The Fleet Reserve Association (FRA), a congressionally chartered, non-profit organization that represents the interests of the Sea Service community (current and former sailors, marines, and Coast Guard personnel) before the U.S. Congress, holds an annual Americanism Essay Competition open to students in grades 7=12. Students are invited to submit a 350-word essay through an FRA member or local FRA branch before the December 1st deadline. Local winners are forwarded for competition at the regional level and regional winners compete for national prizes.

The grand national winner will receive $5,000, with additional prizes for the top three essays in each grade category ($2,500 for first place, $1,500 for second place, and $1,000 for third place). Each national winner will receive an attractive plaque citing his/her achievement, and every entrant judged at the national level receives a certificate of recognition. Additional prizes may be awarded to students winning at local and regional levels of competition.

Local students who wish to submit essays for the competition should send them, postmarked no later than December 1, to the nearest branch, located in Nampa, Idaho, at:

NAMPA, ID 83687-6703

To learn more about the competition, obtain a copy of the rules and the required cover sheet, and to read winning essays from previous competitions, go to:


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