GRC Social Impact Essay Competition

GRC Social Impact Essay Competition invites talented writers from around the world to showcase their intellectual prowess and creativity. This esteemed competition provides a platform for individuals to express their ideas on pressing global issues, contributing to meaningful discourse and innovation.
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GRC Social Impact Essay Competition

Competition Overview

Worldwide high school students and high school graduates who haven't yet enrolled in college.
$20 for individual submission
$40 for group submission
Entry fee
December 15, 2024
Submission deadline
Winners will be announced in January and winning essays will be published in February
Results Announcement

Competition Details

1. Prompts

Participants are invited to write an argumentative piece identifying an important problem that the world faces today and offer a solution. Topics are available below:

  • Technology for Good:With step changes in AI, automation, and telecommunications, technology has the potential to unlock prosperity. How can we harness its power for the social good?
  • Global Health: From nutrition to vaccination, how can we improve human quality of life across the globe and increase affordability of healthcare services? What strategies can be employed to promote preventative healthcare?
  • Sustainable Development & Climate Change: How can countries, companies, and / or communities balance economic growth, resource consumption, and wealth distribution?
  • Innovations in the Public Sector: The public sector often faces criticism for its slow and inefficient operations. How can policymakers enhance their decision-making processes and improve budget allocation?
  • Modern Solutions to Human Rights Issues:How to improve implementation of all three generations of human rights established by the United Nation at global, regional, and local levels?
  • The Role of Education in Promoting Gender Equality & Social Mobility: What policy changes and investments in education can be made to promote equality and social mobility?

2. GRC Affiliate Schools 

Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern University, University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), Columbia University, National University of Singapore (NUS), Johns Hopkins University, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Brown University, Cornell University, Rice University, University of Toronto (UofT), Duke University, Sciences Po (Institut d’études politiques de Paris), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Northeastern University, Washington University in St. Louis (WashU), Case Western Reserve University.

3. Timeline

  • Submission Open: September 1, 2024
  • Submission Deadline: December 15, 2024
  • Results announced: February 1, 2025

4. Prizes

  • The top 5 will be offered an internship with one of GRC’s university branches and will support a consulting team with a client project from February to May 2025.
  • Top 6-10 will receive an Ivy League mentor with at least 3 coaching sessions. 
  • The top 30 will have their essay published by the GRC think tank on our Insights platform, and all authors will receive a digital laureate certificate.
  • Top 31-50 will receive a digital finalist certificate. 

Submission Requirements

1. Word Count

Minimum 500, maximum 1,000 words (excluding titles, references, and footnotes).

2. Graphics

Up to 2 charts or infographics.

3. Author

Students can submit an essay as an individual or a group of up to 3 students.

4. References

Preferably Chicago citation style. References do not count towards the word limit.

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