New England College announces ‘Free Tuition’ Essay Contest

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MANCHESTER, NH – Just eight weeks away from the state’s only presidential convention for students, the NH Primary Student Convention announces three generous scholarships for students who attend the convention and submit a compelling essay on New Hampshire’s first in the nation primary status. Sponsored by New England College (NEC), first prize will be four years of college, tuition free. Second prize is a $20,000 scholarship and third prize is a $15,000 scholarship, both of which are renewable annually for four years.

Screen Shot 2015-11-12 at 3.57.57 PM“The Civic Engagement Scholarships are a great way to engage students on a very real and relevant topic,” said Dr. Wayne Lesperance, political science professor at NEC and Co-Director of the NH Primary Student Convention, hosted in Manchesterfrom January 4-6, 2016. “New Hampshire is where the road to the White House begins, and we think student involvement in the process is key.”

Two Steps to Apply for the Civic Engagement Scholarships:

  1. Students need to register and attend the NH Primary Convention, held in Manchester January 4-6, 2016. Registration is available online at
  2. Before December 12, 2015, students must submit a 500-750 word essay on “Should New Hampshire maintain first in the nation primary status?” Essays should be emailed to

The contest is open to high school seniors or undergraduate college student interested in transferring to New England College.

The NH Primary Student Convention is a three-day event packed full of presidential candidate visits, round table forums with elected officials and journalists, spirited town hall gatherings and panel discussions, and so much more. For exhibitor booth and other sponsorship opportunities, please contact

About the NH Primary Student Convention

The NH Primary Student Convention brings the presidential electoral process to a young audience eager to be engaged. Since the 2000 presidential election cycle, New England College has sponsored “College Convention” and hosted thousands of college and high school students, educators, and campaign-followers. Recently renamed to be more inclusive, this memorable event features presidential candidates, national and international media, pundits, and active citizens from across the country for a face-to-face look at the people and issues that shape presidential primary campaigns.


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