Eliot S. Berkley Award
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Applications are now open for the 2017 Eliot S. Berkley Award
and are due no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, October 20.

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.

Who Can Apply?
Currently enrolled juniors or seniors at Kansas City–area high schools

Steps to Apply

  1. Submit this informational form ».
  2. Write an essay of between 1,000 and 1,200 words, with sources appropriately cited, on the following topic: The Global Policy Forum has noted, “Unprecedented changes in communications, transportation, and computer technology have given the process new impetus and made the world more interdependent than ever.” Yet recent elections in the U.S., the United Kingdom, and other countries seem to go against the concept of globalization. Outline the arguments both for and against embracing globalization. Do you agree or disagree with these views? Explain why. Send your essay to mhughes@irckc.org » with the subject, “Berkley Award.”
  3. Submit two letters of recommendation from individuals not related to you to demonstrate your superior academic interest and competence in international studies. The letters should be e-mailed as a PDF to mhughes@irckc.org » with the subject, “Berkley Award Recommendation: [Applicant’s Name].”

What Happens if You Win?
The awardee will be notified by Tuesday, October 31, and invited to attend the IRC’s Global Honors Evening » on Thursday, November 9.

Any Questions?
Feel free to contact Matthew Hughes with any questions at mhughes@irckc.org » or 816-423-2632.

Download an informational flyer »

Past Berkley Award Winners

2015-16: Marcus Leong, Olathe Northwest High School
Runner-up: Nathalie Kiersznowski, Pembroke Hill High School

2014-15: Stefan Petrovic, Lawrence High School
Runner-up: Zachary Klamann, Rockhurst High School 

2013-14: Therin Showalter, Kearney High School
Runner-up: Kathleen Harding, Olathe Northwest High School

2013: Claire Thomas, Shawnee Mission South High School
Runner-up: Whitney Horn, Olathe North High School

2012: Felix Albl, Lansing High School
Runner-up: Ashley Hung, Shawnee Mission South High School

2010: Sam Reichman, Shawnee Mission South High School
Runner-up: Marquitta Hall, Lincoln College Preparatory Academy

2009: Shawn Gunn, Blue Springs High School
Runner-up: Chelsey Clark, Plate County R-3 High School
2008: Edward "Ted" Hart, Rockhurst High School
Runner-up: Libby Maese, Shawnee Mission Center for International Studies

2007: Mark Thomas: Shawnee Mission Center for International Studies

2006: Anthony Badami, Rockhurst High School
Runner-up: Steffi Krull, Blue Valley High School
2005: Rachel Voss, Shawnee Mission Center for International Studies
Runner-up: Kathleen Rice, Lee's Summit West High School

2004: Courtney Robbins, Lee's Summit North High School
Runner-up: Andrew Green, Oak Park High School

2003: Jason Humphrey, Shawnee Mission North High School
Runner-up: Valerie Tarbutton, Olathe East High School

2002: Lilia Toson, Winnetonka High School

2001: Matt Knuth, Parkhill South High School

2000: Anna Hold, Shawnee Mission West High School

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