Knights Essay Contest

This contest was originally named to honor SAR Compatriot President Calvin Coolidge, who won an SAR essay contest while a student at Amherst. The contest was re-established in 1988 by Compatriot McCarthy DeMere. In 1995, the contest was renamed the George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest in honor of their generous gift to the SAR to support this contest. The contest is designed to give high school students an opportunity to explore events that shaped American History.

This contest is open to all high school sophomore, juniors, and seniors. It is ideal for students who can express in written format a link between current events and that of the American Revolution.

The essay must be original, in English, typewritten, double spaced and must have a minimum of 500 words and not exceed 750 words excluding the title page, footnotes, bibliography and biography. The topic is announced annually. Consult the advisor listed below for specific details.

The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed this program on the NASSP National Advisory List of Contests and Activities.

Entry deadline:

Entries must be submitted to the chapter with a deadline of postmark of December 31.

National Society:

  • First Place – $6,000
  • Second Place – $3,000
  • Third Place – $2000
  • Fourth Place – $500
  • Fifth Place – $500

Kansas Society:

  • First Place – $750.00
  • Second Place – $300.00
  • Third Place – $150.00

State Chapters:

  • Awards vary chapter to chapter

For more information, contact Stuart W. Conrad.

Knight Essay Contest