Young Patriots Essay Contest

The National Center for Policy Analysis and Debate Central are happy to announce the 2016-2017 Young Patriots Essay Contest. The essay contest is sponsored by Copart, the premier destination for quality vehicles. The Young Patriots Essay Contest is designed to challenge middle and high school students to creatively engage with public policy and current events through the art of writing. A total of $9,000 scholarship award is available for the winning candidates.

The National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research organization, established in 1983. The goal of organization goal is to develop and promote private, free-market alternatives to government regulation and control, solving problems.


  • Any American citizen or lawful resident who is currently a student in grades 6-12, or recent high school graduates who have never enrolled as a degree-seeking student in any college or university.
  • If you have enrolled in a college course for dual credit during high school, you are still eligible.
  • One other caveat: if you have ever won first place in a previous year’s Young Patriots Essay Contest, you are not eligible to win again.
  • Homeschool students are eligible.
  • American citizens residing abroad are eligible.
  • Non-citizen legal residents are also eligible. International students who do not meet these criteria are not eligible.

How to Apply:

Applying for the scholarship the candidates must fill the entry form and submit the essay. The link is:

Essay Topic:

  • Your essay should be written in English and should not exceed 1,200 words.
  • Your bibliography does not count towards your word total.
  • The topic for the 2016-2017 scholarship essay contest is:“Are international free trade agreements in the best interest of the United States?

Financial Aid and Award Money:

  • Earn a college scholarship of up to $9,000.
  • Have your essay published on Debate Central.
  • See your essay posted on the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) home page.
  • Have your essay shared with 200,000 NCPA Policy Patriots via email.
  • Have your winning entry be sent to your hometown newspapers, radio, and TV.

 Application Deadline:

The application form and essay must be submitted by Sunday, January 1, 2017, at 11:00pm.

 Link for More Information:

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