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Scholarship Information – OCRP Lincoln Scholarship

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 2018 Lincoln Scholarship Program invites Oakland County high school and college students to explore “What makes America the Land of Opportunity?” in an essay or other creative work.

The winner of this contest will receive a $1,000 scholarship along with VIP tickets to the 129th Annual Oakland County Lincoln Day Dinner. Additionally, all applicants are eligible to receive the $1,000 Pam Williams Memorial Award.

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



Award Selection Criteria

Essays and other creative work will be judged on how well the applicant articulates elements of American culture which make America the Land of Opportunity.

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, home school, 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 April 15th, 2018 at 11:59 pm and can be submitted using:
    1. Online Scholarship Application (Click Here)
    2. Email completed application to paul@oaklandgop.org
    3. Mail or hand deliver to our headquarters at 42611 Woodward Ave, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
    4. Please ensure all attachments are submitted. Incomplete applications or submissions of low quality will not be considered. Please do NOT include letters of recommendation, resumes, or personal statements. Applications will be judged solely on the selection criteria without regard for any personal information. Large video files should be uploaded to either google drive, youtube, or dropbox and a link provided in your application.


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


For questions regarding the 2017 Lincoln Scholarship, contact Paul Stephens at 1-248-797-5028 or paul@oaklandgop.org.