Description: The National Peace Essay Contest will award 53 scholarships to eligible high school students in grades nine through twelve who can express themselves through a thoughtful and researched essay on a specific topic. The first place contest winner from each state will receive $1,000 and compete for national awards of $10,000, $5,000, and $2,500 for first, second, and third place respectively. Students are notified in May of their essays status and all first-place state winners are invited to attend a unique five-day all-expenses-paid awards program in Washington, D.C. in June .
Starting in 1987, USIP challenged students to think critically about global issues of conflict and peace through the National Peace Essay Contest (NPEC). USIP then expanded its work with young people in more recent years with the creation of the Global Peacebuilding Center in 2011. Now, USIP is building upon the legacy of the NPEC (which was wrapped up in 2014) and expanding the ongoing work of the by partnering with other organizations on some new initiatives for students:
United States Institute of Peace National Peace Essay Contest
For 27 years, the National Peace Essay Contest promoted serious discussion among high school students, teachers, and national leaders about international peace and conflict resolution today and in the future.