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Middle school, high school, college students can win up to $4,000 in 'free press' essay competition

Posted at 8:06 PM, Sep 11, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY — A nonprofit is offering students in Utah a chance to win up to $4,000 in an essay contest.

The McCarthey Family Foundation is offering cash prizes to three winners of the contest as part of its 15th annual "In Praise of Independent Journalism" lecture series.

The prompt: What is the meaning of this quote by Thomas Jefferson for our democracy today: “The only security of all is in a free press.”

Utah students in grades 6-8 can submit a 500-word essay with a $1,500 prize for the winner. The winner of the grade 9-12 category (750 words) will get $2,500, and the college/university category (1,000 words) is open to undergraduate and graduate students with a $4,000 prize for the winner.

Entries must be a double-spaced Word document sent to by Sept. 28. The essay document must also include the student's name, phone number, email address, school name and grade.

The winners in each category will be recognized in a video presentation at the lecture, which will take place Nov. 7.

For more information on the contest or for any questions, click here.