SAR George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest

At the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) and the George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest Committee is proud to announce the George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest to invites all high school students (9th through 12th grades) interested in the American Revolution to participate in this Contest. The contest is open to all students who are attending home schools, public, parochial, or private high schools in that same grade range.The contest is designed to give students an opportunity to explore topics based on original research and deal with an event, person, philosophy, or ideal associated with the American Revolution. The contest is conducted in three phases: the local (Chapter), state-level (Society), and national phases.

The Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) is dedicated to assisting our members, schools, teachers and the general public in their efforts to sustain and preserve our history and constitutional principles.The SAR is a patriotic, historical, and educational non-profit corporation, United States 501(c)3, that seeks to maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom,  an appreciation for true patriotism, a respect for our national symbols, the value of American citizenship, and the unifying force of e Pluribus Unum.


  • All students who are United States citizens or legal aliens are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants shall be attending public, parochial, or private high schools (including accredited home schools).
  • Applicants shall be enrolled in the 9th through 12th grades during the contest year.
  • The contest must be entered through an SAR chapter near the student’s residence.

How to Apply:

To apply for the contest, the applicant can download application form from the given link:

Supporting Documents:

To participate, students must submit an original 800- to 1,200-word essay based on an event, person, philosophy or ideal associated with the American Revolution, Declaration of Independence, or the framing of the United States Constitution.

Write an essay and submit contest entries as PDF files attached to emails.  The essay must have four parts: 1) title page, 2) essay pages, 3) bibliography or works cited, and 4) applicant’s biography.

  • Title Page – The title page must include the following:
  1. Title of the Essay
  2. Applicant’s name, grade, address, phone number & email
  3. Applicant’s high school’s name, address & phone number
  4. Statement on how applicant learned about the contest (if from the Internet, include the URL of the website)
  • Essay Pages – The essay must:
  1. Minimum of 800 and a maximum of 1,200 words (excluding title page, footnotes, bibliography, page, and biography)
  2. The first page must include the title
  3. No applicant information is on the essay pages
  4. 12-point Times New Roman font and double-spaced
  5. Use 8 ½” by 11” paper with 1” margins on all sides
  6. Essay pages are numbered sequentially, starting with “1”
  7. No graphics, special covers or bindings are allowed
  • Bibliography pages – The bibliography must:
  1. Citations in the essay and references in the bibliography must be in accordance with a widely used, publicly available citation system (Examples include the Chicago Manual of Style, the MLA Manual of Style, & the MHRA Style Guide)
  2. The bibliography must specify the system used
  3. No applicant information is in the bibliography
  4. Minimum of 5 references, 3 of which must be published works (encyclopedias or internet sources are acceptable but not considered part of the 3 published works)
  • Biography page – The biography must:
  1. Limited to one page
  2. Includes academic awards and achievements, school activities, community activities and plans for college.

Submitting Details:

A completed entry form must be emailed to the SAR Americanism Committee Chairman with a copy to the SAR Education Director at

SAR George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest

Financial Aid and Award Money:

Awards at the chapter and state level may vary. Contact the specific chairmen for more information. Awards at the national level are as follows:

  • First place winner will receive up to $5,000- a medal and recognition certificate and up to $500 toward travel expenses and a one-night hotel stay for the winner and a chaperone at the annual SAR Congress.
  • Second Place winner will receive up to $2,500 and a recognition certificate
  • Third Place winner will receive up to $1,000 and a recognition certificate

The winning essay of the national contest will be submitted for publication in the SAR Magazine.

Application Deadline:

To application are must submit no later than June 1, 2017.

Link for More Information:

Contact Information:

If you have any question, may be directed to the national SAR Knight Essay Chairman- Mr. James M. Lindley at

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