Essays will be read anonymously and scored using a detailed grading rubric. Essays will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
• Quality of research
• Style and mechanics
The essays with the top five scores will be selected as finalists. The grand prize winner will be selected from the top five essays by the Honorable Melanne Verveer, Executive Director of the Georgetown University Institute for Women, Peace and Security and former Inaugural United States Ambassador on Global Women’s Issues.