President Abraham Lincoln once proclaimed, “My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth”. Today, over 150 years later, this patriotic belief remains ingrained in the very fabric of our republic.

The 2017 Lincoln Scholarship Contest invites Oakland County high school and college students to explore “What makes America great?” in an essay or other creative work.

The winner of this contest will receive one $1000 scholarship along with VIP tickets to the 128th Annual Oakland County Lincoln Day Dinner.

Interested students may submit an essay of up to 1000 words, or another form of creative work addressing the prompt of “What makes America great?



Award Selection Criteria

Essays and other creative work will be judged on how well the applicant articulates elements of American culture which highlight our exceptionalism and uniqueness as a nation, as well as identify the importance of protecting these aspects.

Applicants submitting non-traditional creative work are encouraged to include a written explanation of their project. Creative and “outside-the-box” ideas are always encouraged.


Scholarship Eligibility

  1. United States Citizen
  2. Enrolled full time in an eligible High School, College, Homeschool, or Technical/Vocational Program.
  3. Resident of Oakland County or attending an eligible school full time within Oakland County.


Submission Method and Deadline

  • Applications are due by May 15th, 2017 at 11:59 pm and can be submitted using:
    1. Online Scholarship Application (Click Here)
    2. Email completed application to
    3. Mail or hand deliver to our headquarters at 42611 Woodward Ave, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan


For more information on the 127th Annual Oakland County Lincoln Day Dinner, please visit or call 1-248-799-7288.


For questions regarding the 2017 Lincoln Scholarship, contact Paul Stephens at 1-248-797-5028 or