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The Pennsylvania Society's Benjamin Franklin Scholar Award invites Pennsylvania public school juniors to submit an original essay discussing the modern-day relevance of a Benjamin Franklin quote.

The 2023 quote is:

“That as we enjoy great Advantages from the Inventions of others, we should be glad of an Opportunity to serve others by any Invention of ours, and this we should do freely and generously.”  

Franklin, Benjamin. “Autobiography, Part 13.” 

The Papers of Benjamin Franklin,

The 2023 submission deadline has passed. 

Thank you for your submissions!



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2022 Scholar Award Winners


First Prize $6,000

Gabriella Naveh – Taylor Allderdice High School

Pittsburgh, Allegheny County


Second Prize $4,000

Claudia Roth Hesson- Julia R. Masterman High School

Philadelphia, Philadelphia County


Third Prize $2,000

Erin Scanga - North Allegheny Senior High School

Wexford, Allegheny County

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