2020 CONSTITUTION ESSAY CONTEST
The Constitution Education Project Fund was established with the primary purpose of supporting projects and providing opportunities for the youth of Solano County to expand their understanding of our country’s Founding Documents, and rewarding their ability to articulate and communicate those ideals and principles.
The premise of the Constitution Essay Contest is simple. “If Liberty and Freedom are to endure in our country, it is imperative that our young people have an understanding of our Founding Documents and are able to articulate and communicate those ideals and principles.”
The Contest originated in Solano County in 2012 to recognize the accomplishments of schools and teachers who create learning environments wherein their students are encouraged to engage in critical thinking, and then be able to effectively communicate their understanding and ideas. Over the past eight years the contest has grown from a modest 35 entries submitted the first year, to over 300 essays received in 2015. So far, a total of over 1,500 entries have been submitted and nearly $10,000 in cash and mini-grants have been awarded.
2020 MINI-GRANT AWARDS
The hope for 2020 is to encourage even more student entries and greater school participation. The 2020 Constitution Essay Contest will award a Grand Prize $700 Mini-Grant for the best essay from students grades 10-12, a $100 'Best of School Award' will be awarded one student from EVERY SCHOOL in the County which submits 30 or more entries. Additionally, $50 Founders’ Choice Awards will be awarded as merited.
All students attending public, private, and home schools in Solano County, in grades 10-12, are eligible and invited to participate in this annual contest. Note: homeschoolers must be affiliated with a 501(c)(3) organization. The rules for submitting a written essay expressing an understanding of the Founding Documents and Principles are stated in the Contest Entry Form – Topic & Rules and Resources (found below).
Constitution Literacy Advocates sponsor this annual contest. For more information about the Contest, visit their Celebrate Our Constitution website.
Click on these links to view and download the Contest materials.
Tax-deductable donations can be made to the Constitution Education Project Fund (CEPF) online by clicking on the “DONATE” button in the upper right-hand corner of this page. Contributions may also be made by check payable to SCF - Constitution Education Project Fund, and mailed or delivered to the Foundation.
Constitution Essay Contest Winners
All entries are judged by a panel of retired teachers and volunteers from various organizations. The writers names are removed and the essays numbered so judges do not know who wrote it. “This started as a way to emphasize our history and for young people to learn about it,” said Colleen Britton, chair of the Constitution Essay Contest Project. Click on this link to view a Photo Collage of Awards of previous years' contest winners.