2019-2020 Scholarships

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Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Student of the Year Campaign 

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Students of the Year Campaign is a seven-week initiative, in which nominated high school students participate in a fundraising competition to benefit the life-saving mission of LLS: to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. The top fundraising candidate(s) at the end of the seven-week challenge earns the title “Students of the Year”, as well as a $10,000 scholarship to the college or university of his/her choice. Students will also have the opportunity to receive one of our Citizenship Awards, and those candidates who achieve the campaign’s fundraising minimum will also be recognized for their achievement. Throughout the campaign, the students will be raising money in honor of a local patient hero who is currently battling a blood cancer. 

Students of the Year candidates are high school students enrolled in New Jersey public or private schools who are interested in and enthusiastic about philanthropy, community outreach, and leadership. This campaign not only offers visibility in the community, but also demonstrates the candidates’ excellence in leadership and community engagement for college applications and professional resumes.

Students of the Year applicants for the 2020 campaign must submit an application by December 1, 2019. The campaign will launch on January 16, 2020 and will culminate with the Grand Finale Celebration on March 7, 2020. 

For more information and/or to apply, go to:

Questions can be directed to Ashlee Newman by phone at (908) 956-6619 or by email at


The Eugene McDermott Scholars Program


The Eugene McDermott Scholars Program provides these select students with UT Dallas' rigorous and personalized education, along with a four-year program of intensive extracurricular activities. McDermott Scholars have access to leadership training, cultural enrichment, and opportunities designed to equip them with the skills, experience, and confidence to succeed as leaders in society’s many dimensions.

Financial Components

·         Full UT Dallas tuition and fees

·         Living stipend (for non-tuition expenses)

·         $1,000 yearly textbook stipend

·         $12,000 fund for scholar-designed study abroad

·         $3,000 fund for individualized professional development

·         Travel expenses for cohort trips to Santa Fe, Austin, and Washington, DC

·         Tickets to the Dallas Symphony, Dallas Opera, Texas Ballet Theater, Dallas Theater Center, and other cultural events

·         Travel home twice yearly for domestic students, and once yearly for international students

Additional Benefits

·         Opportunities to intern at local, state, and national organizations and to research in a wide range of laboratories on campus

·         Automatic membership in Collegium V Honors Program

·         Close-knit social and professional network of fellow scholars and alumni

·         Exposure to and mentoring from faculty members

·         Close acquaintance with and access to the University’s administrators

·         Introductions to Dallas leaders and organizations

·         Compelling resume for graduate school and other post-college pursuits

Deadline: Dec. 12, 2019

For more information and/or to apply, go to: 


Assumption College 

 $10,000 Brassard Scholarship for Catholic High School Students

As a Catholic high school student, you recognize and appreciate the value of a faith-based education, and if you are accepted to Assumption College for admission, you will be awarded the annual $2,500 Brassard Scholarship. 

At Assumption you will receive:

·         A classic liberal arts education with strong business and professional studies

·         A $2,500 scholarship for graduates of Catholic high schools, awarded annually for all four years at Assumption (in addition to other financial aid or scholarship awards you might receive)

·         Consideration for merit scholarships up to $25,000

·         The guarantee that your tuition rate will not increase during your four years through the Assumption Assurance program

For more information and/or to apply, go to: 


Light the Way Scholarship

Assumption College inspires students, faculty and staff to Light the Way. Our mission reminds us that there is a greater purpose to life and that each individual has gifts and talents to share with the world. In and outside of the classroom, Assumption students are using the incredible resources around them—people, places, opportunities—to feed their minds, grow their hearts, and pass it on.

Assumption’s Light the Way Scholarship is awarded to incoming students who utilize their abilities to Light the Way for others. Whether it’s community service to help people in need, innovation to improve society, or volunteering to heal our planet, this scholarship recognizes and supports students who positively impact the world in their own meaningful way.

Each year, Assumption College will award up to 50, $27,000 scholarships, renewable all four years.*

Students must apply for admission to Assumption College and complete the Light the Way Scholarship application by Friday, December 15, 2019. ​​​​​​​

For more information and/or to apply, go to: 


American Legion
High School Oratorical Contest

The contest was developed primarily to instill a better knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States in high school students. Other objectives include the development of leadership qualities, the ability to think and speak clearly, and the preparation for acceptance of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship.


Another purpose of the program is to assist students in paying the high cost of a college education. The first place winner takes home $18,000 and the next two finishers receive $16,000 and $14,000. First round participants in the National Contest receive a $1,500 scholarship. Second round participants who do not advance to the final round will receive an additional $1,500 scholarship.

The New Jersey Contest will award a $4,000 scholarship for the first place winner, $2,500 for second place, $2,000 for third place and $1,000 each for fourth and fifth place.


The New Jersey winner will advance to the National Finals Contest, a weekend’s competition of Quarter-final, Semi-final and National final contests that are held in the headquarters city of The American Legion, Indianapolis, Indiana. The 2020 American Legion High School Oratorical National Finals will be held on April 19, 2020.

The Prepared Oration

The prepared oration must be on some aspect of the Constitution of the United States with emphasis on the duties and obligations of a citizen to our government. The same subject and oration used in the department contest must be used in the national contest.

The prepared oration must be the original effort of each contestant and must not take up less than eight (8) minutes or more than ten (10) minutes for delivery. It must be delivered in the English language.

Contestants may have in their possession a copy of their prepared oration in the first holding room. They may consult the copy of their prepared oration, until they exit the holding room in order to begin the contest, at which time the copy of the prepared oration will be surrendered to the contest official who is monitoring the first holding room.

In the prepared oration, as well as in the assigned topic discourse, quotations must be indicated as such. Where quotations are more than ten words in length, the author’s name must be given in the manuscript and cited orally. The singing of a song(s) is not permitted and will result in the immediate disqualification of the contestant. The contestant may, however, quote a verse(s) of a song provided proper attribution is made.

Assigned Topic Discourse

The assigned topic discourse must not consume less than three (3) minutes or more than five (5) minutes for delivery. The purpose of the assigned topic discourse is to test the speaker’s knowledge of the subject, the extent of his or her research and the ability to discuss the topic as related to the basic principles of government under the Constitution.

The assigned topic shall be drawn by the contest official in full view of the audience immediately before the last speaker begins delivery of his/her prepared oration and will be made known to the audience and each contestant approximately five (5) minutes prior to the time of delivery. The topic will be on some phase of the Constitution of the United States as listed under assigned topics in Chapter Four.

All contestants at each contest level are required to speak in the English language on the same assigned topic.

Assigned Topics for 2019 contest

Amendment XII

The Electors shall meet in their respective states, and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves; they shall name in their ballots the person voted for as President, and in distinct ballots the person voted for as Vice-President, and they shall make distinct lists of all persons voted for as President, and of all persons voted for as Vice-President, and of the number of votes for each, which lists they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the seat of the government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate; — The President of the Senate shall, in the presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the certificates and the votes shall then be counted; — The person having the greatest number of votes for President, shall be the President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed; and if no person have such majority, then from the persons having the highest numbers not exceeding three on the list of those voted for as President, the House of Representatives shall choose immediately, by ballot, the President. But in choosing the President, the votes shall be taken by states, the representation from each state having one vote; a quorum for this purpose shall consist of a member or members from two-thirds of the states, and a majority of all the states shall be necessary to a choice. And if the House of Representatives shall not choose a President whenever the right of choice shall devolve upon them, before the fourth day of March next following, then the Vice-President shall act as President, as in the case of the death or other constitutional disability of the President. — The person having the greatest number of votes as Vice-President, shall be the Vice-President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed, and if no person have a majority, then from the two highest numbers on the list, the Senate shall choose the Vice-President; a quorum for the purpose shall consist of two-thirds of the whole number of Senators, and a majority of the whole number shall be necessary to a choice. But no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States.

Amendment XX

Section. 1. The terms of the President and Vice President shall end at noon on the 20th day of January, and the terms of Senators and Representatives at noon on the 3d day of January, of the years in which such terms would have ended if this article had not been ratified; and the terms of their successors shall then begin.

Section. 2. The Congress shall assemble at least once in every year, and such meeting shall begin at noon on the 3d day of January, unless they shall by law appoint a different day.

 Section. 3. If, at the time fixed for the beginning of the term of the President, the President elect shall have died, the Vice President elect shall become President. If a President shall not have been chosen before the time fixed for the beginning of his term, or if the President elect shall have failed to qualify, then the Vice President elect shall act as President until a President shall have qualified; and the Congress may by law provide for the case wherein neither a President elect nor a Vice President elect shall have qualified, declaring who shall then act as President, or the manner in which one who is to act shall be selected, and such person shall act accordingly until a President or Vice President shall have qualified.

Section. 4. The Congress may by law provide for the case of the death of any of the persons from whom the House of Representatives may choose a President whenever the right of choice shall have devolved upon them, and for the case of the death of any of the persons from whom the Senate may choose a Vice President whenever the right of choice shall have devolved upon them.

Section. 5. Sections 1 and 2 shall take effect on the 15th day of October following the ratification of this article. Section.

6. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years from the date of its submission..

Amendment XXIV

Section. 1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election for President or Vice President, for electors for President or Vice President, or for Senator or Representative in Congress, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State by reason of failure to pay any poll tax or other tax.

Section. 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Amendment XXVII

No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened.


·         POST LEVEL to be completed by February 1, 2020 (Results to the County Chairman by February 8, 2020)

·         COUNTY LEVEL to be completed by February 15, 2020 (Results to the District Chairman by February 22, 2020)

·         DISTRICT LEVEL to be completed by February 29, 2020 (Results to the Department and Department Chairman immediately after contest completion)

·         Department Finals will be held on March 14, 2020 at the War Memorial Building, Trenton, NJ.

·         National Quarter Finals Round will be held Saturday morning, April 18, 2020.

·         National Semi-Finals Round will be held on Sunday morning, April 19, 2020.

·         National Final Round will be held Sunday morning, April 7, 2020

·         All National competitions will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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John F. Kennedy Library Foundation
2020 Profile in Courage Essay Contest  

In Profiles in Courage, John F. Kennedy recounted the stories of eight U.S. senators who risked their careers to do what was right for the nation. These leaders demonstrated political courage by taking a stand for the public good in spite of pressure by interest groups, their political party, or even their constituents. The Profile in Courage Essay Contest challenges students to write an original and creative essay that demonstrates an understanding of political courage as described by John F. Kennedy in Profiles in Courage.

Contest Topic

Describe and analyze an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917, the year John F. Kennedy was born. Include an analysis of the obstacles, risks, and consequences associated with the act. The essay may concern an issue at the local, state, national, or international level.

The maximum word count is 1,000 with a minimum of 700, not including citations and bibliography. Use at least five varied sources such as government documents, letters, newspaper articles, books, and/or personal interviews.

All submissions must adhere to contest requirements.

The contest deadline is January 17, 2020.

For more information and/or to submit your essay, go to: