The NSSAR Knight Essay Contest

National Society, Sons of the American Revolution (NSSAR) is pleased to announce Knight Essay Contest. The program is designed to freshman, sophomore, junior and senior students and provides opportunity to explore events that shaped American history. The national winning essay will be submitted for publication in The SAR Magazine.

The Sons of the American Revolution is the leading male lineage society that perpetuates the ideals of the war for independence. It is historical, educational, and patriotic, non-profit corporation that is organized under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.


  • The contest is open to all students who are United States citizens or legal resident aliens.
  • Contestants shall be in the freshman, sophomore, junior or senior grade of high school study during the contest year and attending school, including accredited home schools.
  • Only one entry per student is permitted per contest year

How to apply:

To be considered for essay contest, the candidates must submit an essay:

The topic of the essay shall deal with an event, person, philosophy, or ideal associated with the American Revolution, the Declaration of Independence, or the framing of the United States Constitution.

Essay Requirement:

  • The essay must have four parts:
  1. Title page
  2. Essay text
  3. Bibliography and
  4. Contestant’s biography
  • The essay must be based upon no less than five references, at least three of which must be published works.
  • References to an encyclopedia or Internet websites are acceptable, but will not be satisfy the requirement that at least three references be published works. If there are no published references, the essay will be disqualified

Submitting Details:

The essay must be submitted to the At Large Judge, Mr. Allen Gray at

Award Amount:

Awards are as follows:

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

Application Deadline:

The essay must be submitted by December 31, 2015.

Link for more Information:

Contact Information:

Questions regarding specific rules may be directed to the National Chairman.
Michael J. Elston
P.O. Box 336
Lorton VA 22199-0336




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