Foreign Service Essay Contest

Since 1999, the American Foreign Service Association has sponsored a nationwide high school essay contest (for students whose parents are not in the Foreign Service) in order to create interest in the Foreign Service among our best and brightest high school students. The winner will receive a $2,500 prize and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, DC for the student and his or her parents, where they will meet the Secretary of State.

Also this year, the Semester at Sea program will provide an all-expense paid educational voyage to the winner (to be used once the winner enters an accredited university). Please visit for more information or to submit an essay. Application deadline is April 15, 2012.