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First Year Experience Announces Scholarship Deadline

The first year reading experience (FYRE) program at Salem State University strives to connect new students to the university community through a shared reading experience, welcoming them to a culture that values the thoughtful discussion of ideas. First Year Experience (FYE) is sponsoring an essay contest for first-year students to receive scholarships for the spring 2020 semester on The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez.


  • You must be a first-year, incoming freshman for fall 2019.
  • Submit an 800-1000 word essay addressing one of the two prompts by Monday, August 26 at 5 pm via email to
  • Submissions should be in a Word document, 12 point font.

See the scholarship writing prompts.

Recipients can win one of several awards between $100 and $1,000 in scholarship. Those students selected to receive a scholarship will also be invited to a special, private recognition dinner with the Provost on Friday, November 1at 5 pm.

Franklin Chilaka
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