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The Lincoln Forum Platt Family Scholarship Prize Essay Contest

The scholarship essay contest is designed for students who are FULL TIME, undergraduate students in an AMERICAN COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY during the Spring 2017 semester. The July 31 deadline is designed to give these students time to finish their essays, if need be, after final exams.

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.

Entries will be judged by the essay committee of The Lincoln Forum.
Deadline for entries is July 31, 2017

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, 2017) or via e-mail (time stamped before midnight PST July 31, 2017) 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.

Judging will take place during the fall. The three winners will be announced at the Lincoln Forum annual meeting in Gettysburg on November 18th. Checks from the Lincoln Forum will be sent to the winners in December 2017 The scholarship prize money is designed as a reward for academic excellence. It can be used for any purpose the winner desires.

The essay can be sent via email ( e-mail: ) or regular mail to the address below.


Late July

Application Procedure:
Student applies directly

Eligible to Apply:

Undergraduate: At any level

Graduate: None

Award Type:
Essay Contest

Award Period:
Academic Year (Undergraduate)

Disciplines / Areas of Study or Interest:
Abraham Lincoln. Open to all fields.

Additional Qualifications:
Must be attending an AMERICAN COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY during the eligibility period

Last Updated:
July 23, 2018

Last Updated: 9/12/17