A scholarship competition co-sponsored by American Promise Education Fund and the Sumners Foundation
American Promise & Sumners Foundation Scholarship Competition - Team Application
Each team should complete one application that includes information about all four of your team members. Thank you for your interest!
APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2022.
Teams that are accepted into the competition will be notified by September 26, 2022, and will receive detailed instructions about how to access “virtual office hours” with subject-matter mentors across the country. Competing teams will have three weeks to complete their proposals before presenting them to the judges on October 16, 2022.
Competition Rules & FAQ
Each team must contain four members. On the day of the competition, each team will (1) propose text for a specific constitutional amendment, (2) deliver a 5-minute presentation that explains and justifies the proposal, and (3) respond to questions from the judging panel. For the presentation, pre-made videos or slide decks are required.
The judges will be asked to consider the following:
- Does the proposal address the type of social problem that should be tackled via a constitutional amendment?
- Is the text of the proposal designed to be workable and enduring?
- Did the team present a practical vision of how the text would actually be implemented?
- Has the team offered a reasonable political strategy for ratification of the proposed amendment?
- Was the 5-minute presentation compelling and well-structured?
- Did the team anticipate skepticism/objections and have well-reasoned responses?
No. If your team believes that an existing amendment proposal adequately addresses an important, constitution-level problem, you can endorse that proposal and explain why your team supports it.
We would like everyone to do their best to assemble a team of 4 people and submit an application as a complete team. We currently have no plans to accept individual applications and assign people to teams.
This scholarship program is offered by American Promise Education Fund, a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) with a mission to unite and empower Americans from across the political spectrum to build a lasting republic and healthy democracy. Support for this program is offered by The Sumners Foundation, a Texas-based foundation dedicated to the study, teaching, and research into the science and art of self-government.