The United States Foreign Service National High School Essay Contest is open to all students in grades nine through twelve who are attending public, private or parochial schools, home schooled or participating in a high school correspondence program in any of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, or the U.S. territories or as U.S. citizens attending schools overseas. Non-U.S. citizens enrolled in U.S. high schools are also eligible to apply. If your parents are members of the United States Foreign Service or are on the Steering and Advisory Committee for the contest, you are NOT eligible. In order to apply, you must submit a 750- to 1,000-word research paper analyzing and explaining how the members of the Foreign Service promote United States national interests by participating in the resolution of today's major international problems. The first-place winner will receive a $2,500 check as well as a $500 check for their school or sponsor.