2018 Platt Family Scholarship Prize Essay Contest

The Lincoln Forum recently announced this year’s scholarship prize essay contest. Prizes are as follows: $1500 for 1st prize; $750 for 2nd prize; $500 for 3rd prize. This opportunity is open to students who are enrolled full time in a U.S. college or university during the Spring 2018 semester. Please note that as posted on their website, “you do not have to be an American citizen, but you do need to be attending an American college or university during the eligibility period.”

The topic for this year’s essay contest is: “Frederick Douglass, Stephen Douglas, and Abraham Lincoln

The deadline to apply is July 31, 2018

 2018 marks the 160th anniversary of the famous debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas. It will also be the bicentennial of the birth of abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Although Lincoln had major policy disagreements with both of these men,  they also greatly influenced his political philosophy. What is the historical impact of Lincoln’s relationships with Stephen Douglas and Frederick Douglass?”

Here are the rules for the contest:

  • “Entries must contain a minimum of 1,500 and a maximum of 5,000 words.

  • Essays may be submitted via regular mail (postmarked by July 31, 2018) or via e-mail (time stamped before midnight July 31, 2018) to the address below.

  • The essay must be typed and include a works-cited page or bibliography. End notes are suggested but not required.

  • There is no application form for the contest. The essay and your contact information serves as your application.

  • Applicants must include the name of their college or university with their entire and all contact information (regular and email address) must be put on the essay proper.”

For more information and to apply, please visit their official website: Platt Family Scholarship Essay Contest

If the above information does not answer your question please contact:

Don McCue, Curator — Lincoln Memorial Shrine
125 W. Vine St.
Redlands, CA 92373
phone: (909) 798-7632
e-mail: archives@akspl.org