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The deadline for submission is midnight, July 4, 2022.

Entrants must be at least 10 years old, and not more than 19 years old by that date.

The Entrant retains the intellectual property rights of the entry, and assigns to the John F. Tinker Foundation (JFTF) a license to publish the entry on its website.

Please include what your age will be on July 4th, 2022, the name of the school you attend, or whether you are home schooled, and your grade level, if your school is graded. If you are writing this essay under the guidance of a teacher or mentor, please mention their name as well.

Submissions can be electronically submitted, below,

Or, mailed to

The John F Tinker Foundation
P.O. Box 12
Fayette, MO 65248

Or, sent by email to: essay@johnftinkerfoundation.org

All decisions of the JFTF essay evaluation process shall be final.