Welcome to the 4th Annual DFLA Education Fund Essay Contest!

Scholarship Prizes

$2,500 to the Winner
$1,000 to the 1st Runner Up
$500 to the 2nd Runner Up

Essay Prompt: 

Abortion is one of the most divisive issues in the United States. It is widely expected that this summer the Supreme Court–in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization–will give states and localities more power to regulate abortion. Assuming that happens, how can common ground on the issue of abortion be found or created in the average state or local community in the United States?

Judging Criteria: 

- Originality
- Creativity
- Strength of argument
- Acknowledgement of alternative perspectives
- Use of proper grammar and spelling

Note: The contest will use "blind" scoring. Judges will see no personal information (e.g. name; school; gender; age; address; etc.) about the writer, and evaluate essays strictly on their content.

Contest Dates:

Sunday, May 1, 2022 to Thursday, June 30, 2022

Abbreviated Rules:

- Age 17 - 26
- Full Time Student or Forthcoming Full Time Student
- 500-800 words
- American Citizenship or DACA

Tips for Essay Writers:

- Write your essay without formatting (our submission form will NOT accept "bold", "underline", "italics" and other formatting--but WILL record breaks between paragraph).
- Count your words (our submission form requires 500 to 800 words).
- Do not include your name, school or other personal information at the top of your essay submission. (We'll already have that information from other fields in our submission form, and redacting this personal information could cause essay length to drop below the minimum word count.)
- Participant discretion whether to list references. They do count against overall essay length. 
- Don't wait until the last minute. Essays accepted up through 11:59 PM EASTERN TIME, Thursday, June 30 2022.

Recommended Resources

There is no required reading for this essay, nor are any citations required in the essay. However, reviewing the recommended resources below is highly encouraged. 

Previous Winning Essays

Read previous years prompts and see how previous winners met our judging criteria with their essays. You can access previous contests here

Information about Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization

Much of the discussion about abortion in the coming months will be framed by the Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. To be an informed participant in that conversation, it helps to know a little bit about the case: who the players are, what the questions at stake are, and what arguments the different parties are presenting. The DFLA Education Fund has compiled a few sources for your reference

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