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American Foreign Service Association Scholarship

Deadline: March 15, 2014


Must be a high school student whose parents are not in the foreign service.

How To Apply:

1. Fill out the registration form found at with your digital signature or equivalent. The teacher information is very important, as your teacher will be consulted should your essay be chosen as one of the top 25.

2. Attach a copy of an original work in English on the designated topic, which should include a comprehensive list of sources consulted.

3. All submissions must include a word count, excluding the list of sources.

4. Entries must be typed, double-spaced, in 12-point Times New Roman or an equivalent font with a one-inch margin on all sides of the page. Standards of content and style from MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 6th ed., will be expected for (1) documentation of sources in the text of your essay (see chapter 5); (2) the format of the list of works cited (see sample page at end of the MLA Handbook); and (3) margins and indentation (see sample page also at end of Handbook).

5. AT LEAST three of the sources you cite must be primary sources, i.e. books, periodicals or newspapers that you have physically researched. Other sources may be online-only materials, provided they are cited correctly as such. Note: Any essay using such sources as Wikipedia will be disqualified! Please make sure to also separate your primary source list from your Internet source list.

6. Do not place your name or your school's name on any of the pages of the essay. Only the registration form should include this information.

7. Your essay will be disqualified if it does not meet the requirements or is submitted after the submission date of March 15, 2014.

Your essay will become the property of the American Foreign Service Association once it is submitted, and will not be returned.

The decisions of the judges are final.

More Information:

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Award Amount: $2,500