National High School Essay Contest

USIP is proud to partner with the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) on the annual National High School Essay Contest for 2015-2016. The contest engages high school students in learning and writing about issues of peace and conflict, encouraging appreciation for diplomacy’s role in building partnerships that can advance peacebuilding and protect national security. The 2015-16 contest theme, "Building Peace through Diplomacy," challenged students to identify a current threat to U.S. interests abroad and to research and present options via which Foreign Service officers can respond.

The contest is administered by AFSA, with USIP as a core sponsor for 2015-2016. The winner of the contest will receive a $2,500 cash prize, an all-expense paid 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.

The deadline for the 2015-2016 contest was on March 15 at 11:59 pm ET. The winner will be announced this spring.