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FIRE's Freedom in Academia Essay Contest

FIRE's Freedom in Academia Essay Contest
FIRE's Freedom in Academia Essay Contest is open to high school juniors and seniors who will be graduating in the spring of 2013 or 2014. The essay contest consists of writing a 800-1,000 word essay on a topic pertaining to free speech.

FIRE is the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education organization whose purpose is to help defend individual rights at American colleges and universities. They work to protect four primary areas of freedom: freedom of speech, religious freedom, freedom of conscience and legal equality on campus.

The organization was formed in 1998 by Alan Charles Kors and Harvey A. Silverglate, authors of The Shadow University: The Betrayal of Liberty on America's Campuses. Their focus is to protect the American freedom of students and faculty on thousands of campuses.

One first-place winner will receive a $10,000 scholarship, second-place receives a $5,000 scholarship, and three $1,000 awards will be given to runner-up essays.

The deadline for this scholarship is usually in NOVEMBER of each year, and the award amount is usually $1,000 - $10,000.

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