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Scholarship Details

Anthem Essay Contest

Eligibility

  • Entrant must be in the 8th, 9th or 10th grade at the time of the current contest deadline. Verification of school enrollment will be required for all winning entrants.

More Details

All applications must be submitted by May 1, 2018.

How to Apply

  • Write an essay (between 600 and 1,200 words) on one of the following topics:
    • Anthem depicts a world of the future, a collectivist dictatorship in which even the word “I” has vanished. Discuss the hero’s struggle to free himself from collectivism. What makes his victory possible? In your essay, consider what Ayn Rand has to say in the excerpt titled “The Soul of an Individualist” from her novel The Fountainhead.
    • In Anthem, the City has numerous rules and controls. Why do these exist? What is their purpose? Do you think the society that Equality envisions creating at the end of the story would include any of these rules and controls? Explain why or why not.
    • Contrast Equality’s view of morality at the end of the novel to the morality exemplified by his society’s institutions, practices, and officials. In your essay, consider what Ayn Rand has to say in these excerpts from her writings.

The application and submission guidelines can be found on the scholarship’s website.

Deadline: 05/01/2018

Amount: $30-2,000

Paper Application Available

Online Application Available

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