Since 1996, NIAF has proudly joined with the National Christopher Columbus Association (NCCA) to sponsor an annual national essay contest on a topic related to Christopher Columbus for high school students throughout the United States.
Three outstanding essays are chosen from amongst the submissions to win a cash prize. The first-place winner receives a $1,200 prize and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington to read the essay at the Columbus Day event in Washington. The second-place winner receives $500 and the third-place winner receives $300.
When reflecting on Columbus’s legacy, we tend to think about his impact in America. What were the effects of the discovery of America on Italy? How did Columbus’s voyages serve as the starting point for Italian-American relations?
The contest is open to students in grades 9 through 12 in public, private, or parochial schools, or to those who are home schooled. This contest is conducted without regard to race, religion, gender, or national origin.
For more information regarding the specific criteria of the essay contest, please visit the link below.