“Adopt a Veteran" Essay Scholarship Contest

Joe Foss Institute has announced the essay scholarship contest. The scholarship contest challenges you to consider what the founding documents mean, and express your own feelings about patriotism, citizenship, and what it means to be an American. Joe Foss Institute is awarding 15 scholarships totaling $42,500 amount.

The Joe Foss Institute is a non-profit organization and work to close the civics education gap and prepare young Americans for civic engagement as voters and informed members of their community.


  • This contest is open to U.S citizens of all national backgrounds that are currently studying in the United States or in an American military school out of the country
  • Eligible contestants must be 11th or 12th grade students in a public, private, alternative, parochial school, or a home study program
  • Previous first place JFI scholarship recipients are not eligible
  • Recent high-school graduates are eligible to participate as long as the “deadline” of the current contest falls within 12 months after graduation

How to Apply:

  • Find a military veteran that you do not already know and immerse yourself in the veteran’s life. Spend time together. Discover the veteran’s history, feeling and the impact military service has impacted his/her life. Then document, in essay form, your experience.
  • For more information, you can click on the link below:


Essay Guidelines:

  • The essay MUST be the contestant’s original work. (finalists’ essays will be scanned for plagiarism)
  • Contestants may enter one time only. (per contest)
  • Essays must be1500-2000 words. (cover page, title and footnotes do not contribute to the overall word count – 1499 word count is not acceptable – all rules are firm)
  • Quotations may be used sparingly and sources must be clearly identified. (you may use any form of citation as long as credit is given where due)
  • All entries must be double spaced, in English, and in an easily readable 12 pt. font (Times New Roman, Arial, etc. no script or other “fancy” fonts please)
  • Contestants may not identify themselves, their schools, cities, or state within the essay
  • Entries must be sent in an MS Word file as an attachment. Do not copy either the text of the essay or the cover sheet into the body of the email.
  • The cover sheet is to be page one of the attached essay, not a separate attachment
  • Identify the attachment with your last name, first name. (not the essay itself, just the Word document)

Submitting Detail:

Entries must be submitted electronically by email to Scholarship-at-JoeFossInstitute.org.

Award Amount:

The three winners will receive $5,000, $2,500, and $1,000 scholarships to the accredited U.S. College or university of their choices.

Application Deadline:

The application must be submitted by Sunday, November 15, 2015, 11:59 p.m. MST.

Link for More Information:


Contact Information:

Please email your questions to: scholarshipJFI-at-cox.net.

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