All That Is Necessary For Evil To Triumph Essay Scholarships


March


Annie's Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship

At Annie’s, we recognize that agriculture contributes to some of our most pressing sustainability challenges.

Annie’s Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship Program is open to full time undergraduate and graduate students studying at an accredited two or four year college or graduate school in the U.S. for the 2018/2019 school year. Students must be focusing studies on sustainable and regenerative agriculture. International students may apply if they are attending a U.S. school.

Requirements 

  • Undergraduate applicants must be enrolled at an accredited higher education institution in the U.S. as a full-time student for the Fall 2018 semester.
  • Graduate applicants must be enrolled at an accredited higher education institution in the U.S. and enrolled for at least 9 credits for the Fall 2018 semester.
  • If awarded a scholarship, student agrees that funds will be utilized for school needs only, such as room and board, books, and tuition. Funds cannot be used as personal income.
  • If awarded a scholarship, student agrees to share learnings and outcomes of supported project(s) with Annie’s and broader school community within one academic year of receiving funds. Annie’s will provide guidance on the format and delivery of these learnings at a future date.
  • If awarded a scholarship, student is invited to join the network of Annie’s Sustainable Agriculture Scholars and encouraged to participate in optional events and programs.

Award Amount: 20 awards of $10,000

Application Deadline: March 15, 2018

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Doodle 4 Google Contest

Students in grades K-12 are invited to take part in the 2018 Doodle 4 Google contest, and create an uplifting doodle that tells the world “What inspires me.” From crayons to clay, graphic design, or even food, young artists can utilize any materials to bring their creation to life. Like all Google Doodles, each doodle must incorporate the letters G-o-o-g-l-e. One national winner will receive a $30,000 college scholarship, a $50,000 technology package for their school/non-profit organization, and a behind-the-scenes experience with the Doodle team to transform their Doodle into an interactive experience on Google.com.

Application Deadline: March 2, 2018

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Future Female Leaders Scholarship

StudySoup works to support students as they find success through education. And as part of that mission, we’re proud to stand behind female students who continue to break down gender barriers and move into crucial leadership positions. So we’re offering a $2,000 scholarship to one outstanding female student who’s exhibited extraordinary leadership skills and an ability to empower others.

Requirement:
Any individual at least sixteen (16) years old who meets one of the following criteria:

  • Currently attending high school (or equivalent) and will be attending an accredited university or college in the next academic year.
  • Currently attending an accredited university or college (undergraduate and graduate students are both eligible)

Application Deadline: March 30, 2018

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Greater Oklahoma City Area Alumnae Panhellenic Foundation Scholarship

The Greater Oklahoma City Alumnae Panhellenic Foundation is awarding fourteen (14) $1,500.00 scholarships to high school senior women meeting the following criteria:

  1. Will graduate from a public or private high school in the greater Oklahoma City area.
  2. Will be attending a University in the state of Oklahoma with National Panhellenic Conference sorority affiliations in the fall of 2018. Eligible universities include: Cameron University, East Central University, Northeastern State University, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma State University, Rogers State University, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, University of Central Oklahoma, University of Oklahoma, and University of Tulsa.
  3. Has obtained a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 (unweighted), and a minimum score of 22 on the ACT.

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, citizenship and need.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2018

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Hike & Cycle Scholarship

Hikers often negatively impact the surrounding environment without even knowing it by transporting invasive species, disturbing wildlife, leaving waste, etc. We’re inspired by the Leave No Trace principles and want to encourage every backpacker to follow these rules.

The Hike & Cycle Scholarship is all about raising environmental awareness among youth by giving them a solid incentive in the form of a scholarship. What we are trying to achieve here is to make more people understand that the environment is in dire need of their attention and help.

Requirements:

  • You must be currently enrolled in high school, university, or college. Applications from all countries are accepted.
  • You must create an original list of nature-saving rules.
  • The winners will be required to send us proof of their educational status.

Award Amount: The first place winner will get $1,000 and the second place will get $500.

Application Deadline: March 11, 2018

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National Independent Automobile Dealers Association Foundation Scholarship

The NIADA Foundation proudly sponsors four young men or women each year who have displayed outstanding abilities in education. These students will each receive a $3,500 scholarship sponsored by Manheim to the college or university of their choice. Four regional scholarships are awarded annually at the National NIADA Convention in June.

Eligibility Criteria:
You must

  1. Be classified as a high school senior during the current 2017-18 school year and legally residing in one of the 4 regions indicated above.
  2. Have maintained an outstanding academic achievement record as reflected by an official high school transcript; and
  3. Demonstrate an aptitude for college work as measured by SAT or ACT scores.

Application Requirements:

  1. Write an essay (minimum of 1,200 words) regarding the changes that online shopping have made to the car buying experience.
  2. Official high school transcript
  3. SAT or ACT Scores Report—may be included on the transcript.
  4. Letter(s) of recommendation (no more than 5) from high school counselor, principal, teacher, employer, etc.

Application Deadline: March 16, 2018

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Oklahoma State Fair Scholarship

The Oklahoma State Fair, Inc., scholarship program provides collegiate scholarships to students who are graduates of an accredited high school or homeschool located in one of the 77 Oklahoma counties.

Ten (10) scholarship winners will be selected for a one-time $2,500 award based on overall scholastic performance, leadership, community involvement and verifiable participation in the competitive programs (e.g. horse, livestock, creative arts or other competitions) at the Oklahoma State Fair, if applicable. While State Fair participation is not mandatory, it will be weighted along with the other criteria during the selection process.

At the time the award is made, the student must be a current year (2018) graduate of an accredited high school or homeschool from one of the 77 Oklahoma counties.

Before receiving the scholarship funds, the student will have been accepted and enrolled in a qualified, accredited college, university, vocational or technical school as a full-time student. Full-time enrollment is defined as 12 semester-credit hours during the fall/spring semester.

Application Deadline: March 30, 2018

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Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship Contest

Students can win up to $2,000 for college by writing an essay discussing whether public school calendars should accommodate religious holidays in the 2018 Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship Contest. To enter, students must write an 800-1,200 word essay responding to the following prompt:

  • In most public high schools, certain days are marked as religious holidays on the school calendar, and the schools are closed on those days.  As public schools become more diverse, some students’ religious holy day(s) are not days that the schools are closed, resulting in absences for those students.
  • In an essay, discuss whether public school calendars should accommodate religious holidays.
  • Consider how school administrators should determine if, or which, religious holy days are included in the school calendar, or if any school policies should be changed to better accommodate students’ religious exercise. Be sure your essay identifies how the First Amendment supports your position.

Award: The grand prize is a $2,000 scholarship and a trip for two to Washington, D.C. Prizes of $1,000 for the second place winner and $500 for the third place winner are also available.

Application Deadline: March 9, 2018

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Seniors Helping Seniors Scholarship

Bay Alarm Medical is proud to announce its 3rd annual scholarship program. This year we again seek to reward students who devote their time to improving the lives of our senior citizens. Our 2018 scholarship award is our biggest yet: three scholarships totaling $6,500. 1st place: $3,500, 2nd place: $2,000, 3rd place: $1,000.

To be eligible for one of our scholarship awards, you must be involved in a community service effort/volunteer opportunity where you work with the elderly OR participate in caregiving duties for an elderly relative living in your home.

Requirements:
Write a 500-1,000 word essay that answers the following three questions:

  • What is the most important lesson you’ve learned from the senior you work with?
  • How has working with seniors impacted your life/inspired you?
  • How would you encourage others to spend more time with their grandparents or seniors in the community?

Scholarships will be awarded based on an essay contest. You must provide a photo of yourself and one of the seniors mentioned in your essay.

Application Deadline: March 31, 2018

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Superpower Scholarship

Have you ever wondered where you'd go if you could fly around downtown? Or maybe you daydream of secretly taking over the world - to each his own. For all of those hero lovers and villain enthusiasts, this super scholarship can give you the power to win free college money.

Use your imagination and become the superhero, or perhaps supervillain, you've always wanted to be. Would you live a life in a comic book universe or use your powers here in the real world? We want to know how you would use your super powers for good, or bad, even if it was just for the day. While we can't give you the ability to walk through walls or read minds, our Superpower Scholarship can help increase your brainpower with $2,500 to use towards education.

Applicants must:

  • Be thirteen (13) years of age or older at the time of application
  • Be legal residents of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia
  • Be currently enrolled (or enroll no later than the fall of 2024) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education

Submit an online written response to the question:
Which superhero or villain would you want to change places with for a day and why?" (250 words or less)

Application Deadline: March 31, 2018

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Additional March Scholarships

Looking for more? Here's a list of additional scholarships with March deadlines. Learn about eligibility requirements and how to apply through the links provided below.

 

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April


Back to School Nursing Scholarship Program

Are you ready to chase your dream of becoming a nurse, but aren’t sure how you’ll pay for your education? BestNursingDegree.com wants to help! That’s why they’re offering a $2500 nursing scholarship to one lucky winner. The scholarship is awarded four times per year, each time to one lucky individual.

Award Amount: $2,500

Application Deadline: April 30, 2018

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Broadcast Music Inc. Founders Award for Radio Broadcasting

BMI Founders Award is an annual scholarship competition open to radio broadcasting students nationwide. The award commemorates the group of radio industry leaders who founded Broadcast Music, Inc. in 1939 with an unprecedented and enduring mission: to provide a competitive source for music licensing and an open-door policy to songwriters, composers, and publishers of all genres of music. A $5,000 scholarship is awarded for the best original essay response submitted to the competition and recognizes a student with the potential to become an innovator in the rapidly changing field of broadcast radio.

Eligibility requirements

  • Currently enrolled full-time or part-time at an accredited U.S. college or university. Students who have been accepted for future enrollment are NOT eligible.
  • Broadcasting degree candidates with an academic focus in radio broadcasting. Applicable majors include, but are not limited to: Broadcast and Emerging Media, Broadcast Communications, Broadcast Journalism, Broadcasting, Broadcasting and Mass Communications, Electronic Media and Broadcasting, and Radio and Television Broadcast Technology.
  • Between the ages of 17 and 24, as of time of submission.
  • Potential first-time winners of the competition: former winners (other than Honorable Mention) of the BMI Founders Award for Radio Broadcasting are not eligible to enter the competition.

Award Amount: $5,000

Application Deadline: April 1, 2018

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Catholic Foundation of Oklahoma Scholarship

The Catholic Foundation of Oklahoma will award undergraduate college scholarships to Catholic students. Scholarships will become effective at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year and will be renewable for up to four years of undergraduate study, as long as academic and enrollment guidelines are maintained. This past year, the Catholic Foundation awarded over 80 scholarships.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicant must show scholastic ability and financial need.
  • Applicant must be a full-time, undergraduate student (Minimum of 12 enrolled hours per semester)
  • Applicant must be a registered, active member of a Catholic parish in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City

Award Amount: Various awards available

Application Deadline: April 3, 2018

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MacDowell Club of Allied Arts Scholarship

Each year, the MacDowell Club of Allied Arts, Oklahoma City, OK, awards three scholarships of $500 each to deserving high school students who will be pursuing their chosen art on a college or university level. 

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Will major in a field of the Arts on a college or university level.
  • Has a need for help with private lessons, music, instrument, art supplies, etc.
  • Has participated in school and community services.
  • Has shown that they are a good citizen of their school and community.

Award Amount: 3 scholarships of $500 each

Application Deadline: April 21, 2018

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MoolahSpot $1,000 Scholarship

The $1,000 MoolahSPOT Scholarship is sponsored by MoolahSPOT.com and helps students of any age pay for higher education. The scholarship is a competition based on a short essay. Family income, grades and test scores are not used in selecting a winner. The award must be used for any education-related expenses such as tuition, fees, books and room and board.

Eligibility Requirements:

Any student at least 16 years or older who plans to attend, or is currently attending, college or graduate school. Students may be of any nationality and reside in any country. Students may study any major or plan to enter any career field at any accredited college or graduate school. Although applicants can be from any country, all applications must be completed in English.

Award Amount: $1,000

Application Deadline: April 30, 2018

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National Hazing Prevention Poster Design Contest

HazingPrevention.org is hosting a competition for college and university undergraduates and groups/clubs who design a poster meeting the contest criteria.

Posters must include:

  • The words “National Hazing Prevention Week”
  • The theme for the 2017 NHPW – “RISE UP, BAND TOGETHER & STOMP OUT HAZING”.
  • The HazingPrevention.Org NHPW logo. No other logos should be included on the poster. Any submissions including additional logos will not be accepted.

Posters may not include the following:

  • The poster may not contain any nudity or derogatory/defamatory images
  • The poster may not contain any offensive, accusatory nor derogatory/defamatory language, unless it emphasizes an impactful statement about hazing.
  • All design images must be original and may not infringe upon any copyrighted work
  • Images and language will be accepted at the discretion of HazingPrevention.Org

Award Amount: First prize $500. Two runners (if selected) up receive $100 each

Application Deadline: April 30, 2018

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Phi Delta Kappa Prospective Educator Scholarship

The PDK Educational Foundation awards more than 30 scholarships each year to prospective educators, with awards ranging from $500 to $2000. These scholarships are funded through the generosity of donors. PDK uses one application for all Prospective Educator Scholarships. PDK Prospective Educator Scholarships are available for high school seniors as well as current undergraduate students. PDK International is a family of education associations, which includes  PDK International, Educators Rising, and Pi Lambda Theta.

Award Amount: 30 scholarships ranging from $500-$2,000

Application Deadline: April 2, 2018

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Sports Unlimited Scholarship

Sports Unlimited is dedicated to reaching further than the field, court, or diamond that you play on. They believe in fostering development and empowering themselves and others through higher education because it takes as much courage to succeed in the classroom as it does on the field. Once every year, they offer a $1,000 college scholarship to the athlete who inspires them most through his or her essay. You might even be featured in their blog!

Eligibility Requirements:

  • You must be a graduating high school senior or a freshman/sophomore in college.
  • You can't be related to anyone at Sports Unlimited.
  • They reserve the right to verify the date of high school graduation and/or college enrollment

Award Amount: $1,000

Application Deadline: April 25, 2018

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Taylor's Gift National Scholarship

Taylor’s Gift Foundation strives to honor students with a giving spirit that strive to make the world a better place. The Taylor’s Gift Scholarship is based on criteria that goes beyond academics and extracurricular activities, seeking students that are actively making a positive difference in the lives of others and embodying the “Outlive Yourself” spirit.

Award Amount: 3 awards of $1,000

Application Deadline: April 13, 2018

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Thurgood Marshal College Fund Scholarship

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) and Wells Fargo are proud to offer financial assistance to outstanding students attending one of the 47 public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) within the TMCF member-school network. The Wells Fargo Scholarship is open to students with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Award Amount: $5,000

Application Deadline: April 30, 2018

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Additional April Scholarships

Looking for more? Here's a list of additional scholarships with April deadlines. Learn about eligibility requirements and how to apply through the links provided below.


 

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May


Actuarial Diversity Scholarship

The Actuarial Diversity Scholarship promotes diversity within the profession through a scholarship program for Black/African American, Hispanic, Native North American and Pacific Islander students.

Application requirements:

  1. Intent on pursuing a career in the actuarial profession
  2. Must have at least one birth parent who is a member of one of the following minority groups: Black/African American, Hispanic, Native North American, Pacific Islander
  3. Will be a full-time undergraduate student at a U.S. accredited educational institution
  4. Minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), emphasis on math or actuarial courses
  5. Entering college freshmen must have a minimum ACT math score of 28 or SAT math score of 600

Actuarial exams will be an important factor in evaluating scholarship qualifications for applicants entering their junior year and beyond. Additionally, exams passed will also be a consideration for previous award recipients applying to renew the scholarship.

Award levels:

  • $1,000 – high school senior applying for freshman year;
  • $2,000 – college freshman applying for sophomore year
  • $3,000 – college sophomore applying for junior year; and
  • $4,000 – college junior applying for senior year

Application Deadline: May 1, 2017

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Bowl4Life Scholarship

The Bowl4Life mission is to promote the sport of bowling through quality coaching for all levels, and to provide scholarship assistance to youth bowlers. Bowl4Life will offer a $1,000 scholarship to the winner along with a USBC Level 1 Certification.

Eligibility:

  • Grades 9 through 12
  • Minimum of a 3.0 GPA
  • Member of the USBC Youth Program
  • A demonstrated and visible passion for Youth Bowling 5
  • Plans to enroll full-time with an accredited higher education institution in the fall immediately following graduation from high school

Application Deadline: May 1, 2017

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Sara Scholarship

The Sara Scholarship was established in 2012 as part of the final will of Sara Sheehan, who passed away in 2011. The award is granted annually to female high school seniors who plan to pursue a college degree and who demonstrate academic achievement, excellence of character, financial need and active engagement with the sport of golf. Skill in playing golf is not a criterion. The Sara Scholarship awards $2,000 per year to be applied towards tuition, books, board and other expenses. A minimum of eleven $2,000 scholarships will be awarded in 2017.

Application Deadline: May 1, 2017

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Gallagher Student Health Careers Scholarship Program

The Gallagher Student Health Careers Scholarship Program has provided more than 80 outstanding students with the financial assistance they need to pursue their health-related career. Open to higher education students entering their junior and senior year of undergraduate study, the scholarship program continues to grow in both the number of scholarships offered each year and amount of each scholarship. For 2017, there will be six scholarships awarded in the amount of $7,500 each.

Application Deadline: May 5, 2017

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National Association of Truck Stop Operators (NATSO) Bill Moon Scholarship

The NATSO Foundation is offering five $5,000 scholarships to eligible students who are travel plaza/truck stop industry employees or legal dependents of an employee.  Applications for the Bill Moon Scholarship are judged by independent review. Selections are made based on a review that may include the following: applicant's academic merit, financial need, extracurricular activities, community activities and short essay. Selections are made without regard to the applicant's race, creed, color, sex, religion, national origin or disability.

Application Deadline: May 15, 2017

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Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Spouses Education Scholarship

The CBC Spouses Education Scholarship does not have a specific major requirement, and is open to full-time students of all academic fields. Awards range from $400 - $8,200.

Eligibility
To be eligible for the CBC Spouses Education Scholarship applicants must:

  • Be a full-time undergraduate or graduate degree-seeking student at an accredited college or university OR a current high school senior preparing to become a full-time undergraduate degree-seeking student at an accredited college or university
  • Have a minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Exhibit leadership ability and participate in community service activities
  • Selected applicants will be qualified African-American or black students

Application Deadline: May 19, 2017

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Out to Protect

Out to Protect's mission is to create greater awareness of the gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and transgender professionals working in law enforcement and to support those pursuing a law enforcement career. Scholarships are typically awarded in June and December each year. The amount of each scholarship depends on funding availability, but ranges from $500 - $1,000 per award.

Application Deadline: May 26, 2017

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College is Power Scholarship

The College is Power Scholarship is open to students age 17 and older who are currently in college or plan to start college within the next 12 months. Use the scholarship to pay for tuition, books, room and board, computers or anything else related to your education.

Award Amount:

The first place award is a $1,000 scholarship which will be paid directly to the applicant or designated school.

Application Deadline: May 31, 2017

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Fifth Month Scholarship

It would take more than just one hand to count all the reasons why the number five is important - and we want to know what you think! What is it about the number five that's so significant to you? One great reason is that May is the fifth month - which just so happens to be a great time to apply for fun scholarships. Help us bring awareness to the fifth month and the number five. We’re awarding one $1,500 scholarship to a lucky student – and an endless supply of high fives!

Applicants must:

  • Be thirteen (13) years of age or older at the time of application
  • Be legal residents of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia
  • Be currently enrolled (or enroll no later than the fall of 2023) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education

Submit an online written response to the question:
"May is the fifth month of the year. Write a letter to the number five explaining why five is important. Be serious or be funny. Either way, here's a high five to you for being original." (250 words or less)

Application Deadline: May 31, 2017

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Rover College Scholarship

Rover.com connects pet parents with the nation’s largest network of loving and trustworthy pet sitters and dog walkers. Founded on the belief that everyone should have the opportunity to experience the unconditional love of a dog, Rover improves and simplifies life for pet parents and the dogs they love. The Rover College Scholarship is looking for essays that incorporate both personal examples of how dogs have affected your life, and cite historical or scientific research on the impact of domesticated dogs.

In 400-500 words, answer the following question:

How has the domestication of dogs improved society and benefited human happiness)

Application Deadline: May 31, 2017

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Additional May Scholarships

Looking for more? Here's a list of additional scholarships with May deadlines. Learn about eligibility requirements and how to apply through the links provided below.

John F. Kennedy? Edmund Burke? R. Murray Hyslop? Charles F. Aked? John Stuart Mill?

Dear Quote Investigator: Here is a challenge for you. I have been reading the wonderful book “The Quote Verifier” by Ralph Keyes, and he discusses the mixed-up quotations that President John F. Kennedy sometimes declaimed in his speeches. Here is an example of a famous one with an incorrect attribution:

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.

Keyes says that the quote has not been successfully traced: 1

. . . which Kennedy attributed to Edmund Burke and which recently was judged the most popular quotation of modern times (in a poll conducted by editors of The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations). Even though it is clear by now that Burke is unlikely to have made this observation, no one has ever been able to determine who did.

Will you explore this question?

Quote Investigator: First, “The Quote Verifier” volume has my highest recommendation. The impressive research of Keyes is presented in a fascinating, entertaining, and fun manner. Second, yes, QI will try to trace this expression. Edmund Burke and John Stuart Mill both produced apothegms that are loosely similar to the quotation under investigation but are unmistakably distinct.

The earliest known citation showing a strong similarity to the modern quote appeared in October of 1916. The researcher J. L. Bell found this important instance. The maxim appeared in a quotation from a speech by the Reverend Charles F. Aked who was calling for restrictions on the use of alcohol: 2

It has been said that for evil men to accomplish their purpose it is only necessary that good men should do nothing.

QI believes that the full name of Aked was Charles Frederic Aked, and he was a prominent preacher and lecturer who moved from England to America. The same expression was attributed to Aked in another periodical in 1920. Details for this cite are given further below.

The earliest attribution of the modern saying to Edmund Burke was found by top researcher Barry Popik. In July of 1920 a man named Sir R. Murray Hyslop delivered an address at a Congregational church conference that included the following: 3

Burke once said: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men should do nothing.”

The search for the origin of this famous quotation has lead to controversy. One disagreement involved the important reference book Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations and the well-known word maven William Safire.

Below are selected citations in chronological order and a brief discussion of this altercation.




In 1770 the Irish statesman and philosopher Edmund Burke wrote about the need for good men to associate to oppose the cabals of bad men. The second sentence in the excerpt below is listed in multiple quotation references and shares some points of similarity to the saying under investigation, bit it is clearly dissimilar: 4

No man, who is not inflamed by vain-glory into enthusiasm, can flatter himself that his single, unsupported, desultory, unsystematic endeavours are of power to defeat the subtle designs and united Cabals of ambitious citizens. When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.

In 1867 the British philosopher and political theorist John Stuart Mill delivered an inaugural address at the University of St. Andrews. The second sentence in the excerpt below expresses part of the idea of the quotation under investigation: 5

Let not any one pacify his conscience by the delusion that he can do no harm if he takes no part, and forms no opinion. Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing.

In 1895 a medical bulletin printed a comment that was similar to  John Stuart Mill’s adage. The wording of the second half matched closely though no attribution was given: 6

He should not be lulled to repose by the delusion that he does no harm who takes no part in public affairs. He should know that bad men need no better opportunity than when good men look on and do nothing. He should stand to his principles even if leaders go wrong.

Burke’s quote continued in use in the early 1900s. In 1910 a pithy form of the saying appeared in the Chicago Daily Tribune: 7

Burke said, ‘When bad men combine, good men must organize.’

In October 1916 the San Jose Mercury Herald reported on a speech by Charles F. Aked in favor of prohibition as mentioned at the beginning of this article. Aked used an expression similar to the quotation under investigation; however, he used the locution “it has been said” to signal that he was not claiming originality. Thus, the saying was probably in circulation before 1916. Here is a longer excerpt: 8

“The people in the liquor traffic,” said the speaker, “simply want us to do nothing. That’s all the devil wants of the son of God—to be let alone. That is all that the criminal wants of the law—to be let alone. The sin of doing nothing is the deadliest of all the seven sins. It has been said that for evil men to accomplish their purpose it is only necessary that good men should do nothing.”

Note the second half of the adage is very close to the modern statement. The use of the word “evil” in the first half matches the modern version, but the phrase “evil men” harks back to the term “bad men” used by Burke and Mill.

In June 1920 a periodical called “100%: The Efficiency Magazine” published a maxim that was identical to the one above. The saying was again attributed to Rev. Charles F. Aked and it occurred twice: once in the subhead of the article and once in the body. The following passage referred to a “constructive publication”, but it was never identified in the article body: 9

The slogan of a recently established constructive publication is “For evil men to accomplish their purpose, it is only necessary that good men do nothing,” quoting the Rev. Charles F. Aked. While this is recognized as true of municipal politics, is it not also being evidenced as an actual condition in American industry?

In July 1920 a different version of the saying appeared anonymously in a magazine called the Railway Carmen’s Journal. This variant used the term “bad men” and occurred in isolation at the beginning of an editorial section: 10

For bad men to accomplish their purposes it is only necessary that good men do nothing.

On July 5, 1920 the temperance crusader Sir R. Murray Hyslop of Kent, England, delivered an address at a church conference, the Fourth International Congregational Council. The address was published in 1921, and it contained a version of the now famous statement which Hyslop attributed to Burke. This is the earliest example of this attribution that QI knows about and it was found by Barry Popik who presented it on his website: 11

Burke once said: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men should do nothing.” Leave the Drink Trade alone and it will throttle all that is good in a nation’s life. Let it alone, that is all that is required. Cowardice will suffice for its triumph. Courage will suffice for its overthrow.

On July 30, 1920 a business digest periodical that lists articles published in other magazines included an entry for the piece in 100% magazine. The subhead for the article was reproduced so the maxim appeared in this digest magazine and was further propagated: 12

Are We Helping the Radicals? “For Evil Men to Accomplish Their Purpose, It Is only Necessary That Good Men Do Nothing.” Perhaps the “Do Nothing” Attitude Is Responsible for Much of the Industrial Unrest. By Charles H Norton, General Manager Collins Service. 100% June ’20 p. 64. 1000 words.

In 1924 the “Surrey Mirror” of Surrey, England reported on a meeting of an organization called the “World Brotherhood Federation”. A speaker named Robert A. Jameson employed an instance of the saying which he attributed to Burke: 13

As Edmund Burke had said, much more than 100 years ago: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil was that good men should do nothing.”

In 1950 the saying appeared in the Washington Post and was attributed to Burke as noted in the Yale Book of Quotations: 1415

It is high time that the law-abiding citizens of Washington, and particularly those in organized groups dedicated to civic betterment, became alert to this danger and demanded protection against organized gangdom.

This situation is best summed up in the words of the British statesman, Edmund Burke, who many years ago said: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”

In 1955 a U.S. Congressman named O. C. Fisher wrote a short piece in “The Rotarian”, and he used an instance of the saying credited to Burke: 16

He is a good man but he does nothing. His inaction is often the handmaid of evil. As the great Edmund Burke once said, for evil to succeed, it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.

In 1961 President John F. Kennedy addressed the Canadian Parliament and used a version of the quotation that he credited to Edmund Burke: 17

At the conference table and in the minds of men, the free world’s cause is strengthened because it is just. But it is strengthened even more by the dedicated efforts of free men and free nations. As the great parliamentarian Edmund Burke said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

In 1968 the quotation appeared in the 14th edition of the seminal reference work Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations. The words were attributed to Burke and a 1795 letter was specified as support: 18

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

Letter to William Smith [January 9, 1795]

In 1980 the New York Times language columnist William Safire wrote about the quote and challenged the attribution to Burke given in Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations (14th). He did so based on information from a persistent correspondent who stated that the letter cited by Bartlett’s did not contain the quote: 19

The trouble is that it may be a phony. When I used the “triumph of evil” quotation recently to condemn complacency, a man named Hamilton A. Long of Philadelphia wrote to ask where and when Burke had said it. …

Then the quotation sleuth sprung his trap. “It’s not in that letter,” Mr. Long replied triumphantly. “Nor any other source quoted in the quotations books I’ve found. They are false sources.”

In 1980 a new 15th edition of Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations was released, and in 1981 Safire again discussed the quote. 20 The editor of Bartlett’s noted that the quotation had not been located in Burke’s writings, and the reference work was updated to reflect that fact. In the 16th edition the quote is listed under Burke and a footnote indicates that vigorous searches have failed to find the words in Burke’s oeuvre.

In conclusion, quotations from Burke and Mill are conceptually related to the quote under examination, but neither expression is close textually. In October of 1916 Charles F. Aked used a maxim in a speech that was similar but not identical to the modern quote.

In 1920 Murray Hyslop attributed the modern version of the quote to Burke. The record is too incomplete to make strong claims about who crafted the quote.

It is possible that Aked created an adage with conscious or unconscious inspiration from Burke or Mill. Perhaps Hyslop heard the phrase and assigned it to Burke because he believed it sounded similar to Burke. Kennedy kept a notebook of quotations that he found worth recording. He may have heard a version attributed to Burke and noted it down for future use. Sorry QI cannot provide a more definitive response, but these new cites represent some progress. Thanks for your question.

Update history: On May 9, 2012 the citation for Charles F Aked dated October 31, 1916 was added to the post. Also, the 1895 citation was added, and the conclusion was partially rewritten. On January 25, 2016 the 1924 and 1955 citations were added. Also the style of the bibliographic notes was changed from alphabetic labels to numeric labels.

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