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|Eliot S. Berkley Award|
Application information for the 2020 Berkley Award
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 2019 recipient of the Berkley Award was Lyle Griggs, a junior at Bishop Seabury Academy in Lawrence, Kansas, and an annual participant in the IRC's Academic WorldQuest competition for high-schoolers. In his essay identifying what he believes to be the single most important international problem of our time, Lyle wrote, “Throughout history, humanity has often been faced with internal and external threats; war, famine, disease, and drought have destabilized or destroyed many individual nations. But in the 20th century, two existential threats to humanity emerged: nuclear proliferation and climate change. The first dominated global imaginations during the Cold War era, when the legitimate possibility and universal fear of a sudden nuclear apocalypse were always fresh in the public consciousness. The second […], lacking shock value and instantaneity, has never provoked the same terror. Climate change, however, is the sole inevitable existential threat to humanity, and thus should be identified as the most important international problem of our time.”
Currently enrolled juniors or seniors at Kansas City–area high schools
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.
Deadlines and additional information will be posted in mid-2020. The recipient will be invited to attend the IRC’s Global Honors Evening in November 2020.
Feel free to contact Matthew Hughes with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 816-423-2632.
2019: Lyle Griggs, Bishop Seabury Academy (Lawrence)
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