National WWII Museum Student Essay Contest - Middle & High School

For your essay, middle and high school students will each respond to a different quote by Elie Wiesel from your point of view as a young person coming of age in the twenty-first century. Do you agree or do you disagree with his view? Use the events of World War II and The Holocaust as your starting point, basing your essay in part on America's involvement in the War. But don't stop in the past. Use specific examples from your own experiences and/or current events to support your ideas. This is not a research paper, and the best essays will not be summaries of the past 70 years of American history or foreign policy. Your essay will be judged foremost for its originality, clarity of expression, and adherence to contest theme, as well as its historical accuracy, grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Middle School Students:Contest is open to all students in grades 5-8 in the United States, United States Territories, and military bases-Your essay must be 500 words or less. Only one essay per student may be submitted-All essays should: 1. Be double-spaced 2. Have 1-inch margins 3. Include page numbers 4. Include an essay title 5. Be typed in 12 point font 6. Be in Microsoft Word-compatible format only. No zip files or Google documents are permitted-Museum will accept the first 500 properly formatted entries only. The website will indicate when 500 essays have been submitted.-The Museum will select one winning essay from each grade. Winners will receive a $250 prize. Three honorable mentions from each grade will receive a Museum baseball cap-Winning essays will be posted on The National WWII Museum's website, along with the names of the honorable mentionsHigh School Students:-Contest is open to all high school students in the United States, United States Territories, and military bases- Your essay must be 1,000 words or less. Only one essay per student may be submitted-All essays should: 1. Be double-spaced 2. Have 1-inch margins 3. Include page numbers 4. Include an essay title 5. Be typed in 12 point font 6. Be in Microsoft Word-compatible format only. No zip files or Google documents are permitted- Museum will accept the first 500 properly formatted entries only. The website will indicate when 500 essays have been submitted.Winning essays will be posted on The National WWII Museum's website, along with honorable mentions.For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.

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Award Amount: $1,000
Competitive: Yes
Essay required: Yes