FIRE Speech Essay Contest

Award Amount: $20,000

Number of Awards: Nine (9)

Deadline: December 31, 2017

Winner Announcement: January 31, 2018

Brief Description:

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education is pleased to offer an essay contest program named as “FIRE Speech Essay Contest”. The scholarship program is open to juniors and seniors students who are enrolled in high schools, including home-schooled students, as well as U.S. citizens attending schools overseas.

Host Institution:

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, or FIRE, is a nonprofit educational foundation based in Philadelphia. FIRE’s mission is to defend and sustain individual rights at America’s colleges and universities.


You are encouraged to apply if you are

  • Juniors and seniors in U.S. high schools, including home-schooled students.
  • S. citizens attending schools overseas.

Instructions for Applying:

The application can be submitted online by the given link:

Supporting Documents:

Students must submit an essay between 800 and 1,000 words, why free speech is so important to higher education, and why censorship undermines the ideals of liberal education and a free society.

Award Description:

  • First prize: One $10,000
  • Second prize: One $5,000
  • Runner-up prizes: Three $1,000
  • Remaining entrants: Four $500

Detailed Information Link: