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Deadline for this year’s submission: Tuesday, April 15, 2019
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What is one conflict you have read about or experienced? How was the conflict resolved? Was the resolution effective? Why or why not? Responses can take several forms, such as an academic essay, short story, personal experience, or a set of poems.

  • Submissions should be sent to [email protected] with the Subject line “CPJR Scholarship.”
  • All Bergen students are eligible to participate.
  • Responses must be typed, double-spaced, with Times New Roman 12 point font.
  • Students’ names and contact information (email address and phone number) should appear on the title page.
  • Stories and essays should be no more than 1,500 words (approximately five pages).
  • Poetry should consist of more than one poem.
  • Academic essays should follow MLA standards regarding attribution of quotations and citations.
  • Entries will be judged by members of the Center for Peace, Justice and Reconciliation steering committee.
  • Scholarship winners will be recognized at the awards luncheon
  • Top 3 submissions receive awards $1000, $750, $500

Spring 2019 winners

  • 1st Place – Aleksandra Malinowski, “Bones” (Poetry)
  • 2nd Place – Bryan Alcantara, “Life Experience and DACA” (Memoir)
  • 3rd Place – Dewa Syedmatiullah, “Abusing Young Boys in Afghanistan” (Essay)

Spring 2017 winners

Congratulations to all of the students who helped make this year’s selection so challenging. Winners of this year’s Peace Scholarship Challenge:

  • 1st Prize – Jade Gabrielle Catral – Convert or Die: Cultural Genocide (essay)
  • 2nd Prize – Hannah Greenwald – An Open Letter to My Uber Driver (creative nonfiction)
  • 3rd Prize – Anonymous – Lack of Education: a Conflict to Resolve (essay)

Spring 2016 winners:

  • First Place: Sana Azizah Khan “The Second City: the Humanitarian Crises of Gang Violence”  – Sana describes gang violence in Chicago’s South Side and proposes potential solutions to the problems plaguing America’s “second cities.”
  • Second Place: Binah Ezra “Far from the Home I Love”  – Binah focuses on the challenges of living as an Iranian Jew in the turbulent years leading up to the Iranian revolution.
  • Third Place: Faith Okoko “Peace and Blame are Opposites” – Faith recounts her experience with ethnic and political violence in Kenya.