Apply for the 10th Annual Luminari Award Today

Calling all teens, we have a fantastic opportunity for you!

Our annual Award competition is accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year. The Luminari Award is a merit-based scholarship competition for area students who are in grades 7 through 11. We will select one winner, who will be our Luminari Award Scholar and will receive a full scholarship valued at over $1,200 to participate in the prestigious 2022 I Want to be an Ambassador! camp to take place in Pittsburgh (June 14 – June 17) and Washington, D.C. (June 20 – June 23).

The I Want to be an Ambassador! camp is a unique and dynamic seven-day camp focusing on the vital art and skills of diplomacy. Through interactive and hands-on activities, field trips, dialogues with diplomats and business leaders, and simulations of international crises, you will learn the life skills crucial for successful interactions at school, at home and in your community. Camp includes a trip to Washington, D.C.—the very heart of where diplomacy happens. Past camps have taken students to the State Department, foreign embassies, and museums and monuments. Delicious ethnic food is always part of the experience.

All students may enter the award on their own by submitting their applications and essays directly to us – in an easy 1-2-3 process:

  1. Write, by hand, a one-page essay describing your interest in diplomacy and the ways in which you will benefit from the I Want to be an Ambassador! camp. Don’t forget to sign your essay. [DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION]
  2. Sign the application and have your parent or legal guardian sign it as well.
  3. Scan and return the completed essay and application to or mail to: Luminari, P.O. Box 81603, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15217 no later than January 30.

The deadline for submissions has been extended to January 30, 2022, and the winner will be announced in February 2022. So send your application to us today!

Good luck! We look forward to reading your essays, and we look forward to welcoming our Luminari Award Scholar to our exciting camp in June!


For further information about the program or the awards competition, please call 412.877.1888, e-mail or visit this link on our webpage: I Want to be an Ambassador!