The American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) National High School Essay Contest offers students in grades 9-12 the opportunity to write about diplomacy and peace-building.
Students must identify two cases – one you deem successful and one you deem unsuccessful – in which the United States pursued an integrated approach to build peace in a conflict-affected country. Essays must analyze and compare these two cases, addressing particular questions. The winner will receive $2,500, a trip to Washington to meet a member of State Department leadership and a one-semester scholarship for a Semester at Sea educational voyage. The runner-up will receive $1,250 and a full scholarship to attend the International Diplomacy Program of the National Student Leadership Conference.
The entry deadline is March 15. Visit AFSA’s website for more information.