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2015 Palazzo Strozzi High School Renaissance Award

Open to 11th Grade Students in Participating Schools in New York City, Los Angeles and Detroit. Essay Competition Information, Registration Form and Deadline to Submit Essays. Winners go to Italy for one Month of Renaissance Studies. Award Entry Form

All eleventh graders in selected schools listed below are invited to compete for the 2015 Palazzo Strozzi High School Renaissance Award. In this competition, participants are required to research and write a 1,000 word essay on the Renaissance, choosing one of three essay questions.

All students who wish to participate in the competition must first register.

This competition is organized in partnership with the New York City Department of Education, the Los Angeles Unified School District and Detroit Public Schools. The competition will be held in five N.Y.C. public high schools and two each in Los Angeles and Detroit. The schools are:


New York City:

• Brooklyn School for Global Studies
• CSI High School for International Studies, Staten Island
• DeWitt Clinton High School, Bronx
• Long Island City High School, Queens
• The Facing History School, Manhattan

Los Angeles:

• Ambassador School of Global Leadership
• Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual & Performing Arts


• Renaissance High School
• Western International High School

Essays will be due to be submitted to participating students' teachers on January 20th, 2015.

Each school’s faculty will submit 6 finalists’ essays to the Palazzo Strozzi Foundation’s Scientific Committee. The Committee will carefully review each essay and will personally interview each of the 54 finalists. Two Award winners will be selected from each school.

All finalists will receive a certificate acknowledging his/her participation in the competition and his/her finalist status. This distinction can be used to supplement the college application process. The 18 competition winners, along with three chaperone/teachers, will be awarded an all-expenses paid trip to Florence, Italy during the summer of 2015.

Student winners will take classes about the Renaissance at New York University’s Florentine campus. They will travel as a group within Florence and its environs as well as to Milan, Rome and Venice. During the trip students will receive teacher assistance while writing their common application essays. Upon the successful completion of the 4-week program, each student will receive a certificate. This award and the experience are expected to help secure admission and/or grants in the college application process and will be, on a personal basis, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

The Palazzo Strozzi, which represents one of the quintessential examples of Renaissance architecture in Florence, is today one the city’s most important cultural centers. Its Foundation will fund this award in its entirety.

The Palazzo Strozzi Foundation thanks all interested students and welcomes their participation.