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|Eliot S. Berkley Award|
Applications for the 2018 Eliot S. Berkley Award are now being accepted.
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 2017 prompt invited applicants to respond to outline the arguments both for and against embracing globalization and share whether they agreed or disagreed with these views. The review committee selected Hilary Griggs from Seabury Academy in Lawrence to win the 2017 Berkley Award for her essay, "Nothing is Hopeless: Recommitting to Positive Globalization." Hilary wrote, in part, "To ensure truly successful globalization, every nation must reaffirm its commitment to an interdependent, cooperative, and collaborative global community. Citizens should elect competent, knowledgeable, and strong leaders who share a desire to integrate their nation into the globalized system. And, most importantly, every individual should begin to consider themselves not only a member of their local or national community, but also as a member of the international system."
How to Apply
Complete applications include three parts: an informational form, an essay of 1,000 to 1,200 words, and two letters of recommendation. Only complete applications will be considered.
To help us save paper, we ask that no hard copies of materials be submitted.
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