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|Eliot S. Berkley Award|
Applications for the 2019 Eliot S. Berkley Award are now being accepted.
Complete applications contain three parts and must be received by Friday, November 8, 2019.
Each year, in memory of our founder and longtime executive director, Eliot S. Berkley, the International Relations Council presents this award to an exceptional high-school junior or senior who has demonstrated superior academic interest and competence in international studies. The award includes a $500 scholarship.
The 2018 prompt invited applicants to describe what role the United States should play in helping address the plight of refugees worldwide. The review committee selected John Lubianetsky from the Barstow School to win the 2018 Berkley Award for his essay, "The Case for Refugees: Why the United States Should Play an Active Role in the Global Refugee Crisis." John wrote, in part, "The United States stands as a proprietor and leader of a global system built over half a century, and as such, has a responsibility to stand as an example for other nations to follow. […] The United States wields a prerogative to be an active member in the refugee crisis and stands to further the interests of the global community and itself."
How to Apply
Complete applications include three parts: an informational form, an essay of 1,000 to 1,200 words, and one letter of recommendation. Only complete applications will be considered.
To help us save paper, we ask that no hard copies of materials be submitted.
2018: John Lubianetsky, The Barstow School
2017: Hilary Griggs, Bishop Seabury Academy (Lawrence)
2016: Marcus Leong, Olathe Northwest High School
2015: Stefan Petrovic, Lawrence High School
2014: Therin Showalter, Kearney High School
2013: Claire Thomas, Shawnee Mission South High School
2012: Felix Albl, Lansing High School
2010: Sam Reichman, Shawnee Mission South High School
2009: Shawn Gunn, Blue Springs High School
2008: Edward "Ted" Hart, Rockhurst High School
2007: Mark Thomas: Shawnee Mission Center for International Studies
2006: Anthony Badami, Rockhurst High School
2005: Rachel Voss, Shawnee Mission Center for International Studies
2004: Courtney Robbins, Lee's Summit North High School
2003: Jason Humphrey, Shawnee Mission North High School
2002: Lilia Toson, Winnetonka High School
2001: Matt Knuth, Park Hill South High School