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 2017 Winners (photo from the 2017 awards program) First Place: Daisy Hagen, 11th Grade, Newaygo High School Second Place: Maya Trowe, 12th Grade, Forest Hills Eastern High School Third Place: Deena Hoffman, 12th...

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...

Student Essay Challenge 2016 First Place

Madison Goen – First Place Winner 12th Grade Kenowa Hills High School ‘The Meaning of Leadership Today’ She trembled in the February breeze, yellow coat bundled close to her small chin. Recess, she decided, was best suited for Spring. She had a...

Student Essay Challenge Rules

President Gerald R. Ford Essay Challenge 2018 Rules, Guidelines & Timeline Download PDF of Rules, Guidelines & Timeline RULES & SUBMISSION PROCESS The President Gerald R. Ford Scholarship Essay Challenge is open to all 9th through 12th grade students....

Student Essay Challenge 2014 Third Place

Arika Sporte – Third Place Winner 12th Grade Plymouth Christian High School Courage Courage is a word associated with heroic actions and things that do not happen in everyday life. But the truth of the matter is that courage is not just about those heroic...

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