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2021 Sound Money Scholarship Winners Announced

Posted on November 1st, 2021 -


Eagle, Idaho (November 1, 2021) – Four outstanding students beat out more than 50 of their high-school and college peers in making the best case for sound money through an international, gold-backed scholarship competition.

...and the winners walked away with a total of $6,000 in scholarship awards for their exceptional, thought-provoking essays.

For the sixth-straight year, Money Metals Exchange, the national precious-metals dealer ranked “Best in the USA,” has teamed up with the Sound Money Defense League to offer the first gold-backed scholarship of the modern era.

These groups have set aside 100 ounces of physical gold to reward over time those exemplary students who display a thorough understanding of economics, monetary policy, and sound money.

The 2021 Sound Money Scholarship winners are as follows:

Undergraduate Winners:

-First place: Samuel Peterson, Grove City College

-Second place: Benjamin Davis, University of California, Berkeley

Graduate Winners:

-First place: Nikhil Sridhar, George Mason University

-Second place: Rania Al-Bawwab, Middle Tennessee State University

With the assistance of Sound Money Defense League and Money Metals Exchange leaders, the following blue-ribbon panel of judges selected the finalists:

  • Dr. Walter Block, Loyola University New Orleans
  • Dr. Lucas Engelhardt, Kent State University
  • Dr. Samuel Gregg, Research Director, Acton Institute
  • Dr. Jonathan Newman, Bryan College

Since its creation in 2016, the Sound Money Scholarship program has attracted hundreds of applicants representing more than 300 different high schools, colleges, institutes, and universities across more than 42 states, 6 countries, and 4 continents.

“Students everywhere are waking up to the ongoing and deliberate devaluation of the Federal Reserve Note (today mislabeled as the ‘dollar’) and the central bank policy that harms savers, wage-earners, and retirees especially,” said Stefan Gleason, president of Money Metals Exchange.

“Our scholarship gives students the opportunity to display their understanding of economics while lessening the burden of the significantly inflated costs associated with attending college, especially in this COVID-era,” said Jp Cortez, policy director of the Sound Money Defense League.

The deadline to submit applications for consideration next year is October 31, 2022. For more information, visit moneymetals.com/scholarship or email [email protected].