Friday, August 19, 2022

NIAF NCCA Christopher Columbus Essay Contest

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.

2021-2022 Topic

Christopher Columbus’s expeditions served as the catalyst for cultural exchange on a global scale. How did Columbus’s voyages shape western civilization during his time? What examples of Columbus’ contributions and the impact that it had on our society can we still see today?

Program Details

The contest is open to students in grades 9 through 12 in public, private, or parochial schools, or to those who are homeschooled. This contest is conducted without regard to race, religion, gender, or national origin.

For more information regarding the specific criteria of the essay, please visit this link.

All submissions must be sent in PDF or Word Document format via e-mail to

Deadline: February 15, 2022 11:59pm EST

Notification: June 15, 2022 5:00 pm EST

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