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National Peace Essay Contest for High School Students

United States Institute of Peace

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Scholarship Overview

This essay contest is for high school students in the fifty states, Washington DC, and the US territories, and for American students abroad. Students attending high school in the United States are eligible regardless of citizenship; however, students who are attending high school in a country outside the United States must be US citizens. To apply, applicants must write an essay related to the topic of "Security Sector Reform, Political Transition, and Sustainable Peace." The top prize(s) includes a college scholarship and a trip to Washington, DC, to participate in a prestigious education program.

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This scholarship has application requirements that could take a lot of time and effort.

How much competition is there?


You will be competing against a pretty high number of people for this scholarship.

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Deadline: Feb 3
Award Range: $1,000 - $10,000
Awards Granted: 56
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