"Close Up is a non-profit and non-partisan organization that believes a strong democracy requires active and informed participation by all citizens...

Our issue-centric, nonpartisan curriculum is designed to provide participants with a stronger understanding of government institutions, history and current issues, and their roles as citizens...

Close Up’s goal is to engage and inspire every person to find their voice and to help young people develop critical skills for tackling the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century." - taken from the Close Up website

The Close Up program was a once in a lifetime opportunity that quite literally changed my perspective of the world around me forever. Being able to visit the Capitol of the United States and see where legislation is made and the President of the United States lives was inspiring to say the least. The trip would not have been possible without the help of The Society of Martha Washington through which both sponsored and granted my the Patriot Scholarship. As a Patriot Scholar, I was selected from a pool of over 500 essays across my county and received an all expenses paid trip to attend the program.

The essay I submitted...

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