Sons Of The American Revolution Essay Contest Scholarships

George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest

The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) invites all high school students (9th through 12th grades) interested in the American Revolution to participate in the George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest. The contest is open to all students attending home schools, public, parochial, or private high schools in that same grade range. The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed this program on the 2017-18 NASSP List of Approved Contests, Programs, and Activities for Students.

To participate, students must submit an original 800- to 1,200-word essay based on an event, person, philosophy or ideal associated with the American Revolution, Declaration of Independence, or the framing of the United States Constitution. Each student’s essay will be judged based upon its historical accuracy, clarity, organization, grammar and spelling, and documentation.

The contest is conducted in three phases: the local chapter, state-level society, and national phases. The contest must be entered through an SAR chapter near the student’s residence. In some cases, the contest may be entered at the state level (if the local society does not have chapters or the chapters are not participating) and a contact-at-large should be used to find out more contest details. The list of contest contacts listed below can provide you with assistance in entering the Knight Essay Contest. Only one entry per student is permitted per contest year.

A complete set of rules, along with the application for both the applicant and the sponsoring SAR members, can be found below. Please be aware that the local application deadline dates may vary, so interested applicants should reach out to their local SAR member listed below for further details.

George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest Rules

George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Application Form

Contacts

The current George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest Judge-at-Large is Mr. Christopher Smithson (ctsmithson@gmail.com).

Previous Winners

The George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest Committee is proud to announce the winner of the national contest. Each year, the SAR receives an average of thirty state-level winners from around the country to compete in the national-level contest. Visitors can find a list of the previous George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest national winners below.

YearWinning EssayistSponsoring SAR Society
2016Joseph NusbaumFlorida SAR
2015Matthew PenzaConnecticut SAR
2014Elizabeth LillyVirginia SAR
2013Bryan HabashiVirginia SAR
2012Katie LavenderVirginia SAR
2011Amanda SchanzVirginia SAR
2010Cody E. NagerEmpire State SAR
2009Hayley SchoepplerWisconsin SAR
2008Jenna BarkerSouth Carolina SAR
2007Derek McMahanKentucky SAR
2006Kristin PersoniusTexas SAR
2005H. Curtis KuntzPennsylvania SAR
2004Daniel E. Sigler
Empire State SAR
2003Daniel E. SiglerGeorgia SAR
2002Nathan W. SkellyMissouri SAR
2001Stephanie CondonCalifornia SAR
2000Jenna DonderoTexas SAR
1999Courtney PowellVirginia SAR
1998Kimberly BraunDelaware SAR
1997John RacksonMaryland SAR
1996Justin JaeckWisconsin SAR
1995Catherine ClaytonTexas SAR

Arthur M. & Berdena King Eagle Scout Award

The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) invites all Eagle Scouts (under 19 years of age) interested in the American Revolution to participate in the Arthur M. & Berdena King Eagle Scout Award. The contest is open to all Eagle Scouts who are currently registered in an active unit and have not reached their nineteenth birthday during the year of application. While the preliminary rounds of the contest begin at the local level, Scouts may eventually advance to the state or national levels, eventually held in June during the annual SAR Congress, and awarded up to $10,000.

College plans do not have to be completed in order to receive the cash award. Three cash awards are given: the National First Place Winner receives $10,000; the Runner-up receives $6,000; and the 2nd Runner-up receives $4,000. Scouts may apply more than one year if he meets the age requirements, but no more than $10,000 total may be granted to any one Eagle Scout. Prizes and recognition may also be awarded at the SAR chapter and society level. Each Eagle Scout must complete an application form, a four-generation ancestor chart, and a 500-word patriotic themed essay.

The competition is conducted in three phases: the local chapter, state-level society, and national phases. The competition is usually entered at the chapter level, though in some cases, the competition may be entered at the society level. Applicants may not enter at the national level. Contest entrants need complete only one application for the SAR chapter-level competition. The application of the chapter-level winner is forwarded to be used in the society- and national-level competitions by the SAR as appropriate. A complete set of rules, along with the application for both the applicant and the sponsoring SAR members, can be found below. Please be aware that the local application deadline dates may vary, so interested applicants should reach out to their local SAR member listed below for further details.

Eagle Scout Application

Four-Generation Ancestor Chart and Instructions

Contacts

Previous Winners

YearWinning Eagle ScoutSponsoring SAR Society
2016Grant MercerGeorgia SAR
2015Padraic G. HennesseyMissouri SAR
2014Samuel P. DonovanMissouri Sar
2013David C. HagerFlorida SAR
2012Abram M. WeeksUtah SAR
2011Robert RasmussenMinnesota SAR
2010David Cadwell PegadoEmpire State SAR
2009Gerrit S. BakkerMichigan SAR
2008Paul BanwartMinnesota SAR
2007Charles C. McBride IIConneticut SAR
2006Michael W. GroganMissouri SAR
2005John R. RassmussenMinnesota SAR

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