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 2022 winners have been announced. 

Thank you for you for your submissions.



The 2021 quote was:

“Much of the Strength and Efficiency of any Government in procuring and securing Happiness to the People depends on Opinion, on the general Opinion of the Goodness of that Government as well as of the Wisdom and Integrity of its Governors.”  

Speech in the Convention on the Constitution

 September 17, 1787


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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