Essay Contest


The Sertoma Club of Nashville stands squarely for the preservation of individual freedom and free enterprise. Freedom is our heritage. Sertoma Clubs are helping to preserve that freedom through Sertoma’s Freedom Program. Good Government and good citizenship are encouraged; mutual tolerance and understanding are furthered through the various community activities of this club. The Sertoman seeks to do his share to maintain the principles of private and free enterprise and to safeguard the democratic way of life. The club meeting provides a forum for discussion of matters of public interest.

In furtherance of these goals, the Sertoma Club of Nashville sponsors the annual Williams/Patton Sertoma Freedom Essay Scholarship Contest. Each year, high school seniors are invited to write essays on a given topic concerning freedom. The essays are judged and scholarships are awarded to the top four essays. The winner receives a $3,500.00 scholarship. The three runners-up received scholarships of $2,000.00 each. The schools of the top four winners receive $100.00 cash awards and a framed copy of the Declaration of Independence.

2018 Contest Information

58th Free Essay Contest Information
2018 Flyer

2016-17 Contest Winners


Zoe Fitzhugh – Independence High School
Brent Kibbey – Portland High School
John Braxton Brewer – Stewarts Creek High School
Sarah Smith – Summit High School