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Subchapter VIII. Legislative Essay Scholarship

The purpose of the Legislative Essay Scholarship is to encourage high school students to learn about and appreciate the foundations of American government, and to demonstrate this understanding and writing skill through an annual essay contest.

72 Del. Laws, c. 461, § 2; 73 Del. Laws, c. 188, § 1.;

Eligible students are 12th graders who are enrolled in a public, private or charter school or a home school program.

73 Del. Laws, c. 188, § 1.;

(a) Essays must be original and between 500 and 2,000 words in length.

(b) The topic shall be chosen each year by a committee that consists of 1 member of the Delaware Higher Education Office designated by the Director of the Office, 1 member designated by the president of the Delaware Society Sons of the American Revolution, and 1 member designated by the regent of the Delaware State Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

(c) The topic of the essay must relate to:

(1) Events, persons, philosophies, technologies, governments or ideals in American history;

(2) The approximate 90-year period from 1770 to 1860, including events leading up to the American Revolutionary War, but excluding the Civil War; and

(3) A positive approach to the overall theme of "Building the Foundations of the Modern United States of America."

73 Del. Laws, c. 188, § 1; 77 Del. Laws, c. 431, § 12.;

(a) One $1,000 nonrenewable scholarship shall be awarded to a twelfth grade student-resident from each senatorial and representative district in the State whose essay meets the standards established by the Office.

(b) Three statewide awards shall be made to the writers of the top 3 senatorial or representative district scholarship winners. These nonrenewable scholarships will be in the amounts of $10,000, $7,500 and $5,000.

73 Del. Laws, c. 188, § 1; 74 Del. Laws, c. 307, § 374; 75 Del. Laws, c. 350, § 421; 77 Del. Laws, c. 431, § 12.;