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2017 Essay Contest

The annual FSYF Essay Contest challenges U.S. Foreign Service youth to answer a topic question in 1,000 words or fewer. In 2017 the Middle School and High School topic is the same:

2017 Essay Contest Topic (High School and Middle School):

Draw upon an experience or experiences in your Foreign Service life that took you outside your ‘comfort zone’, and write an essay centered on something you learned or an insight you gained.  Use specific examples and narrative.

Award Details

Six winners (3 Middle School youth and 3 High School youth) receive generous cash prizes made possible by McGrath Real Estate Services. All winners will be honored at the Youth Awards Ceremony at the Department of State in July 2017.

Contest Eligibility

All FSYF contests are open to children of U.S. Foreign Affairs agency officials who are eligible for overseas assignment and who report to the Chief of Mission when at post.  Entry is free to FSYF members.  

If you are not a member of FSYF (and do not wish to join at this time) you can still enter the FSYF contests by paying an entry fee of $20 per person, per contest (only one entry can be submitted for each contest).  

The contest is open to FS youth living both domestically and at overseas posts.  The children of FSYF Board and Advisory Council members and staff are not eligible to participate in the Essay Contest.

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2016 Essay Contest Winners





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Sponsor Jim McGrath presents Lara Welch with 2016 High School Essay Contest Award.

Sponsor Jim McGrath presents Penelope Duran with 2016 Middle School Essay Contest Award.

Funding for this award is made possible by McGrath Real Estate Services

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