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ACPL Scholarship Essay Contest

The American Center for Political Leadership (ACPL) at Southeastern University is hosting its first annual essay contest, which is centered around civil discourse and civic engagement. High school students who reside in Polk County can win up to $1,500 in scholarship prize money with a winning essay for the American Center for Political Leadership Civic Initiative Essay Contest.

“The first step to advancing civic engagement is to invite opportunities to get involved,” said ACPL executive director and former congressman Dennis Ross. “This essay contest allows the next generation of leaders to express their reasoned opinions on the importance of being involved in the political process and the need for civil discourse. This generation has the talent and the drive to make this nation better. This essay contest gives them the opportunity to get started.

About the Contest
The essay contest revolves around promoting civil discourse, civic engagement, and civic renewal. Students may enter one essay by March 30, 2021, that answers the prompt, “Why is civic engagement and the need for civil discourse important in our current political climate?”

The contest will be judged by college professors and community leaders. Ten finalists will be selected to advance to the second round of judging and virtually present their essays to a panel of five judges. On April 30, 2021, three winners will be selected. The scholarship award for first place is $1,500, second place is $1,000, and third place is $500.

For more information, how to enter, and a full list of rules, visit the ACPL website.

About the ACPL
The American Center for Political Leadership is a bipartisan think tank that was founded at SEU to raise up a new generation of political leaders who understand that the only way to create real lasting change is by engaging in the process, especially when others pull back. Exercising civility when others work through disrespect, and defending the individual freedoms that form the bedrock of our society, are key to a better nation. The ACPL stands on three pillars: cultivating civic engagement, advancing political civility, and defending individual freedoms. Its goal is to reclaim the traditional American ideal that we can make this nation great by working together, no matter what our differences may be, and give the next generation the tools they need to make this dream a reality.

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