National High School Essay Contest

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Amount
Awarded

$1,875

Awarded

Application Deadline

April 6

Monday
Awarded By:

American Foreign Service Association

Number of Awards & Eligibility: Two awards offered annually.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is U.S. students.
  2. Must be in high school in any of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, or U.S. territories.
  3. Must be in grades nine through twelve, attending a public, private, parochial school, home school or participating in a high school correspondence program in any of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, or U.S. territories.
  4. Must be a U.S. citizen.

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

Description: Students in grades nine through twelve, attending a public, private, parochial school, home school or participating in a high school correspondence program in any of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, or U.S. territories are eligible to enter this essay contest.

Application requirements for the National High School Essay Contest are:

  • Essay
  • Application form
  • Supplemental information
Additional Information: Students whose parents are members of the foreign service, children of AFSA Staff, Booz Allen and Hamilton and/or Semester at Sea are not eligible. Essays will be judged on quality of research, quality of analysis, and style and mechanics.

Award Amount: $2,500 annually, non-renewable, a trip to Washington DC with his/her parents and "Semester at Sea" full-tuition once accepted at an accredited college. The winners' school will receive 10 copies of "Inside a US Embassy". The runner-up will receive a $1,250 cash prize and a full scholarship to participate in the International Diplomacy Program of the National Student Leadership Conference, held in Washington, D.C.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $1,875.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Monday, April 6

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Monday, April 6

This is an essay contest. Registration forms are available on the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) website. The student must submit an essay of 1,000 to 1,250 words on the current year's topic. Essay topic information and suggestions for resources are online. Essays must be typed, double-spaced, in 12-point Times New Roman or an equivalent font with a one-inch margin on all sides of the page. Standards of content and style from MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 6th ed., will be expected for documentation of sources in the text of the essay, the format of the list of works cited, and margins and indentation. Three or more of the sources the student cites must be primary. Entries must be submitted online by 11L59 p.m. EST on the deadline date. Mailed, emailed or faxed applications are not acceptable.
Contact: Perri Green
Address: 2102 East St. N.W. Washington, District of Columbia 20037

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