Abdelkader Global Leadership Prize
U.S. High School and College Students
Essay Contests – Scholarship Awards
Sign up now to enter. Essay Deadline: March 15, 2014
Who can participate? Students enrolled at U.S. high schools and colleges, including exchange students, are invited to enter the sixth annual essay contest.
Why participate? Broaden global perspectives by learning about the Middle East and Islamic culture through the legacy of Emir Abdelkader (1808-1883). Connecting cultures across centuries inspires learning about cultural literacy, civility, tolerance, and understanding while exploring models of ethical leadership, moral courage and humanitarian conduct.
Essay Scholarship Prizes
Iowa High School students (1st Place = $1,000; 2nd Place = $500)
U.S. High School students (1st Place = $1,000; 2nd Place = $500)
U.S. College students (1st Place = $1,500; 2nd Place = $1,000)
Why is Emir Abdelkader important today? His life story encourages building bridges of cultural understanding. Respected from Missouri to Moscow to Mecca, Abdelkader was an Arab Muslim hero from Algeria and known as a courageous humanitarian, scholar, statesman, and warrior. He was admired by President Lincoln, Queen Victoria, Pope Pius IX and countless Muslims and non-Muslims from many nationalities, religions, and social classes. In 1846, an Iowa settlement was named “Elkader”; in 1860, he saved thousands of Christians in Damascus; and upon his death in 1883, The New York Times eulogized, “The nobility of his character won him the admiration of the world…He was one of the few great men of the century.” Today, Emir Abdelkader is remembered as an esteemed humanitarian, ethical military leader, and religious scholar who respected people of all cultures and faiths.
Essay Contest Guidelines and Procedures
2) Examine Abdelkader’s life of struggle during peace, war, imprisonment, and exile.
3) Write a 1200-1500 word essay addressing all of the following points:
- Why does Emir Abdelkader’s story and legacy deserve remembering today?
- What is relevant for our global society? What is relevant for your own life?
- Reflect on Abdelkader’s education in regard to education today?
4) Essay entry must be a Microsoft Word or WordPad document, double spaced, Times New Roman/12 pt.
5) High school students must identify teacher/mentor for essay support and guidance.
6) Sign-up now to participate in the essay contest:
7) Essay Deadline: March 15, 2014. Send final essay as an email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org:
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