The George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest
To participate, students must submit an original 800- to 1,200-word essay based on an event, person, philosophy or ideal associated with the American Revolution, Declaration of Independence, or the framing of the United States Constitution. Each student’s essay will be judged based upon its historical accuracy, clarity, organization, grammar and spelling, and documentation.
The contest is conducted in three phases: In the local chapter, in the state society, and at the national society. Contestants must enter through an SAR chapter near their residence. (In some states, the contest may be entered at the state level directly if the local society has no chapters or their chapters are not participating.)
A complete set of rules, along with the application for both the applicant and the sponsoring member of the society, can be found below. Please be aware that the local application deadline dates vary; please contact your local chapter for assistance.
- 1st Place: $6,000
- 2nd Place: $3,000
- 3rd Place: $2,000
- 4th Place: $500
- 5th Place: $500