New Contest Offers Chance to Win $10,000 Scholarship

The Joe Foss Institute has launched a new scholarship contest for high school students across the country. The Institute, whose mission is to inspire youth toward public service, announced the video contest Friday, September 28.

In order to enter, students must submit a video, up to three minutes in length, on the topic Why our freedoms, our Constitution, and our Bill of Rights are worth defending. Joe Foss Institute CEO and President, Dr. Lucian Spataro, Jr., stated that the Institute hopes that this competition will allow high school students to creatively express themselves through media while becoming more aware of the unique qualities of America’s freedoms and the importance of our founding documents.

Students can submit original videos, explaining why our founding documents are vital to all Americans, through November 11, 2012. Public voting on submissions will be open from November 12 to December 16. After that, a panel will judge the top seven entries on theme development, incorporation of the importance of the Constitution and Bill of Rights, creativity and originality, compliance with contest rules, and video quality. The overall winner will be announced no later than February 8, 2013. The first place winner will receive a $10,000 scholarship. Second place will receive $1,000, and third place will receive $500.

For full details, or to upload a submission, visit the scholarship website at You may also call the Joe Foss Institute at (480)348-0316.

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