Public Records Scholarship
Essay Question to Win a $1000 Scholarship

In the United States, criminal records are part of the public record. This transparency in regards to criminal records is unique to the United States. Considering that the the United States allows criminal records to be a part of the public record, please answer the following question.

How is allowing criminal records to be part of the public record a benefit to the United States?

How To Enter


Write a 400-600 word essay about the benefits of the United States allowing criminal records to be part of the public record


Post the essay on your blog or website.


By December 1st 2017, enter your name, email, and the URL of where your essay post is located in the fields to the right. Then click submit.

Helpful Guidelines

Want to increase your chance of winning?
Follow these simple tips:

  • Be concise
    • 400-600 words is not a lot. Choose your words wisely.
  • Be Creative
    • Don’t hold back.
  • Use examples
    • They enhance the credibility of your essay.
  • Link your sources
    • Either in-text or at the bottom.
  • Submit before the deadline (December 1st, 2017)!
    • We won’t accept late entries.

Please be aware that the information obtained using searches may not always be accurate and up to date as we do not create, verify, or guarantee the accuracy or the amount of information provided through our service. Data availability is largely dependent on various public sources from which the information is aggregated. is not a consumer reporting agency as defined by Fair Credit Reporting Act and should not be used to determine an individual’s eligibility for personal credit or employment, or to assess risk associated with any business transactions such as tenant screening. By using the services offered through this website you agree to comply with all of the conditions set forth in our terms and privacy disclosure. The information obtained from our searches is not to be used for any unlawful purposes such as stalking or harassing others, or investigating public officials or celebrities. Violators may be subject to civil and criminal litigation and penalties. All searches are subject to our terms and applicable laws.