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LAW DAY 2022 College Scholarship

The Brazoria County Bar Foundation, in conjunction with the Brazoria County Bar Association & the American Bar Association Law Day 2022, is sponsoring an Essay Writing Contest.

“Toward a More Perfect Union”

“The Constitution is a dynamic document, as it not only outlines a blueprint for government, but also delegates power, articulates rights, and offers mechanisms for change. It is neither perfect, nor exhaustive, as our nation’s history makes clear. Legislation, court rulings, amendments, lawyers, and “we the people” have built upon those original words across generations to attempt to make the “more perfect Union” more real. That effort continues today, as contemporary leaders and everyday citizens raise their voices as loud as ever to fulfill the promise of the Constitution. Defining and refining those words of the Constitution might be our oldest national tradition, and how each of us works—together—toward a more perfect Union.”


*Applicants for this scholarship must be current 12th grade high school students: attending high school in Brazoria County, Texas or residing in Brazoria County, Texas.  Furthermore, the scholarship award is contingent upon applicant providing proof of Fall 2022 enrollment at a college/university accredited by a U.S. Department of Education-recognized accreditation entity or a Council for Higher Education-recognized accreditation entity.

*The essay must be written in response to the following prompt:  In 750 words or less, explain the importance and necessity of the United States Supreme Court in interpreting the Constitution for the issues arising in the current times.  How should the Constitution be interpreted: in a strict construction (literal interpretation of the document’s words) or loose construction (with historical perspective, reading “between the lines” to extract meaning for the current times)?

*All expenses involved in preparing and submitting an entry are the entrant’s responsibility.

*Entrants must allow the Brazoria County Bar Foundation, the Brazoria County Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and/or the State Bar of Texas to reproduce entries in any medium without restriction.

*The essay must be submitted online, be no more than three pages, typewritten and be double-spaced, and be between 400 and 750 words.

*The submitted work must be the student’s own original work.

*The essay must be received by the Brazoria County Bar Foundation by Friday, March 18, 2022.

*The applicant agrees that by submitting an application, they are declaring they meet all the stated requirements of eligibility contained herein.

*Only one entry per student.

*Submission of application does not guarantee applicant will be awarded a scholarship.

Entries must be submitted online HERE:

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