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Benjamin Franklin

Scholar Award

Thank you to all students who submitted essays.


Essay judging and winner notification will be delayed until Pennsylvania schools reopen.

We will update the site with more information as we have it.

Stay well during this time and thank you for your patience. 

The Pennsylvania Society's Benjamin Franklin Scholar Award invited Pennsylvania public school juniors to submit an original essay discussing the modern-day relevance of a Benjamin Franklin quote. We are pleased to announce that the 2020 quote is:


“Love your Enemies, for they tell you your Faults"

(Franklin, Benjamin. "Poor Richard Improved." 1756.


Email with any questions.

The essay submission deadline is

February 21, 2020.





Most Recent Scholar Award Winners


First Prize $6,000

Harrison Booth – Conestoga Valley High School

Lancaster, Lancaster County


Second Prize $4,000

Sanjit Beriwal - North Allegheny Senior High School

Wexford, Allegheny County


Third Prize $2,000

Maggie Hieber - Franklin Regional Senior High School

Murrysville, Westmoreland County