The Pennsylvania Society is pleased to announce the Ninth 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.

The 2014-2015 Benjamin Franklin Scholar Award offers a first place prize of $3,000, a second place prize of $2,000 and a third place prize of $1,000. Last year’s award winners represented Tamaqua Area High School, Avonworth High School, and Schuylkill Valley High School.

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 in the spring.

 

Guidelines for the Benjamin Franklin Scholar Award

  1. Applicants for the Benjamin Franklin Scholar Award must:

    1. Be a junior in good standing at a public high school in Pennsylvania.
    2. Write an essay of not more than 750 words discussing the modern day relevance and applicability of the following writing of Benjamin Franklin:
      “Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies subject to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future and crimes from society.”
    3. Complete the application form.
    4. Submit the application form and essay to the Benjamin Franklin Scholar Award Coordinator designated by the high school.

  1. Participating high schools must:
    1. Designate a faculty member to serve as the Benjamin Franklin Scholar Award Coordinator, as indicated in the fourth item listed above.
    2. Designate persons to read and evaluate all essays, using the scoring rubric provided by The Pennsylvania Society.
    3. There is no limit to the number of essays submitted by each high school. All students in their Junior year, in good standing from each high school are eligible to participate in this competition. (Note: These essays will then be reviewed by judges named by the Pennsylvania Association of School Counselors, the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals and the Pennsylvania School Boards Association.)
    4. The name of the student and high school must appear on each submitted essay.
    5. Essays, completed application forms and a transmittal form must be e-mailed to scholaraward@pasociety.com (No hard copies necessary).
    6. The deadline for essays is Friday, October 24, 2014. This deadline will not be extended.