Contest 2019

Contemplate

Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds.” — Elie Wiesel

Contest Guidelines

Awards:

  • First Prize – $ 5,000
  • Second Prize – $ 2,500
  • Third Prize – $ 1,500
  • Two Honorable Mentions – $ 500 Each

Eligibility:

  • Registered undergraduate full-time Juniors or Seniors at accredited four-year colleges or universities in the United States during the Fall 2018 Semester.

2019 Essay Topic:

Articulate with clarity an ethical issue that you have encountered and analyze what it has taught you about ethics and yourself. Note that the most engaging essays often reflect deeply on a particularly meaningful experience or episode in one’s life. That approach could focus ethical reflection on:

  • A personal issue
    A family matter
    A travel incident
    An academic inquiry
    A dilemma in literature or film
    A recent article or editorial in a major newspaper
    A current conflict in American life
    An international crisis

Write about any specific topic you wish, provided it explores an ethical problem, question, issue, or concern.

Essays will be judged on:

  • The quality of the writing
  • The clarity of the ethical problem or issue
  • The depth of the essay’s ethical analysis – including, for example, reflections on matters of right and wrong, justice and injustice, and the implications of those reflections for society

The 2019 Contest will open for submissions soon!

For any technical support issues with your application please email: ewfprizehelp@ce.uoregon.edu

For examples of previous prize-winning essays, check out:

An Ethical Compass: Coming of Age in the 21st Century