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Gelman Constitutional Scholars Program

Constitutional Essay Contest

Essays should address the following central question: Is the United States Constitution manipulable, subject to reinterpretation based on modern concepts, or is it meant to be essentially immutable, defining a permanent relationship between government and citizens?

    In answering this question, essayists should consider the following:
  • Are the principles upon which the Constitution is based valid today?
  • Are there basic eternal principles enshrined in the Constitution that should not be violated?
  • What would the framers of the Constitution say about our present Constitution?
  • Is it permissible to change the Constitution?
  • Under what conditions, if any, would such changes be acceptable?
  • Are federal regulatory bodies such as the EPA and the EEOC, and federally mandated programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, truly Constitutional?
  • Why or why not?
finalists

The 2011 Constitutional Essay Contest Finalists along with donors Dr. Lawrence Gelman and Mrs. Esperanza Gelman. From Left, Back: Geoffrey Ballinger, Reagan Ashley, Sarah Cantu, Victoria Ochoa, Casey Hughes, Jorge Salazar, Michael Antony, Juan Felipe Balcazar, Quentin Hale; Front: Randy Smith, Jr., Mrs. Esperanza Gelman, Dr. Lawrence Gelman, Rebecca Basaldua, Betty Garcia.

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For current Gelman Constitutional Scholars program opportunities, please visit utpa.edu/constitution