About the Scholarship

The National High School Essay Contest is organized by the American Foreign Service Association, every year. The AFSA Scholarship Program provides college aid to the children of the AFSA members, whose parents are/were Foreign Service employees.FSA provides help to high school seniors who can compete for academic and art merit awards along with a community service award; additionally offering financial aid scholarships to tax-dependent undergraduates.


How to Apply?

Being an Essay writing competition, the applicants of the National High School Essay Contest need to conduct a 1000-1250 words essay, on the topic decided by the American Foreign Service Association, following the format for essay specified by them. 

The essays need to be submitted online only, on or before the 13th of March, 2020. 


Scholarship Amount

The National High School Essay Contest, organized by the American Foreign Service Association provides 2 non-renewable scholarships of $2500, separately every year. 

In addition to the prize money, the 2 winning applicants also receive a trip to Washington DC with parents, in addition to a "Semester at Sea' full-tuition, once the winners are accepted at an accredited college. Also, the winner's respective schools will receive 10 copies of 'inside a US Embassy" each.

The runners-up of the competition will receive a cash prize amounting to $1250, along with a scholarship of fully-funded participation in the International Diplomacy Program of the National Student Leadership Conference, held in Washington, D.C.


Deadline Information

In order to apply for the National High School Essay Contest, the essays need to be submitted by the applicants on or before 15 March, 2020.


Eligibility Criteria

The following are the eligibility criteria to be considered while applying for the National High School Essay Contest:

  • The applicant must be a U.S. citizen.

  • The applicant must be in grades nine through twelve, attending a public, private, parochial school, home school or participating in a high school correspondence program in any of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, or U.S. territories.

  • The applicant must be in high school in any of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, or U.S. territories.

  • The applicant must be a U.S. student.


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