Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 12/15/2011

On National Bill of Rights Day, “Free to Tweet” campaign offers a $5,000 scholarship

One hundred and forty characters could turn into $5,000 for 22 students Thursday. The “Free to Tweet” campaign kicked off at midnight. Funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the prizes will be awarded to young adults between 14 and 22 who blog or tweet about their reasons for supporting the First Amendment.

It’s the 220th anniversary of the day the Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments of the Constitution, went into effect, after it was ratified by three-fourths of the states.

Students are to tag their messages with #freetotweet. So far the entries are short, sweet and to the point:

I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it. -Voltaire (François-Marie Arouet) #FreeToTweetThu Dec 15 14:57:37 via Twitter for iPhone

The first amendment clearly states that you can freely express urself & face no consequences. So speak ur mind peacefully #FreeToTweetThu Dec 15 14:58:45 via Twitter for iPhone

Hi-fives, flying chest-bumps & (freely expressed) end zone dances today for First Amendment's 220th b-day. #freetotweetThu Dec 15 14:35:00 via Twitter for iPhone

on street corners, w/ a pen, on soap boxes, w/ music, to your neighbor, on twitter. tell it like it is and be grateful. #freetotweet.Thu Dec 15 14:55:24 via web

Read more about the competition here.

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