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The deadline is Wednesday, March 29, 2023


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

Jim McGrath

in memory of Edward and Peg McGrath

 Jim McGrath is honored to sponsor the FSYF Essay contest in honor of his parents, Ed and Peg McGrath (a Foreign Service family with 4 children) who after their travels in 1976 founded 

 The McGrath family had multiple overseas postings over a 30 year career so Jim understands the sacrifices and unique opportunities of FS lifestyle and appreciates the support offered by FSYF. Jim has witnessed firsthand how FSYF assists our youth and families, in making the most of their experience, the McGraths are honored to sponsor FSYF! 

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 2023 Essay topic is: 
" Describe a scene from a current or former post that taught you something about yourself and that place as a Foreign Service youth"

Award Details

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

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 July. 

Contest Eligibility

Must be a current member of FSYF as of March 29, 2023.

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.  

Family members of FSYF officers, directors, major contributors, employees, and members of any selection committee are not eligible to participate.

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

 Foreign Service Youth Foundation (FSYF)

PO Box 50663   Arlington, VA   22205


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