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The Lincoln Forum Scholarship Essay Contest

Platt Family Scholarship Prize Essay Contest

1st Prize: $1500                    2nd Prize: $750                       3rd Prize:  $500


2012 marks the 150th anniversary of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. In light of the complicated path he pursued to reach this milestone, does Lincoln really deserve his reputation as the Great Emancipator?

The scholarship essay contest is designed for students who are FULL TIME, undergraduate students in an AMERICAN COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY during the Spring 2012 semester.  You do not have to be an American citizen, but you do need to be attending an AMERICAN COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY during the eligibility period. It is NOT open to high school students. Key question to consider; when one contacts your college or university registrar will they be able to confirm that you were enrolled as a full-time college student during the spring 2012 semester? If the answer is no, you are not eligible.

  • Entries must contain a minimum of 1,500 and a maximum of 5,000 words.
  • Essays may be submitted via regular mail (postmarked by July 31, 2012) or via e-mail (time stamped before midnight PST July 31, 2012) to the address below.
  • The essay must be typed and include a works-cited page or bibliography. End notes are suggested but not required.
  • There is no application form for the contest. The essay and your contact information serves as your application.
  • Applicants must include the name of their college or university with their entire and all contact information (regular and email address) must be put on the essay proper.
  • The essay can be sent via email ( e-mail: archives@akspl.org) or regular mail to the address below.Don McCue, curator of The Lincoln Shrine in Redlands, California serves as coordinator of the Essay Contest.

    If the above information does not answer your question please contact:

    • Don McCue, Curator — Lincoln Memorial Shrine
    • Address: 125 W. Vine St, Redlands, CA 92373
    • Phone: (909) 798-7632
    • E-mail: archives@akspl.org
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