Young Patriots Essay Contest

The Young Patriots Essay Contest is designed to challenge middle and high school students to creatively engage with public policy and current events through the art of writing. We assign a controversial topic each year, and three winners are chosen to receive a scholarship out of hundreds of essay submissions. Topic: "Are international free trade agreements in the best interest of the United States? Why or why not?"Contest participants have the opportunity to:-Earn a college scholarship of up to $5,000-Have your essay published on Debate Central-See your essay posted on the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) home page-Have your essay shared with 200,000 NCPA Policy Patriots via email-Have your winning entry be sent to your hometown newspapers, radio, and TVEssays must be written in English and should not exceed 1,200 words. A bibliography does not count towards the word total. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.

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Award Amount: $5,000
Competitive: Yes
Essay required: Yes

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