FIRE's Freedom in Academia Essay Contest
Award: $10,000 | Deadline: 01/31/2019
Grades: 12th, 11th
Only current high school juniors and seniors may apply. Submit your essay through the online form.
Watch two short videos about real students who were censored and punished for speech that is protected by the U.S. Constitution. (Students should also watch some of FIRE's other videos, read FIRE's mission, and browse posts on The Torch to get a good sense of FIRE's goals and activities. Go to FIRE's website at www.thefire.org and familiarize yourself with FIRE and FIRE's issues.)
Answer the Essay Question: Why is free speech important at our nation's colleges and universities? Using examples from both videos, discuss how these universities violated the featured students' rights and why these violations are incompatible with higher education. Your essay should be 800-1000 words.