Henri Pell Junod, Jr. Scholarship

Henri Pell Junod, Jr. Scholarship 2019

Mr. Henri Pell Junod Jr. funds three scholarships to be awarded to high school students who have participated in one or more of the Cleveland Council on World Affairs’ four high school Model United Nations simulations (Cleveland-Fall, Lorain-Winter, CLEIMUN19, or Cleveland-Spring) during the 2018-19 school year.  First place will be awarded a scholarship of $1,500, followed by two $1,000 scholarships for second and third place.


Students must submit an essay on the assigned topic (see below), along with a letter of recommendation from a teacher or advisor. The letter must be sent from the teacher or advisor to dmilan@ccwa.org. Essays must include a works cited page. At the top of the essay, please include the following information:

– Student name
– Student address
– Student phone
– Student email
– High school name
– 2018-2019 CCWA conference(s) attended
– 2018-2019 Country/countries represented and the committee(s)

Letters of recommendation should include information on the student’s level of involvement with Model UN, and the expected impact of the scholarship award, in addition to any other information the author believes is relevant.


Our world is currently witnessing the highest levels of human displacement on record as a result of conflict and persecution, which continually push individuals out of their native countries. The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) is the acting United Nations programme tasked with protecting refugees and stateless people. UNHCR emerged in the aftermath of WWII as a way to help Europe’s displaced peoples post-conflict and has been actively engaged in assisting the world’s stateless ever since. In a world where nearly 20 people are forcibly displaced every minute, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees has increasing importance.

In your essay, discuss the major causes of today’s refugee crisis and how the United Nations High Commission for Refugees should continue to support peoples that have been forcibly displaced. Please give an overview of conflicts and trends that are driving an increase in the number of displaced people around the world and then explain how the United Nations High Commission for Refugees should respond and react. Support your argument using relevant data, historical perspectives, and other facts.


Essays should be 4-5 pages in length with 1-inch margins.  Essays must be double-spaced and use 12 point Times New Roman font. Essays must also be free of grammatical and spelling errors.  Applicants are expected to utilize scholarly sources in their essays including books, journal articles, reputable news sources, and organization websites.  Please refrain from using Wikipedia, blogs, and other sources of questionable quality.

Essays should include:

  • An introduction with a clear thesis statement;
  • A clearly and thoroughly developed argument that is interesting and logical;
  • An organized structure that is easy to follow;
  • An argument that is supported by the use evidence and logic;
  • Counterarguments that are addressed and challenged;
  • Scholarly sources referenced and cited using the MLA format;
  • A clear and detailed Works Cited page using the MLA format.

The completed essay and recommendation letter are due by 12:00 NOON of Friday May 31, 2019. Essays should be emailed to dmilan@ccwa.org.  A confirmation email will be sent when CCWA Staff process your application.

Letters of recommendation must be emailed (from the author’s account) to dmilan@ccwa.org, subject line “Recommendation for Henri Pell Junod Jr. Essay Contest.”

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