United Nations Day Contest

The Dorothy Schneider United Nations Day Essay Contest

Entry deadline: OCTOBER 24, 2021 - 11:59 p.m.

The United Nations Day Essay Contest was endowed by Dorothy Schneider, St. Louisan, Red Cross worker, college English instructor, and author of the U.N. resolution to create United Nations Day. The contest consists of two categories: one for undergraduate students, and one for graduate students. Only students at the University of Missouri-St. Louis are eligible to enter.

Entrants shall submit a two to three page written response to the prompt for their category.

First prize: $3000 scholarship

Second prize: $2000 scholarship

Entry links are at the bottom of the page.



Undergraduate essay prompt:

"The United Nations exists not as a static memorial to the aspirations of an earlier age but as a work in progress – imperfect as all human endeavours must be but capable of adaptation and improvement."

Kofi Annan, 2002

Considering the above quote, describe the future of the United Nations. How does the United Nations remain relevant in the 21st century?

Graduate essay prompt:

The United Nations is a global organization. How can a global organization such as the U.N. contribute to progress in our region?


Essays will be judged on the following:

  • Content
    • How well did you respond to your prompt?
    • Were your ideas explained clearly?
    • Was your essay engaging?
    • Well-written, has a nice flow.
  • Style
    • Free of significant spelling, grammatical, punctuation, and syntax errors.
    • Sources, when used, are cited properly.
    • Concise.


Please upload your essay in PDF or DOCX format using the appropriate entry form.

All essay submissions must include a cover page containing only the following information:

Essay title
UMSL student ID number

Do not include any identifying information on any pages of your entry.

Please upload your essay using the links below. You'll need to log in using your UMSL/UMSYSTEM credentials.