Scholarship Value: $1,000
Awards Available: 4

The NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund continues its yearly Youth Essay Contest celebrating the Second Amendment as an integral part of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Entries must be postmarked on or before the entry deadline of December 31. All essays become the property of the NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund.

Description, Prizes & Deadline

Essays will be judged in two categories: Senior (grades 9-12) and Junior (grades 8 and below), with separate cash prizes awarded to the winners in each category. First place cash prizes are $1,000, $600 for second place, $200 for third place, and $100 for fourth place.

The entry deadline for this contest is December 31. Entries postmarked by December 31 will be accepted. Essay contest winners will be selected and notified in the first half of the following year. All essays become the property of the NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund. Any essays submitted shall be deemed to be a "work made for hire" as such term is defined in the Copyright Laws of the United States, and shall be proprietary to and the exclusive property of the NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund, and the NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund shall have the sole right and power to apply for any and all copyrights and other protections in its name. If it should be deemed for any reason that an essay is not a "work made for hire" and/or that the author of the essay is the owner of some or all of any of the rights in the essay, then the essay's author hereby assigns and transfers exclusively and irrevocably to the NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund all rights of every kind and nature in said essay.

Eligibility

The contest is open to all students enrolled, or who will be enrolled, in an elementary, junior high, or high school during that academic year, including homeschooled students in an equivalent grade level, who have not previously received a prize in their category. For example, a previous winner in the junior category, who is now eligible for the senior category, may submit an entry.

Format and Contents

All essays should be about 1,000 words, neat, and legible (double spaced, typed preferred). Please note that the NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund historically receives a large number of entries and the contest is highly competitive. Include your name, age, address, telephone number, school, and grade as well as a statement from a teacher or parent certifying that the essay is your original work.

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