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2024 Right to Read Scholarship

Over the past few years, books once praised for their progressive nature are now facing scrutiny and even censorship due to their subject matter. This is particularly true for books that tackle themes related to sexual identity, race, and other injustices in America. Works authored by Black or LGBTQ+ writers have become especially challenged by local authorities.

Federal Attorney Rammy Barbari believes that access to diverse literature is crucial for both children and adults across the nation to expand their knowledge and gain new perspectives. That is why we established the Right to Read Scholarship, as we are passionate about everyone’s right to an education. When books are challenged and banned, it silences the voices of minorities and those of all sexual orientations to speak about injustices they have endured. This impedes our nation’s progress and hinders our ability to address important issues and learn from them. What do you think?

In a 750-1,000 word essay, explain: Is it ever justifiable to ban literature? The prohibition of books goes against our freedom of expression and limits our ability to make judgments and beliefs of our own. Do you think it’s okay to censor publications? Why or Why Not?
This is a $1,000 scholarship opportunity. The deadline to apply is December 31, 2024. Please see below for further details on eligibility and the application process.
Please send any questions to [email protected]


  • High school seniors enrolled in the upcoming semester, vocational, college, and graduate students are welcome to apply.
  • Applicants must be enrolled in an institution within the United States or the District of Columbia.
  • Employees of Federal Attorney Rammy Barbari, their immediate families (parent, child, sibling, and spouse), and persons living in the same households as such individuals (whether related or not) are not eligible to participate in the competition.
  • Candidates for this scholarship should have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher and be in good overall academic standing.

Application Requirements

  • The candidate must submit a 750-1,000 word essay response to the prompt: “Is it ever justifiable to ban literature?” We want to hear your thoughts on this complex and controversial issue. Your essay should explore the arguments for and against banning books, consider different perspectives, and present a well-reasoned conclusion. We encourage you to draw upon personal experiences, relevant examples, and reliable sources to support your position. We look forward to reading your insightful and thought-provoking essay.
  • The candidate must submit a professional resumé that lists their professional and academic experience.
  • The candidate must submit a transcript from their current school. First-year college students, graduate students, or individuals who have recently transferred schools may submit an unofficial transcript from their current school and the most recent official transcript from their prior school. High school students must also submit proof of acceptance to their college or university.

The Right to Read Scholarship recipient will be chosen during the month following the scholarship deadline.

Application Deadline and Instructions

To be eligible for this scholarship, candidates submit their complete application (including the essay, resumé, and transcript) in the form below by December 31, 2024. Any applications sent after this date will not be considered.

Please send any scholarship questions to with the subject line [email protected]



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