2019 High School Student Essay Contest

School Programs


First place: $1,000

Second place: $750

Third Place: $500

Winning essays will be posted on The National WWII Museum’s website, along with the names of the honorable mentions.

Rules and Formatting Guidelines

  • Contest is open to all high school students in the United States, US territories, and U S military bases.
  • Your essay must be 1,000 words or less. Only one essay per student may be submitted.
  • All essays should:
    • be double-spaced
    • have one-inch margins
    • include page numbers
    • include an essay title
    • be typed in 12 point font
    • be in Microsoft Word or a compatible format
  • Submissions must be submitted via the website by December 27, 2019, 5:00 p.m. (CST).
  • Museum will accept the first 500 properly formatted entries only. The website will indicate when 500 essays have been submitted.

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