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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.

We are pleased to announce that the 2024 quote is:

“Tis a Common Observation here that our Cause is the Cause of all Mankind; and that we are fighting for their Liberty in defending our own. ’Tis a glorious Task assign’d us by Providence; which has I trust given us Spirit and Virtue equal to it, and will at last crown it with Success.” 

 

Franklin, Benjamin. “Letter to Samuel Cooper, May 1, 1777.” The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, http://franklinpapers.org/ 

Essays are due on

Friday, March 1, 2024

Email scholaraward@pasociety.com with any questions.

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2023 Scholar Award Winners

 

First Prize $6,000

Haley Dexter – Avonworth High School, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County

 

Second Prize $4,000

Leah Kuban- Avonworth High School, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County

 

Third Prize $2,000

Lilia MacKenzie - Avonworth High School, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County

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