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National Peace Essay Contest

Website: http://www.usip.org/npec

Who's Eligible: High school students in grades 9-12

Award Amount: Up to $10,000

Due Date: Varies


Give peace a chance or at least talk about it on paper. In this essay contest, students wax philosophic about "How can new media best be leveraged to help build peace and prevent conflict?" The national winner walks away with the big $10,000, but all state winners land $1,000 scholarship and an all-expense paid trip to Washington DC which focuses on the international peacemaking process. Essays can be no longer than 1,500 words and must include certain features. A list of requirements is available here.

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