NDNY-FCBA
Constitutional 
Scholars 
Program


THIRD ANNUAL ESSAY CONTEST

NOW OPEN TO ALL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
IN THE COUNTIES OF ONONDAGA, ALBANY, SCHENECTADY AND TROY

CALL FOR ENTRIES!

Subject: The origin of some aspect of the U.S. Constitution, to be chosen by the student. For some possible essay topics (and excerpts of research materials), click here

Who Is Eligible: All students in grades 9 through 12 in the Counties of Onondaga, Albany, Schenectady and Troy. There is no entry fee. But each student may submit only one essay per annual contest.

Format: A typed essay of up to 2,000 words in length based on primary sources cited in a recognized system. No reference to the student's name may appear on the essay, but must appear on a title page, along with the student's grade level, school, home mailing address, telephone number, and any email address. For the official rules, click here.

Due Date: Essays are due by midnight on March 15, 2018. Essays may be submitted one of two ways: (1) as an email attachment in Word, Word Perfect or PDF format (not Google Docs or Mac Pages) sent to director@constitutionalscholars.org, or (2) by regular U.S. Mail sent to Michael G. Langan, Esq., Chambers of Hon. Glenn T. Suddaby, U.S. District Court, 100 South Clinton Street, Syracuse NY 13261. 

Judging: By a panel of three or more federal court judges based on contentclarity and style, to be determined by the judges in their sole discretion. Results will be announced on or before May 1, 2018 (Law Day).

Prizes: Three prizes will be offered to high school students in each of the following four sections: (1) the City Public School Section of the Greater-Syracuse Division; (2) the Private and Suburban School Section of the Greater-Syracuse Division; (3) the City Public School Section of the Capital Region Division; and (4) the Private and Suburban School Section of the Capital Region Division. First place prize will be at least $400, second place prize will be at least $150, and third place prize will be at least $75. (To the extent that prize money is not awarded, that prize money may, in the discretion of the Program Director, be split among the prize winners in proportion to their other winnings.)