NPG is Pleased to Announce the Winners of Our 2014 Essay Scholarship Contest


We are pleased to announce the winners of our 2014 NPG Essay Scholarship.

2014 Topic:

Explain why the average American citizen – particularly our youngest generation – should become active in the cause to slow, halt, and eventually reverse U.S. population growth.

Click on each name to read their winning essay!

AwardWinner NameSchool
$1,000Pierce Brooks Wesley College
Dover, DE
Winner of the Richard C. Smith NPG Essay Scholarship
Ian T. GreyEmbry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Prescott, AZ
Winner of the Foundation for Human Conservation NPG Essay Scholarship
Hartland McDonaldFlorida State University
Tallahassee, FL
$1,000Gregory RossUniversity of Chicago
Chicago, IL
$1,000Gemma ZahradkaUniversity of Wisconsin - La Crosse
La Crosse, WI



It would be relatively easy for the U.S. to achieve a negative rate of population growth. But to do so we must first be willing to address the only two factors that cause our present growth: fertility and immigration.

If almost all couples had no more than two children, and if we reduced immigration to not over 200,000 a year, our population would soon stop growing and then begin a gradual decline before stabilizing at a sustainable level of around 150 million.

By contrast, we are now heading rapidly toward disaster. Our population growth is destroying our environment, our resources, and our standard of living. If mass immigration is allowed to continue, the Census Bureau projects our U.S. population will grow to 417 million people by 2060 – reaching over half a billion by the end of this century.
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