The Fund for Public Schools and the Union League Club of New York are pleased to invite applications for the "Civil War Draft Riots of 1863" essay contest. In order to commemorate its 150th anniversary, the Union League Club of New York established this essay contest to deepen students' knowledge of New York City's history and to allow students to explore how an atmosphere of political uncertainty, anger, inequalities, and ethnic conflict led to violence during the Civil War. The contest will award $2,000 to an outstanding public high school senior who writes the most compelling essay about this era in New York City history. Applications are due December 16, 2013. Click here for more information and to apply.