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Civic Engagement Essay Contest

In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment and Women’s History Month

First Place: $250
Second Place: $150
Third Place: $100

Essay Question:

Is the vote a right or a responsibility?

Essay Contest Guidelines


April 10, 2020  (by 12 noon)

Length of Essay:

500 word max (12 pt font)


KU Undergraduate Students

Original Work:

Essay must be submitting student’s original work


Must include a cover sheet that includes: full name, local address (street, city, state, zip, apartment number), phone number, and college year.
Please be sure name is on each page of essay.

Submit Essays via:

E-Mail (.pdf format):
Mail: Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics, 2350 Petefish Drive, Lawrence, KS 66045

By submitting an entry, permission is granted for the Dole Institute of Politics to reprint the winning essays.
A panel of judges will select the winners.

Sponsored by: Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics, KU Civic Engagement and Leadership Council, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Kansas. Prizes provided by the generous support of the Ed Reilly Civic Engagement Fund

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