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The deadline is Friday, March 29, 2024


Funding for this award is made possible by a generous donation from: 

Craig Richey 

About the Sponsor:  Craig Richey 

We started Richey Property Management in 2006. As real estate investors ourselves, we understand the stress that comes with being a landlord and know that owning real estate is a great long term investment. As your real estate advisor, we’ll work with you to maximize your profitability whether we work together for just a year or 10+ years. We will be your eyes and ears so you’ll know what’s going on from across the world. Through effective property management we can keep your home well maintained and occupied by a great tenant.  We offer a variety of other services as well such as sales and contracting services and we offer discounts to all our Foreign Service clients!

FSYF Essay Contest 

The annual FSYF Essay Contest challenges Foreign Service youth to reflect on their experience by responding to an essay prompt. Middle and high school students are invited to participate in the contest sponsored by McGrath Real Estate Services.

The 2024 Essay topic is: 

"Of all the books in the world, the best stories are found between the pages of a passport. Using your passports, please describe a part of your Foreign Service journey and how it shaped your sense of identity."

Award Details

The judges select winners for both Middle School and High School that will receive generous cash prizes made possible by Craig Richey.

Winners will receive first, second, or third place awards of $1,000, $600, or $400 (respectively) in the high school category. 

Middle school award winners will receive first, second, or third place awards of $600, $400, or $200 (respectively).
All winners are recognized at the Youth Awards Ceremony held at the Department of State in June. 

Contest Eligibility

Must be a current member of FSYF as of March 29, 2024.

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.  

The children of judges for this contest are not eligible to apply for this contest.

***Essays will become the property of FSYF and Craig Richey Real Estate Services and may be used in future promotional materials.  

Foreign Service Youth Foundation

P.O. Box 50663

Arlington, VA  22205


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