AFSA High School Essay Contest

  • Website Address
  • http://www.afsa.org/essay-contest
  • Contact
  • Perri Green
  • Address
  • 2101 E Street NW
  • Washington, DC 20037
  • Email Address
  • green@afsa.org
  • Application Deadline
  • March 15, 2016
  • Number Of Awards
  • 3
  • Maximum Amount
  • $2,500
  • Scholarship Description
  • The American Foreign Service Association's National High School Essay Contest encourages students to think critically and write a research paper about building peace through diplomacy. Students must be in grades 9-12, students of U.S. citizenship and whose parents are not members of the Foreign Service.

    Essay topic:
    Imagine that you are a member of the U.S. Foreign Service recently assigned to one of the following eight bureaus within the Department of State or the U.S. Agency for International Development:

    -Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (State)
    -Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (State)
    -Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs (State)
    -Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (State)
    -Bureau of Energy Resources (State)
    -Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance (USAID)
    -Bureau for Food Security (USAID)
    -Bureau for Global Health (USAID)

    You have been tasked with seeking peacebuilding solutions to a particular conflict or crisis that threatens U.S. interests abroad. Examples include, but are not limited to: ongoing tensions between Israel and the Palestinian Territories, escalating violence in Iraq, destabilizing forces in Mali and sectarian violence in Myanmar. You are welcome to explore conflicts related to economic crises, resource scarcity, refugee influxes or any other topic that interests you. In 1,000-1,250 words, answer the following questions:

    1. How does the conflict or crisis you selected threaten U.S. interests abroad?
    2. What is the official mission of your chosen bureau, in general, and in your chosen conflict, in particular? As a member of the Foreign Service, what is your role in the bureau?
    3. How do you propose your chosen bureau might work in partnership with other organizations to address your chosen conflict? Please describe how your efforts will help build peace in this conflict.

    The winner will receive a $2,500 cash prize, an all-expense paid two-day trip to Washington, D.C., to meet the Secretary of State and tour USIP, and a full-tuition paid voyage with Semester at Sea upon the student's enrollment at an accredited university. 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., and New York annually.

    For more details and to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.

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