The American Freedom Association
provides the Oscar K. Merritt
Scholarship Awards and arranges the Seminar/Tour
including bus transport, lodging, scheduling, tour
coordinators, and an awards dinner in
Each high school registers its
participation with the American Freedom
Association program coordinator. The school
then arranges and judges its own essay contest. The
winning student and a teacher/chaperone
participate in a seminar/tour of the United Nations
in New York and of Capital Hill in Washington. The
tour group often meets with government
officials and specialists from all over the world.
While on the tour, four
scholarship winners are announced and present
their papers at an awards dinner. All students
on the tour are invited, expenses
paid, to attend the annual Southeastern World Affairs
Institute in July.
Scholarship winners are invited to present their papers and
receive their scholarship awards at the Institute.
Scholarships are administered
by the American Freedom Association Treasurer and paid
directly to the winners.
The Oscar K. Merritt Scholarship High
School Issues Study Program Esaay topic for 2009-2010 was "How
should the United Nations effectively enforce the Law of the Sea
Treaty against nations that directly violate its provisions via
fishing, pollution, and piracy?"
The topic for the 2010-2011 Study Program is "How can the United Nations encourage nations to go "green"?
The essay finalists travel to New York and Washington in March with accompanying adults and
teachers. Please contact us for more information.