Cpl. Jonathan R. Ayers 24, of Snellville, GA was 1 of 9 heroes who fell in the heat of battle while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Cpl. Ayers died of wounds suffered when their outpost was attacked by small arms fire and rocket propelled grenades from enemy forces in Wanat, Afghanistan, on July 13, 2008. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 503d Infantry Regiment (Airborne), 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Vicenza, Italy.

The American Legion Riders of Loganville Post 233 are proud to provide the Cpl. Jonathan Ayers Memorial Scholarship. This annual scholarship is endowed from monies raised by the Legion Riders of the Loganville post and will benefit a deserving student from Walton or Gwinnett Counties with a $1000.00 scholarship.

The contest will be open to any high school senior who is attending a public, private, parochial, or home school in Walton or Gwinnett counties and who is pursuing higher education in an accredited college, university, or trade school. Award will be based on an essay contest focused on applied freedoms in America.

The essay contest will open in December and the award will be announced in April of of the following year.

2019-2020 Important Dates/Rules/Essay Prompt

Essay Prompt

There are several nations with compulsory military service for students finishing High School. Other nations, such as United States have all volunteer forces. Thinking about both wartime and peacetime, what are the benefits and draw backs of each. Should the U.S. consider a term of compulsory service?

Eligibility

The contest is open to writers who are both residents of Gwinnett or Walton County and are High School Seniors at some point during the contest period (December 1st, 2019 – April 10, 2020).

Essay Length

Essays should be 800-1000 words in length. Submissions that do not meet this requirement, or that exceed it, will be disqualified.

Deadline

Essays must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm Eastern Time, April 10, 2020.

Plagiarism

All essays must be the original work of the student whose name is listed on the submission. Plagiarism will result in immediate disqualification.

Judges

Our Judges will evaluate essay submissions in a fair and unbiased judging system, where judges will all use the same criteria. Judges will be selected by the Legion Riders based on their backgrounds, education, writing, and the subject matter. Decisions of the judges are final.

Ownership and Use

The ownership of any submission remains the property of the writer, but entry into the competition constitutes the entrant’s permission and consent, without compensation, with or without attribution, for The American Legion Post 233 and the American Legion Riders of Post 233 to use, reproduce, transmit, post, distribute, adapt, edit, and/or display the submission.

Submission Details

Essays must be submitted via email to scholarships@gapost233.com and must include the Subject Line of Jonathan Ayers Memorial Scholarship Entry. Students should include their Full Name, Email Address, Mailing Address, and a contact Phone Number in the body of the email above the essay.