Contest 2022


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

Contest Guidelines

The 2022 Contest deadline is January 18, 2022 by 5 pm PST. UPDATE: Our deadline has been extended and will now close on February 25, 2022 at 5 pm PST!

Full guidelines can be found HERE


  • First Prize – $ 10,000
  • Second Prize – $ 5,000
  • Third Prize – $ 3,000
  • Two Honorable Mentions – $ 1,000 Each


  • Registered undergraduate full-time Juniors or Seniors at accredited four-year colleges or universities in the United States during the Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 Semester.

2022 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.

The 2022 Contest is open!


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

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