, $1,500 for second place, and $1,000 for third place). Each national winner will receive an attractive plaque citing his/her achievement, and every entrant judged at the national level receives a certificate of recognition. Additional prizes may be awarded to students winning at local and regional levels of competition.

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