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AEL Collegiate Essay Contest

Americanism Educational Leaders

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Scholarship Overview

This essay contest is for current undergraduate college and university students in the United States who are US citizens. Each student is allowed one essay on the following prompt: "Describe your understanding of American exceptionalism, and, drawing an example from current events, discuss how that example demonstrates American exceptionalism in global relations, freedom, and/or democracy." Essays must be between 1,500 and 2,000 words in length and will be judged not on the basis of agreement or disagreement with the views of Americanism Educational Leaders or on the length of their bibliographies, but on their internal logic, coherence, originality, thoughtfulness, and evidence of sound research.

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This scholarship has application requirements that could take a lot of time and effort.

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You will be competing against a pretty high number of people for this scholarship.

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Deadline: Jun 30
Award Range: $1,000 - $2,500
Awards Granted: 3
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