Past Contests


Thank you to everyone who entered our New Threats to Freedom scholarship contest. We received thousands of entries—many of them superb, all probing the nuances of what it means to be free in our ever-evolving modern world. The judges looked for creative and original thought, a strong personal voice, a well constructed argument, and a special spark that somehow made the winning essays stand apart.

Here are the winners of both the short and long-form contests:


For the short form contest, the winner of the $5,000 scholarship is Daniel Showalter from Ohio University. Click here to read Daniel’s entry.

For the long form contest, we awarded first, second, and third place scholarship prizes worth $5,000, $3,000, and $1,000, respectively. The winners were:

  • 1st place: Josh Grundleger from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies for his essay, “An Old Threat in a New Garb.”
  • 2nd place: Clifford W. Lauchlan from the University of Cincinnati College of Law for his essay “The Emperor’s New Clothes: Behaviorism and the Threat of Central Control.”
  • 3rd place: Rose Waldman from Columbia University for her essay “The Freedom to Think.”