Coolidge Scholarship 2021

also random question lol but do you guys think the coolidge committee would choose to not consider someone because of a missing period or missing space even if their essays and ecs are stellar?

I don’t think so. Your ECs and honors are awesome though! Question though, how were you able to fit so much on the resume? I was barely able to fit anything on it with their guideline so I only picked a couple lol

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I think that they are looking for essays, resumes and LORs that tell a story compared to just a series of achievements. If your record shows an overarching interest in one or a few things, they will probably disregard a gap.

But honestly, we all have great stats, I think most of the applicants do. At a certain point it’s impossible to speculate.

Also, what did you write about for your essays?

thank you :slight_smile: i used commas and really small spacing and margins but i feel you lol it was so hard to fit everything!

Adhering to their guidelines (especially the 12pt) was very difficult lol

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yeah that definitely make sense everyone here is super qualified! as for the essays i wrote about autonomy and coolidge’s belief in the power of self-determination to help individuals as well as society as a whole prosper for the 2nd one and for the third one i wrote about how coolidge believed property and personhood were intertwined so taxation only hindered progress since individuals wouldn’t see the long-term benefits of bureaucrats understanding of the common man’s needs

I really like your thesis for essay 3. For essay 2 I wrote about his wisdom and addressed the Mellon/Hardin/Coolidge tax cuts, his vetoing of the McNary-Haugen Farm Bill and his decision to not run in 1928 as examples.
For essay 3 I addressed the questions in individual paragraphs (uh oh) but I wrote it like a connected story. I’m kinda worried they won’t like the essay being divided as it is, but I doubt it’ll matter that much.

I primarily addressed how over-taxation is a sign of a failing system, as it shows that the elect do not trust the public with their finances, which can breed contempt between the people and their representatives. Therefore, the government needs to respect personal property if it is to be worthy of respect.
I then addressed how people can only be free if they can be self-supporting, meaning they must be intelligent with how they use their salaries. The government does not exist to redistribute wealth or rescue someone because this would be the government assuming that a person cannot govern themselves, which Coolidge saw as a violation of freedom.
I finished by addressing keeping property in the hands of Americans, even the poor, allows for a healthier system. The government only exists to exercise democracy and handle the economy on a large scale, it cannot cater, nor assume it knows best. Essentially, private ownership and lack of debt maintains man’s right to be free. As for taxation, I wrote that charity cannot exist without private property and that they are fundamentally different because one is law and the other is benevolence. However, they both require extensive planning to be effective. Frivolous taxes are abusive, unguided acts of charity lead to many causes getting little amounts of money.

Those are some pretty good essays! For my second, I wrote about self-reliance and how Coolidge extended that principle beyond himself to be a standard for all able Americans (so pretty similar to @Lizs567’s. For the third, I wrote about how ineffective/inefficient national government is when handling money and taxing didn’t contribute to issues that Americans actually faced.

I did make a concession and say that Coolidge understood we have a natural obligation to society - he’s only against excessive (not necessary) taxing. For charity, I talked about how Coolidge felt it was also ineffective but allowed for it because it ultimately pointed to a greater American spirit and generosity.

I didn’t really structure my essay like a typical one (intro, body, conclusion), did y’all? I kinda just wrote mine freestyle LOL

Nah, I didn’t either. I did always have an introduction that set the stage for the values/themes I was going to address. No conclusion though, I didn’t see the point in restating a thesis with such a limited word count.

How many quotes/references did you guys use?

I didn’t use that many quotes, maybe like one in essay 3 just for a bit of effect. In my third essay I did something similar and kind of split them into questions, but they connected and flowed together like a story. I first talked about how his scientific taxation ideology allowed for increase private ownership of land for the working class, which empowered them; however, with this empowerment and new sense of voice, they also had the responsibly to help their community by giving back. I referenced the Jewish Philanthropic Society a lot since that was Coolidge was addressing them in one of the speeches we had to read.

For the 2nd one, I talked about Coolidge’s value of industriousness and how it was connected to the economy and the personal lives of American. I defined industriousness as steady effort in the first paragraph. I then transitioned to talk about how if one sector of the economy did not function because of a lack of steady effort, many other sectors of the economy would collapse as well, making industriousness invaluable in the US economy. I then talked about how it was valuable in personal lives as well and how Coolidge believed any man can be president if they worked as hard as he did. I ended the essay talking about how since Coolidge believed that people should be industrious, the government should not intervene because the industrious Americans can will be able to solve the problems themselves efficiently without government assistance or intervention. I then used the McNary-Haugen Farm Relief Bill to support it since the bill was suppose to aid farmers but Coolidge vetoed it 4 times because he believed in the industrious farmers of America.

Hello I also applied! It would be nice to meet y’all at some point if any of use get selected for finalists or senators!
Considering every ones stats are really good I don’t think they matter to much but here are mine (the one thing I worry about is that over three years of HS I’ve had 3 different grading systems)

9th 98%
10th 3.8 and GPA 97.3737%(I know it switched my old school has a weird system)
11th / DP1 IB - 39/42 or 92% and GPA 4.8
4 7’s
1 6
1 5 (but in Math HL)

10th AP Euro 5 (I was one of 2 sophomores they let take it ever)
SAT/ PSAT - Covid + as a blind student I fought the College board for accommodations and lost

Girls Rock the Capital VT - Intern - Nov. 2018- May 2019

Peace One Day - Organizer and Presenter - Aug. 2017 - Sep. 2019

School Board Representative - ANWSU - Sep. 2019 - June 2020

Rebecca Holcomb for Governor - Intern - Mar. 2020 - Aug. 2020

Green Team VUHS and RBC - Founder and Member - Mar. 2018 - Present

Vermont After School - Youth Organizer - June 2020- Present

Wild Bee Scientists - Researcher - September 2020- Present

July 2019 Governors Institute of Vermont for Current Issues and Youth Activism
Feb. 2020 Governors Institute of Vermont Winter Weekend for Entrepreneurship
Aug. 2020 - May 2022 UWC Davis Scholar at Robert Bosch United World College

Invited to and participated in a WEF dialogue on Life After Covid-19
Received awards for excellence in AP European History, Social Studies, and English
Participated in three school musicals, one community theater production, and am working on a production of Metamorphosis
Four years of rowing and three as stroke oar for beginner and intermediate boats
CAS leader for Intro to Hoop Dance, after five years of practice, and four years of performance

Essays
“ Calvin Coolidge was a staunch believer in the strength of representative government however he also saw how individual hard work leads to prosperity, both personally and for the nation. ”

“Calvin Coolidge believed that individual hard work leads to prosperity, not government spending. High taxation to him was unjust because it limited ownership of private property. And to him private property is a constitutional right and economic benefit for all.”

Did anyone note that they changed the decisions date from before June 1 to just “Summer 2021” LOLLL

Makes me wonder how much longer we’ll need to wait to find out

it don’t surprise me. i think they released decisions p late last year too.

lmao I guess we’ll be waiting for quite a bit then. I wonder why they elongated the deadline? Not enough applicants? COVID?

Wait didn’t we receive an email saying that we will get the decision on June 1?

Yeah, but if you go on the portion of the website titled “Timeline,” you’ll see that they changed June 1st to Summer of 2021.

Hello, does anyone know if they’re doing the senators program as well this year? - and if so would it be online?

Haven’t heard anything. I hope it does happen in-person.

Did anyone receive a letter from the foundation?