The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity has officially announced the beginning of the 27th annual Prize in Ethics Essay Contest.
The contest challenges any full-time junior or senior, in any major, to write a personal essay on ethics.
Students are to select an urgent ethical issue and develop a rational argument for action regarding it.
The deadline for the contest is Dec. 14.
All the entries will be evaluated by a panel of readers and the winners will then be decided by a jury, headed by Wiesel himself.
The winner will be announced in the spring of 2016.
According to the Wiesel Foundation, the first-place easy writer will receive a $5,000 scholarship award.
- Second place — $2,500 scholarship
- Third place — $1,500 scholarship
- Two honorable mention awards — $500 scholarships
“These contests give students a chance to apply their academic skill beyond the classroom setting,” Johnson University English Professor Ron Wheeler said. “Too often classroom exercises seem like just that: Exercises that don’t go anywhere.”
He said that this contest allows students a real opportunity to take what they’re learning and make a difference.