Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics - Essay Contest
Registered undergraduate full-time juniors or seniors at accredited four-year colleges or universities in the U.S. and Canada.
Suggested Essay Topics:
- Why are we here?
- How are we to meet our ethical obligations?
- Reflect on the mot profound, moral dilemma you have encountered and what it has taught you about ethics.
- What ethical issue concerns you most and what concrete proposals would you make to deal with it?
What The Readers Look For:
- Adherence to design format and carefully proofread essays
- Well thought out essays, which do not stray from the topic
- Depth of feeling and genuine grappling with a moral dilemma
- Originality and imagination
- Eloquence of writing style
- Intensity and unity in the essay
- Essays may be written in the formal or informal voice, but most importantly, an individual voice should be represented with the essay.
- In 3,000-4,000 words, students are encouraged to raise questions, single out issues and identify dilemmas.
- The essay may be developed from any point of view and may take the form of an analysis that is biographical, historical, literal, philosophical, psychological, sociological, or theological.
- Essays must be the original, unpublished work of the student and only one essay per student per contest year may be submitted.
- Essay should be in English, typed in 12-point fount, double-spaced with 1inch margins and the pages numbered.
- Submissions will be judged anonymously. Hence, no name or identifying references (ie. name,school, or professor) should appear on the title page or in the manuscript. Our office will put a code on your essay.
Submission of Materials:
- Please submit (3) copies of your essay (one copy paper-clipped and two stapled).
- In addition, be sure to enclose a completed Student Entry Form and Faculty Sponsor Form.
- Entries must be postmarked on or before December 1, 2003. No faxed or e-mailed entries will be accepted.
- Please note that due to the volume of entries, no materials will be critiqued or returned.
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Applications are available in the Financial Aid Office.
Two Honorable Mentions-$500 each