Global UN essay-writing tilt challenges high-school students to give life to sustainable devt goals

First place winner to get $2,500 cash prize and a $10,000 scholarship to attend Seton Hall University in New Jersey, United States

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The United Nations (UN) has opened a global essay-writing contest for high school students, with the first prize winner set to receive a $2,500 cash prize and a $10,000 scholarship to attend Seton Hall University in New Jersey, United States ($2,500 annually).

This contest is being organized by the UN Academic Impact (UNAI),  UNAI member Seton Hall University’s School of Diplomacy and International Relations, and the Education Outreach Section, of the UN Department of Public Information (UN DPI). This contest invites high school students to be part of the solution and serve the greater good by participating in a Sustainable Development (SDG) Challenge designed to engage students in thinking about the needs of society and the planet — encouraging them to be agents of change and embrace the SDGs.

Students around the world are invited to submit their 300 to 500 word statement that describes an innovative approach or idea for addressing any of the SDGs. They can present an idea aimed at creating awareness or change related to one or more of the goals. Proposals can be for a project, campaign or charity that will assist in attaining one or more of the goals. They can be local or global, with a focus on the students’ school, surrounding community, state or any country or region of the world. Submissions are asked to  briefly explain the idea and approach to implementing the idea; identify which UN. Sustainable Development Goal(s) this idea supports; and explain how the idea will contribute to attaining this goal(s).

The deadline for submission of entries is midnight (New York time) the night of March 27-28, 2016.

Finalists with the best ideas will win cash prizes and a scholarship to attend Seton Hall. The cash prize can assist in launching the idea or creating awareness about the sustainable development goal or region of the world that is most important to the submitter. The first place winner will receive a $2,500 cash prize and a $10,000 scholarship to attend Seton Hall University ($2,500 annually). The second place winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize plus a $6,000 scholarship to attend Seton Hall University ($1,500 annually). The other finalists will each receive a $4,000 scholarship to attend Seton Hall University ($1,000 annually).

For contest rules and how to submit your entry, go to: http://bit.ly/1M1S870

Read more about this contest: http://bit.ly/1L6m7jm

For any questions, please contact: Ms. Teresa Debuque, National Information Officer, UN Information Centre (UNIC) Manila, at 632-3367720 to 22, 0917-5000622, or via email: debuque@un.org.