Constitutional Essay Contest


Congratulations to the 2014 Constitutional Scholars.

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The top essayist will win $20,000 Scholarship and a Microsoft Surface.

14 finalists each receive $3,000 Scholarship and a Microsoft Surface.

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The Gelman Constitutional Scholars (GCS) Program aims to engage the youth in southern Texas in serious study of and discussions about the U.S. Constitution and its foundations and contemporary implications.

To be considered for admission to the program, applicants must be a junior or senior in high school in the Region One ESC area (home school and private school students are also welcome to apply) or a UTPA student (with 60 or fewer credit hours completed by the Fall 2013 semester). To apply for the GCS Program, applicants should submit an essay to the Constitutional Essay Contest (entry dates for this academic year are April 25, 2014 - June 15, 2014). Finalists will be invited to campus and asked to discuss and defend their essay and answer questions on the Constitution. The fifteen selected Gelman Constitutional Scholars will be inducted at a banquet August 2014.



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