MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ -  What would you do if you were a Freeholder for a day?  Tell the Middlesex County Freeholders, and you could win big!

This exciting essay contest provides 8th, 11th and 12th graders an opportunity to explore the role Freeholders play in governing Middlesex County. The contest kicked off January 6, 2020 and ends March 4. 

One lucky 8th grade winner will receive a $250 scholarship

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11th and 12th grade winners will each win a $500 scholarship

All lucky winners will be invited to spend time with the Freeholders on an official board meeting night and to be formally recognized during the meeting.



The Essay:

  • Students must answer the question: “If you were a Middlesex County Freeholder, what would you want to accomplish and why?”
  • In order to address the question, students must first understand the role and responsibilities of a Middlesex County Freeholder.
  • Students must identify a program they would like to champion, outline the challenge/opportunity, describe the program they would like to implement and what they would do as a Middlesex County Freeholder to make it happen.

The Rules:

  • Must be current students in 8th, 11th, or 12th grade enrolled in an accredited Middlesex County school
  • For 8th graders: 250- 500 words per essay
  • For 11th & 12th graders: 500-1000 words per essay
  • One essay per student!
  • Essay submissions will be accepted by your school's guidance counselor
  • One 8th grader and one high school student from each school will be chosen as a finalist, and then one of each as a winner.
  • Finalists will be recognized at the State of the County
  • Winners will be announced and recognized at the State of the County
  • For more information, please contact your school's guidance counselor