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Martha Mitchell Truth Scholarship

1 winner$2,050
Application Deadline
Apr 18, 2023
Winners Announced
May 18, 2023
Education Level
Undergraduate, Graduate
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Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
Undergraduate or graduate
Preserving civil liberties

Advocating for the civil rights of all citizens is one of the most important things in the world right now and is an important philanthropic focus.

Martha Mitchell was an advocate for the truth, who worked to expose the truth in the midst of the historic Watergate scandal. She spoke out against all odds and pushed to be seen in a political world dominated by men. In honor of her passionate legacy, the Martha Mitchell Truth Scholarship will support students who plan to spend their careers addressing civil rights issues. This scholarship will encourage students who are interested in pursuing a degree and making a difference in the fight to preserve American civil liberties. 

Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply if they have non-profit or volunteering experience and are pursuing a career in preserving civil liberties. To apply, write about why you are passionate about the Constitution, and share how you will use your career to serve the fight for civil rights.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Need, Boldest Profile
Published January 18, 2023
Essay Topic

Why are you passionate about the US Constitution? How do you plan to continue to fight for civil rights through your career?

400–600 words

Winning Application

Roy Ashing
Grantham UniversityHot Springs, AR
The US Constitution is a cornerstone of American democracy and provides a framework for our government and legal system. It outlines fundamental rights and freedoms, such as freedom of speech, religion, and the press, as well as protections against government overreach and abuses of power. Protecting civil rights is also essential for ensuring that all individuals are treated fairly and equitably under the law. Civil rights encompass a range of issues, including access to education, healthcare, employment, and housing, as well as protections against discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation, or other characteristics. However, I can speak to how individuals can continue to fight for civil rights and promote equality through their work and actions. One way to fight for civil rights is by advocating for policies and legislation that promote equality and protect individual rights. This could involve working with lawmakers, community leaders, or advocacy groups to push for changes at the local, state, or federal level. Another way to promote civil rights is by raising awareness and educating others on issues that impact marginalized communities. This could involve using social media, writing, or public speaking to share information and start conversations about important issues. It's also important to support organizations and initiatives that work towards promoting civil rights and equality. This could involve volunteering, making donations, or participating in events that support these causes. Ultimately, promoting civil rights and fighting for equality requires a sustained and collective effort. By working together and taking action, we can make progress towards a more just and equitable society for all. In addition to advocating for policies and legislation and raising awareness, individuals can also fight for civil rights through their personal and professional actions. This could involve taking steps to create a more inclusive and welcoming environment in the workplace, standing up against discrimination or harassment, and supporting the diverse perspectives and experiences of others. For example, promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace can involve initiatives such as mentorship programs, employee resource groups, and training on bias and cultural competence. By creating a culture that values and supports diversity, individuals can contribute to a more equitable and just society. It's also important to recognize that promoting civil rights is an ongoing process that requires continuous education and self-reflection. This involves acknowledging and addressing our own biases and privilege and actively seeking out diverse perspectives and experiences to broaden our understanding and empathy. In summary, fighting for civil rights and promoting equality is a collective effort that requires sustained action and collaboration. Individuals can contribute to this effort through advocacy, education, personal and professional actions, and supporting organizations and initiatives that promote civil rights and equality. Ultimately, by working together towards a common goal, we can create a more just and equitable society for all.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Apr 18, 2023. Winners will be announced on May 18, 2023.

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