Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain a quality of deeds.” — Elie Wiesel
A letter to students
from Elie Wiesel
Whatever the answer to essential questions of society and individual human beings may be, education is surely its major component. But what would education be without its ethical dimension? Many of us believe them to be inseparable. That is why this Prize in Ethics Essay Contest was established in 1989 by our Foundation. Thousands of students from hundreds of colleges and universities across the nation have participated. Through their writing, they explored their concerns and beliefs, their fears and their hopes.
While we suggest relevant topics each year, applicants are encouraged to choose any subject they feel strongly about, provided it is related to the domain of ethics.
The quality of the essays we have received over the years has been remarkable. It is with great difficulty that winners are chosen by a special committee of teachers and scholars.
We appeal to college students to send us their essays. We promise you they will not be ignored. In fact, we shall be proud to be your first readers. And perhaps your first critics and publishers.
We wish you good luck.
Prize in Ethics Video
The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Prize Contest, filmed at our 20th Anniversary Awards Celebration:
2019 marked the 30th Anniversary of our Prize in Ethics. We celebrated by welcoming our past winners to come together for the day at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in NYC to consider their essays and the ethics of our world today. Thank you to those to who contributed their memories to the following video and participated in the day.