Americanism Educational Leaders Essay Contest 2014 – Due Date June 30th

AEL Collegiate Essay ContestThe Americanism Educational Leaders and Pepperdine University Libraries are pleased to announce its annual collegiate essay contest.

At the heart of the mission of the Americanism Educational Leaders (AEL) is its strong belief in “American exceptionalism” (i.e., that our country is exceptional in the history of the world). All of AEL’s programs are meant to encourage students to learn about, understand, and appreciate some aspect of the American experience. For the AEL, educating our youth about basic American values, history, and institutions is the best way to protect the American dream for all of our people.

This essay contest is an opportunity for undergraduate students to express their equally strong belief in American exceptionalism.

Each student is allowed one essay on one of the following prompts:

  • Political: How would you address the issue of United States congressional gridlock?
  • Social: How would you address the issues of immigration in the United States?
  • Economical: How would you address the current United States budget deficit?

Each essay must be between 1,500 and 2,000 words in length, typed and double-spaced.

Deadline: June 30, 2014


  • First Prize: $2,500
  • Second Prize: $1,500
  • Third Prize: $1,000

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Americanism Educational Leaders Essay Contest 2014 – Due Date June 30th