National Peace Essay Contest


United States Institute of Peace




Amount: $1,000-$10,000
Award Number: 56: 3 National awards and 53 State awards
GPA Required: N/a


All fields of study. Essays are focused on peacebuilding


2301 Constitution Avenue., NW
Washington , DC 20037


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Phone: (202) 457-1700


The National Peace Essay Contest is a yearly competition that provides scholarships to high school students. NPEC encourages high school students to explore peacebuilding. Many NPEC winners have gone on to study foreign policy issues in college or have pursued careers in international affairs. Up to 53 winners receive college scholarships and, in 2014, the three national winners will be invited to an Awards Program in Washington, D.C.

Students are eligible to participate if they are in grades nine through twelve in any of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. territories, or if they are U.S. citizens attending high school overseas. Students may be attending a public, private, or parochial school. Entries from home-schooled students are also accepted. Previous first-place state winners and immediate relatives of directors or staff of the Institute are not eligible to participate. Previous honorable mention recipients are eligible to enter.


See website for essay prompt, requirement checklist, and essay submission directions.