The United States Institute of Peace is holding their annual National Peace Essay Contest. This scholarship contest is for high school students who are interested in international issues, conflict resolution, peace studies, justice, and human rights. The 2010-2011 contests topic is “Governance, Corruption, and Conflict.” Students must answer the question:

For those who hope to prevent violent conflict, how can their efforts to reduce, if not eliminate, corruption best contribute to building sustainable peace using two cases of countries in transition from war to peace?

First-place state winners receive scholarships and are invited to Washington for a five-day awards program. The Institute pays for expenses related to the program, including travel, lodging, meals and entertainment. This unique five-day program promotes an understanding of the nature and process of international peacemaking by focusing on a region and/or theme related to the current essay contest.

Click here for more detailed information on eligibility, registration, submission, and other requirements.

Deadline: February 1st, 2011