National Peace Essay Contest

Application Information

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Amount
Awarded

$10,000

Awarded

Application Deadline

March 15

Friday
Awarded By:

United States Institute of Peace

Number of Awards & Eligibility: There can be up to one winner from each state for a potential of 53 awards. Each state winner will compete for national awards.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for U.S. students.
  2. Must attend high school in one of the 50 states, the District of Columbia or U.S. territories OR be a U.S. citizen attending high school overseas.
  3. Must be a current student in grades nine through twelve.
  4. Must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: Students attending high school in one of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, or the U.S. territories OR U.S. citizens attending high school overseas are eligible for this award. Students must be in grades nine through twelve at time of application.

Application requirements for the National Peace Essay Contest are:

  • Registration form
  • Essay
Additional Information: Essays that use a variety of sources - academic journals, news magazines, newspapers, books, government documents, publications from research organizations - fare better in the contest. Encyclopedias are not acceptable as sources. The Internet or World Wide Web should not be the only source for the essay. Previous first-place state winners and immediate relatives of directors or staff of the Institute are not eligible to participate. Previous honorable mentions are eligible to enter. Each essay will be judged according to the following criteria: quality of the research, quality of the analysis, and style and mechanics. A student may take part in the contest with the sponsorship of any school, school club, youth group, community group, or religious organization. There must be a contest coordinator - someone in the school or community who can review essays and act as the key contact between participants and the Institute. If there is no designated coordinator at the student's school or organization, the student may ask a teacher, youth group leader, club sponsor, parent, or other adult to be his/her coordinator. It is to the student's advantage to have someone review his/her essay before he/she submits it to make sure it is complete, has all the necessary forms, is free from typographical and grammatical errors, and addresses the topic. There is no formal process to become a coordinator.

Award Amount: First-place state winners receive $1,000. First-place state winners compete for national awards of $10,000, $5,000, and $2,500 for first-, second-, and third-place, respectively. In addition, all first-place state winners are invited to attend an all-expense-paid awards program in Washington, D.C. in June. All awards are made on an annual basis and are non-renewable.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $10,000.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Friday, March 15

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Friday, March 15

This is an essay contest. The applicant must write a 1,000 to 1,250 word essay on the current year's topic. Registration forms and detailed essay information are available online from the United States Institute of Peace website. Each essay should be typed, and double-spaced. The essay must contain an introduction, a body, a conclusion, reference notes, and a bibliography. Disqualified essays will not be returned for correction or forwarded to judges. All essays must be submitted online by the deadline date.
Contact: Kimberly Spring
Address: 1200 17th St. N.W. Suite 200 Washington, District of Columbia 20036

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