SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

2022 Scholarship Winners!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USCSF has awarded over $200,000 in scholarships and awards since its inception in 2016. This year there were five winners of the University of US Essay Competition.

$5,000 Scholarship Winners:

Steve Ardia Memorial Scholarship: Eva Burbo from Home School

• Steve Braddock Memorial Scholarship: Meredith Gelston of Lindisfarne Hall

​• Dennis Schroeder Honorary Scholarship: Analise Kwiatkowski from Home School

Miriam Sancey of Yulee High School

 

$10,000 Scholarship Winner:

Christina Cortes of Fernandina Beach High School

 

The essay competition topic asked the student to propose a new Constitutional Amendment. The essay should discuss the conditions that prompt the need for this amendment, the benefits of this amendment and any arguments against the passing of this amendment.

Read Christina's winning essay here.

 

  2021 Scholarship Winners  

Members of the 2021 University of US Class submitted winning essays on the topic:

The Supreme Court Justices

Click below to view the Scholarship Award Winners and their Essays.

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  2020 Scholarship Winners  

Members of the 2020 University of US Class submitted winning essays on the topic:

The Electoral College: Should it be abandoned, or should we keep it, and why?

Click below to view the Scholarship Award Winners and their Essays. Each winner will be featured in a series over the summer months.

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  2019 Scholarship Winners  

Five Nassau County students each received a $5,000 scholarship from the U.S. Constitution Scholarship Foundation (USCSF) presented by

The Honorable Robert Foster at a family dinner and graduation celebration for 2019.

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Students were eligible for the scholarship competition by attending five of six University of US classes coordinated by Sharyl Wood, program director, and passing a final exam. Qualifiers wrote a 2000-word essay about which amendment to the Constitution they would eliminate or amend and why. Essays were judged in two blinded phases, first by the USCSF Board of Directors and second, by a team composed of Judge Robert Foster, Judge James Daniel, Chris Bryan, and Jim Flynn.

The winning essays can be viewed here.

Additional students receiving monetary awards in the competition included, Samuel Bradsher, HE, Matthew Farrell, FBHS, Katherine Gates, HE, Reegan Graves, FBHS, Joshua Hebert, HE, Emma Johnson, FBHS, Emily Joinville, YHS, Emma Lewis, HMSHS, and Brody Mandelbaum, FBHS.

Matthew Farrell and Brody Mandelbaum were also recognized for their support as student ambassadors assisting in class activities.

The Honorable Adrian Soud closed the graduation exercise with an impassioned presentation of portions from George Washington’s Farewell Address. Judge Soud explained how Washington’s
plea for Americans to avoid excessive political spirit and geographical distinction are as relevant today as in 1796.

To get updates on previous Scholarship Winners, click here.

Applications for the University of US program are available to all high school students in May of each year at the front office of Nassau County high schools, or by contacting UniversityofUS2022@gmail.com

ESSAY COMMITTEE

Honorable Robert M. Foster Retired Judge Nassau County

Honorable James Daniel Circuit Judge Nassau County

Honorable Jenny Higginbotham Circuit Judge Nassau County

Chris Bryan Retired Businesswoman

Ron Blum Retired Businessman
Ted Hissey Retired Businessman

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