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National Peace Essay Contest
Our country depends on knowledgeable and thoughtful students like you—the next generation of leaders—to build peace with freedom and justice among nations and peoples. In the belief that questions about peace, justice, freedom, and security are vital to civic education, we established the National Peace Essay Contest to expand educational opportunities for America's youth.
Each year over 1,100 students submit entries to USIP’s National Peace Essay Contest, while thousands more participate in related writing and other classroom exercises in high schools around the country.
The National Peace Essay Contest:
- Promotes serious discussion among high school students, teachers, and national leaders about international peace and conflict resolution today and in the future;
- Complements existing curricula and other scholastic activities;
- Strengthens students' research, writing, and reasoning skills; and
- Meets National Contents Standards.
First-place state winners of the National Peace Essay Contest receive scholarships and are invited to Washington for a five-day awards program. The Institute pays for expenses related to the program, including travel, lodging, meals and entertainment. This unique five-day program promotes an understanding of the nature and process of international peacemaking by focusing on a region and/or theme related to the current essay contest.