The South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers Division is sponsoring a scholarship competition to encourage you to actively consider your constitutional rights. The winning participant will be awarded a $2,000 scholarship. WHAT IS YOUR BIG IDEA?

To participate, you must:

  • Be a South Carolina resident and a junior or senior attending a South Carolina high school.
  • Be enrolled/plan to be enrolled in a post-secondary institution for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school year.

Follow these easy steps:

  • The questions this year are:
  • Find a recent news article that shows the checks and balances of the US government at work. Explain the current issue and how the branches are checking and balancing themselves.
  • While we only have three official branches, the free press is sometimes referred to as the "fourth branch" of U.S. government. Why is the news media so important in helping maintain the balance of power in the U.S.?
  • You will need to:
    • Post your video entry to your social media account or email it to
    • Use the hashtags “#SCBarYLD” and “#YourBigIdea”
    • Confirm that your social media accounts are NOT set to “Private” or we will not be able to see your entry.
    • Complete the Application Form and email it to  
    • Applications will be accepted starting March 4, 2019 through April 8, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. EST.

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