CIMSEC High School Scholarship Essay Contest

003_Sonar_Technician_1st_Class_Billy_Trowbridge_points_out_several_features_of_the_control_room_to_Elizabeth_Godin_and_Elizabeth_Palczynski-672x372The Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC) is pleased to announce our first annual Maritime Security Scholarship Essay Contest. In an effort to further our mission of spreading awareness of security issues impacting the ocean commons, CIMSEC is issuing a call for papers from secondary school students* around the world.

It’s time to put on your nautical caps and think, read, and write about maritime security. A broad range of paper topics are encouraged, but should exhibit an awareness and interest in maritime or naval affairs. Submissions will be judged on originality of thought, logic, and ability to demonstrate the importance of the chosen topic to maritime security.


  • First Place: “Hipple Prize for Eloquence in Defense of the Seas” – $500 US
  • Second Place – $250 US
  • Honorable Mention – $150 US

Prize winners and other exceptional essays will be published on CIMSEC’s “Next War Blog” and here on

The contest is open to any Secondary/High School Student*, internationally. Submissions should include proof of student status (copy of student ID or transcript) along with the entrant’s full name and address.

Contest entries are due no later than 15 January 2015 and the winners will be announced in the early spring.

Entries of no more than 1,500 words in length should be emailed in Microsoft Word or .pdf format to [email protected]. Submissions will only be accepted in English, but we will be happy to help with light editing for non-native English speaking entries.

*Anmerkung des Admin: dies entspricht der gymnasialen Stufe, Abitur bzw. Maturität.

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