United States Institute of Peace (USIP) conducts the National peace essay contest every year. It is open to all school students from grade 9 to 12 residing in USA. Students who are US citizens and studying abroad are also eligible. There is one award of $1,000 for each state. 53 State level winners compete for the national level award. The first, second and third prices at the national level are $10,000, 5000 and 2500 respectively. All the 53 winners attend a five day awards function in Washington and meet many dignitaries.
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