Governance, Corruption, and Conflict
Kathryn Botto of Texas, Lily Zhang of Pennsylvania, and Meredith Pochily of New York have earned $10,000, $5,000 and $2,500 scholarships as the national first, second, and third place finishers, respectively. | Read the press release
Each first place winner has won $1000 in college scholarship and has been invited to attend the Awards Program in Washington, DC in June. | Read the winner bios. | Read what the media is saying about the winners.
1,100 Entries in the 2010-2011 Contest!
February 1, 2011 was the final day to submit essays for the 2010-2011 contest on Governance, Corruption and Conflict. Thank you to the 1,100 students and their coordinators who participated in this year's contest!
2010-2011 Awards Week in D.C.
June 19-24, 2011
Take a look at this year's exciting agenda.
This year, 1,100 students submitted entries to the National Peace Essay Contest while thousands more participated in related writing and other classroom exercises in high schools around the country.
Over the years, more than 1,400 state winners have participated in the Washington Awards Program. Many of these students have gone on to study foreign policy issues in college or have pursued careers in international affairs.
This year, the U.S. Institute of Peace's National Peace Essay Contest staff are organizing an exciting program for the state winners during their week in Washington. Activities will include:
- A challenging three-day simulation
- Meetings with knowledgeable speakers such as distinguished foreign policy scholars, practitioners, public officials in Congress, and foreign diplomats
- Visits to historic national memorials and museums
- An awards ceremony to honor state winners and to announce national winners.
- Download the 2010-2011 question (PDF/68KB)
- Download the 2010-2011 Guidebook (PDF/2.0MB)
- Download the 2010-2011 Study Guide (PDF/3.0MB)
- Essay Requirements (PDF/94KB)
- Essay Requirements Checklist (PDF/65KB)
- Sign up to receive NPEC updates