Platt Family Scholarship Prize Essay Contest

The Lincoln Forum is pleased to announce its annual “Platt Family Scholarship Prize Essay Contest”. The essay contest is open to the students who are full-time, undergraduate students in an American College or University. Special contributions of the forum to the field of Lincoln studies contribute through a roster of activities and projects including symposia, tours, and student essay competitions. The total amount of the essay contest announced by them is $2,700 for the winners.

The Lincoln Forum is an assembly of people who share a deep interest in the life and times of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War era. The Forum endeavors to enhance the understanding and preserve the memory of Abraham Lincoln.


In order to apply for the scholarship, applicants must meet all of the following eligibility

  • The scholarship essay contest is designed for students, who are full-time, undergraduate students in an American college or university during the Spring 2017 semester.
  • The candidates do not have to be an American citizen, but you do need to be attending an American College or University during the eligibility period
  • It is not open to high school students. The key question to consider, when forum contact your college or university registrar will they be able to confirm that you were enrolled as a full-time college student during the spring 2015 semester? If the answer is no, you are not eligible

How to Apply:

To applying, the applicants must write an essay and the topic of the essay for 2017 is given below

Several American presidents, including ideological opposites George W. Bush and Barack Obama, have stated that they have either admired or sought inspiration from the life and times of Abraham Lincoln. What is it about Lincoln that appeals to a wide range of political leaders?  What lessons from Lincoln’s presidency might be useful to our new president?

There is no application form for the contest, applicants must submit essay via email

Submitting Details:

Applicants can also mail their essay by regular mail at the address given below

Don McCue, Curator — Lincoln Memorial Shrine

125 W. Vine St.

Redlands, CA 92373

phone: (909) 798-7632


Platt Family Scholarship Prize Essay Contest

Financial Aid and Award Money:         

Three awards are given to the winning candidates.

  • 1st Prize $1500
  • 2nd Prize $750
  • 3rd Prize $500

Application Deadline: 

If you are interested in applying then you must postmark your essay by July 31, 2017.

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Contact Information:

If the above information does not answer your question please contact:

Don McCue, Curator — Lincoln Memorial Shrine

125 W. Vine St.

Redlands, CA 92373phone: (909) 798-7632

phone: (909) 798-7632



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