Founders Freedom Forum Scholarships

Who can enter?
Any High School Senior residing in Kalamazoo or Van Buren Counties. Home School and Alternative School Seniors are welcome to enter.

What is the amount awarded?
The scholarship is a one-time award of $1,776.

How can I use the money?
The scholarship can be used toward tuition or books at any College, Trade School, or Apprenticeship Program.

What is the judging criteria?
Essays are judged based on Relevance to Subject Matter, Creativity, Grammar, Accuracy to Facts, Documentation of References, and Coherence.

Is there a specific format we should use for the essay? APA? MLA?
We do not require a specific format, but do look for a proper essay layout.

What happens if I am chosen as the winner?
You will be contacted and informed of the award date. We ask that you attend, and be prepared to talk for about 5 minutes.

Scholarship Information

2020 Rules and Entry Form Coming Soon!

Previous Scholarship Winners

Our 2019 Scholarship Winner was Michael Moralez.
The essay topic was focused on Tyranny, and the entrants had to define tyranny, discuss 3 methodologies of tyranny, and provide examples.

Our 2018 Scholarship Winner was Caitlin Herrera.
The essay topic was: "In light of recent Federal District Court decisions on immigration, discuss the Judicial Branch of the U.S. Government, the original intent of the Founding Fathers, and the powers and limitations of this Branch.?"

Our 2017 Scholarship Winner was Lacey Burke.
The essay topic was: "The Electoral College, as defined by the U.S. Constitution, is one of many benchmarks that establish the U.S. as a Constitutional Republic as opposed to a pure Democracy. Why did the Founding Fathers create an Electoral College instead of a straight majority vote? What are the pros and cons of the Electoral College?"

Our 2016 Scholarship Winner was Evan Oudekerk.
The essay topic was: "Why was the Bill of Rights required for the ratification of the constitution, and is it still relevant today?"