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AFSA High School Essay Contest

The High School Essay Contest encourages high school students to think about important international issues and learn about one of America's best kept secrets: The United States Foreign Service.

 

This year, we throw the spotlight on a clear and present challenge: The growing number of refugees and internally displaced persons around the world. The contest challenges students to imagine themselves as a member of the Foreign Service posted to one of four countries that are directly affected by this crisis, and to propose solutions.

 

AFSA welcomes the continuing support of our fantastic contest partners: The United States Institute of Peace, Semester at Sea, and the National Student Leadership Conference. They make possible the fantastic prizes for our winner and runner-up. The winner receives $2,500, a trip to Washington, D.C. to meet the Secretary of State, and full tuition for a Semester at Sea educational voyage. The runner-up receives $1,250 and full tuition for the NSLC's International Diplomacy summer program. Application Deadline is March 15, the Number of Awards is 2, and the maximum Amount Awards amount is $2,500.


Eligibility:

    • High school students of U.S. citizenship, in grades 9-12, whose parents are not members of the Foreign Service.

     

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