Student Essay Challenge 2018 Third Place

Aunner Calderon Union High School “A Mother with Courage” A mother is a parent of a child, but a mother with courage is a parent of a child who would do anything for her family, especially her children. I’ve been undoubtedly blessed with a wonderful single...

Student Essay Challenge 2018 Second Place

Melanie Roelofs Plymouth Christian High School “One Life Dedicated to Thousands” Thundering rain, shouts of men, and cries of children fill the frigid air. The stench of sickness and death is nearly unbearable in the overcrowded streets. There is no place...

Student Essay Challenge 2018 First Place

Aneeqa Hasan Forest Hills Central High School “Land of the Brave” As a Bengali-American, I find myself eternally bound to the hyphen. I fall somewhere between being Bengali and American. I am the definition of a hyphenated, hybrid identity. I hold the keys...

Student Essay Challenge 2017 First Place

Daisy Hagen 11th Grade Newaygo High School Capital “L”   When the founders thought, “Liberty!” What came to mind? Was it freedom for some Or for all humankind? They created a system That was masterfully designed But all was not perfect When the documents were signed...

Student Essay Challenge 2017 Second Place

Maya Trowe 12th Grade Forest Hills Eastern High School Where Liberty is a Statue My mother always felt it important to keep my knowledge of the culture from my country of origin alive. As a result, I was actively thrust into camps, classes, and any opportunity to do...

Student Essay Challenge 2017 Third Place

Deena Hoffmann – Third Place Winner 12th Grade Plymouth Christian High School The Disregard of Liberty As I walk through the halls at school, I dejectedly think about all the things I have to do. Homework is bogging me down and my lack of sleep is getting to me....

President Gerald R. Ford Essay Challenge Past Winners

President Gerald R. Ford Essay Challenge past winners 2018 Winners  View photos from the 2018 awards program First Place: Aneeqa Hasan, Forest Hills Central High School Second Place: Melanie Roelofs, Plymouth Christian High School Third Place: Aunner Calderon, Union...

Tips for a Successful Essay

President Gerald R. Ford Scholarship Essay Challenge 2017-2018 Helpful Links and Resources for Your Essay Preparation (download PDF) Helpful Websites Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation https://geraldrfordfoundation.org/ Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and...

Student Essay Challenge 2016 Third Place

Lois Biggs – Third Place Winner 12th Grade Forest Hills Eastern High School ‘The Meaning of Leadership Today’ The Human Rights Council 47 Human Rights Council delegates wait with bated breath, our glances darting around the eggshell yellow conference...

Student Essay Challenge 2016 Second Place

Benjamin Rozema – Second Place Winner 11th Grade Calvin Christian High School ‘The Meaning of Leadership Today’ America’s Leading Lady: An Insight into Betty Ford’s Life as an Inspiring Leader Unapologetically outspoken and refreshingly honest, Betty...

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