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2020 Essay Prompt

We are a nation rich in diversity of all types. Please discuss how this diversity contributes to American life. 

Be sure to support your argument using original research you have done using primary and secondary sources. Your essay should be between 1,500-2,000 words, including any footnotes or bibliographic citations.

Introduction

We are pleased to announce we are accepting applications for the 2020 essay contest. Americanism Educational Leaders, which supports this scholarship, strives to provide students with opportunities to discover, understand, and appreciate some aspect of the American experience.

The 2020 essay contest prompt is "We are a nation rich in diversity of all types. Please discuss how this diversity contributes to American life."

The contest deadline is June 30, 2020. 

Eligibility and Requirements

The eligibility requirements are as follows: 

  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be a current undergraduate college or university student in an accredited four-year U.S. college or university. Incoming first-year students and college students who graduated the year of the competition (i.e., January-June 2020 for the 2020 essay competition) are eligible to apply. 

Submission Guidelines

Essay Guidelines

  • Essay should be between 1,500-2,000 words, including any footnotes or bibliographic citations.
  • If any external sources are referenced in the essay, they should be cited in the bibliography using correct MLA or Chicago style citations. 

Submission Instructions

  • Submit completed submission packet (essay and entry form) as an email with attachments to ael@pepperdine.edu by the deadline of June 30, 2020, 11:59 PM PST. Incomplete entries will be disqualified.
  • The essay should be attached as a PDF with the filename “LastName_FirstName AEL essay” (For example, if your name is Jane Smith, the file name will be “Smith_Jane AEL essay.PDF”).
  • The entry form should be filled out electronically or scanned as a PDF and saved with the filename “LastName_FirstName AEL entry" (For example, if your name is Jane Smith, the file name will be “Smith_Jane AEL entry.pdf”).

 

AEL Collegiate Essay Competition

Prize Categories

First Prize: $2,500

Second Prize: $1,500

Third Prize: $1,000

Deadline

Deadline for submission:
June 30, 2020 at 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time. 
See Submission Guidelines for full instructions. 

Questions?

For any questions, please begin by checking the FAQ page and contact AEL@pepperdine.edu with any additional questions not addressed there.