The Pennsylvania Society is pleased to announce the Tenth Annual Benjamin Franklin Scholar Award. This is a writing competition open to all Pennsylvania public school students in good standing in their junior year of high school. Students submit an original essay of not more than 750 words discussing the modern day relevance of a selected quotation by Benjamin Franklin.

In honor of its tenth anniversary, the 2015-2016 Benjamin Franklin Scholar Award will now offer a first place prize of $6,000, a second place prize of $4,000 and a third place prize of $2,000. Last year’s award winners represented North Allegheny Senior High School, Boiling Springs High School, and Council Rock High School North.

The Benjamin Franklin Scholar Award honors one of our Nation’s Founding Fathers who continues to have a remarkable impact on our lives today.

Essays are reviewed by judges named by the Pennsylvania Association of School Counselors, the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals and the Pennsylvania School Board Association. Winners are acknowledged at the Society’s annual gathering in December and are honored in person at The Pennsylvania Society Annual Meeting to be held on Friday, April 22nd in Scranton.


2015 Scholar Award Winners

First Prize - Shelby Nigon – Elizabeth Forward High School


Second Prize - Jordan Smith - West York High School


Third Prize - Sarah Richter - Council Rock North High School Newtown