Joe Foss Institute

The Joe Foss Institute Scholarship Program

Investing In America — Inspiring Patriotism

Anyone who knew Joe Foss, or is familiar with his life knows that Joe believed in service to others and his country. His words: “I’m proud to be an American. I’m humbled to have been able to serve this great country and fight for its matchless Constitution;” reflect the values by which he lived.

The Joe Foss Institute has developed video and essay scholarship contests that ask students to take time to consider what the Founding documents mean, as well as the sacrifices made by those brave Americans defending our freedoms. In each contest, we invite high school students to submit an entry based upon a selected theme.

Current Scholarship Contests Open:

2015 Video Scholarship ContestEnter Here.
Using the theme – Keepers of the Constitution: Service and Freedom, you should create a video, no more than three minutes in length, that inspires viewers and reminds them why our freedoms, our Constitution, and our Bill of Rights are worth defending; the price for protecting our freedoms; and our responsibilities as engaged citizens. Create a story. Interview a hero. Share how you, or someone  you know, have been motived to make a difference and serve your community. Help others learn why our Founding Documents matter to all Americans and to you personally. As George Washington has stated – “The Constitution…its only keepers, the people.”

2015 Donna W. Foss Scholarship Contest
In honor of our co-founder Didi Foss, you will write an essay focusing on the theme, “A Proud American, What it Means to Me.” All entries must be received by Sunday, July 5, 2015. Find complete rules here.


Past Scholarship Winners

2014 Adopt-A-Vet Essay Scholarship Contest Winners

1st Place – Emily Owen, Wetumpka, Alabama
2nd Place – Cave Creek, Arizona
3rd Place – Joshua Ybarra, Forney, Texas

2014 “Happy Birthday, America” Essay Scholarship Contest Winners

1st Place – Lauren Marie Vandewaller, California
2nd Place – Abby Lynn Colvais, Tennessee
3rd Place – Zoe Miranda Alley, Oregon

2014 Hayes C. Kirby Essay Scholarship Contest Winners

1st Place – Jacqueline Roland, New Hampshire
2nd Place – Annette Droddy, Texas
3rd Place – Jordyn McGuire, Texas

2014 Video Scholarship Contest Winners

1st Place – Gabrielle Bow, Spotsylvania, Virginia
2nd Place – Matt Schwalenberg, Chandler, Arizona
3rd Place – J.J. Abramovich, Goodyear, AZ

2014 Video Scholarship Contest Winner

Adopt-A-Vet 2013 Essay Contest Winners:

1st Place – Savannah Hoekstra, Liberty Lake, Wash
2nd Place – Abigail Dunlap, Fairbanks, Alaska
3rd Place – William Edward Martin, Temple Hills, Maryland

2013 Video Scholarship Contest Winners

1st Place – Sylvan Gu, Madison, Wisconsin
2nd Place – Tarell Flowers, Baton Rouge, Louisana
3rd Place – Benjamin Middendorf, Scotia, Nebraska

2013 Video Scholarship Contest Winner

2012 Video Scholarship Contest Winner

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