2020 Instructions and Guidelines for Essay Submission

Palazzostrozzi > 2020 Instructions and Guidelines for Essay Submission


2020 Instructions and Guidelines for Essay Submission

Essays must be submitted no later than February 26, 2020. Award decisions will be announced by mid-April 2020.

The Palazzo Strozzi Foundation USA is proud to announce its annual Renaissance Essay Award competition for the 2019-2020 academic school year. This competition is open to all 11th grade students attending one of the participating high schools. Participants are required to select from one of the three essay topics as outlined below and develop an essay of approximately 1000 words. All three essay topics are assigned both required readings and optional readings. The readings purpose is to help students research and compose an essay addressing one of the three essay topics. Completed essays will be submitted to the participating high schools appointed staff member. Please refer to the last page for information detailing the required formatting of submitted essays.

Essays must be submitted to your school representative no later than the following dates

Los Angeles

February 26, 2020

New York City

February 26, 2020


February 26, 2020

After submission to the appointed school staff, the essays will be reviewed and six finalists selected. These six finalists’ essays will then be reviewed and the Palazzo Strozzi Foundation USA’s Advisory Committee will conduct interviews with each of the finalists. Interviews will be conducted in person if the student attends one of the participating New York schools, or via Skype if the student attends one of the participating schools in Detroit and Los Angeles.

Award decisions will be announced by mid- April 2020.

Based on the caliber of the essay and personal interviews with the Advisory committee, two students from each school will be awarded a chaperoned, all-expenses-paid, one-month academic program based in Florence, Italy during the month of July 2020. Students will study the evolution of Renaissance art, architecture, literature, science, and politics during their time abroad. In addition to their studies in Florence, students will participate in educational travel to Milan, Rome, Venice, and surrounding regions of Florence.

Students will also receive guidance around the writing of their College Common Application essay. At the conclusion of the program each student will return home with a completed draft of a College Common Application essay. The purpose of this award program is to expose students to the Italian Renaissance, culture, and help strengthen their college applications.

Guidelines for Essay Submission

  • Type the essay papers on a computer.
  • Double-space the text of the essay, and use a Times New Roman 12 pt. font.
  • Set the margins of the document to 1 inch on all sides.
  • In the upper right-hand corner include a header that provides: last name, followed by a space with a page number; number all pages consecutively with Arabic numerals (2, 3, 4, etc.). Example:
  • Smith 2

  • In the upper left-hand corner of the first page, list: participant's full name, participant's school name, the title of the essay topic selected and the date. Example:
  • Participant's full name
  • Name of participant's high school
  • Title # and Title of the Essay
  • Date