Greenfield Peace Writing Scholarship

In its tenth consecutive year in 2018, the Greenfield Peace Writing Scholarship is an opportunity to hear from young Oregonians on some of the most pressing issues of our time. We sponsor this annual writing scholarship in order to encourage Oregon’s youth to consider their leadership role in promoting a more healthy, just, and peaceful world.

duck_and_cover_brooklyn_1950s.jpgThe 2018 question for Oregon 11th and 12th grade students was:

"What would it take to eliminate nuclear weapons in your lifetime?"

Over 200 students from around the state submitted essays, narratives, and poems of under six-hundred words. Our distinguished panel of judges are busy reading and evaluating the entries- follow the Awards Ceremony facebook event for updates on our judges and the announcement of winners! 

1st Place: $1,000
2nd Place: $750
3rd Place: $500

Awards will be presented April 28th, 2018, in Portland. RSVP here!
The awards ceremony will feature poet Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner as keynote speaker. 

See where this years' entries came from: 


Entries must be received by midnight on March 5th, 2018. (the deadline has passed)

While online entry is preferred, you can also print this form and mail in a paper copy.

Get started with a few resources: 

Documents, readings, and poems

UN Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons: July 7, 2017
Status of World Nuclear Forces - Federation of American Scientists
A Brief History of Nuclear Weapons States - The Asia Society
Poems by Kathy Jenil-Kijiner, our keynote speaker: "History Project," "Monster," and "Islands Dropped from a Basket"


International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, especially their Nuclear Weapons Timeline
Nobel Prize information on Nuclear Weapons
Learn about Nuclear Weapons (Swedish Physicians against Nuclear Weapons)
Union of Concerned Scientists- Nuclear Weapons  
Alliance for Nuclear Accountability
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
The Ploughshares Fund
Reaching Critical Will (WILPF)


Download the scholarship flier as jpeg or as a pdf help us spread the word.

View the Greenfield Peace Writing Scholarship archives to read entries from previous years.