Youth Summit 2011: An International High School Essay Contest





Rumi Forum and the Gulen Institute at the University of Houston have organized an International Essay Contest for all high school students in grades 9 through 12 enrolled in public or private schools.

Students from all over the United States and abroad are encouraged to participate in the Essay Contest to address the following topic:

The use of military means as a solution to today’s international and national political issues: Diplomacy or war, democracy or military coup?

Please feel free to reproduce these materials as needed. One special note is that our deadline for essay submission is Monday, January 31, 2011.

We kindly invite your students to participate in this event in which the winners will be awarded as follows:

1st place                          :               4,000 USD + Trip to D.C.

2nd place                          :               2,500 USD + Trip to D.C.

3rd place                          :               1,000 USD + Trip to D.C.

4th – 20th place                   :               300 USD    + Trip to D.C.

21st – 30th place                 :               Trip to D.C.


This event is a unique opportunity for the winners to meet U.S. Congress members; visit think tank institutions and tourist attractions during a 4-day trip to Washington, D.C. The Gulen Institute will sponsor winning students’ and their supervisors’ travel, accommodations and meal expenses.

In addition, all winners will receive a Certificate of Recognition.

For more information foollow this link: or write to this email: