Essay contest offers chance to win scholarship

October 1, 2015
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PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Each year, the University of Wisconsin System Advisory Group on the Liberal Arts sponsors an essay contest that is open to any UW System undergraduate student in good academic standing.

Essay submissions by University of Wisconsin-Platteville students for the 11th Annual Liberal Arts Essay Scholarship Competition will be considered for a $250 scholarship at the campus level. Three of the essays will then be forwarded to UW System for a chance to win a $2,000 scholarship.

This year's essay topic states, “The value of a liberal arts education is often debated. Some people will argue, ‘We need an education that focuses on training for jobs that are currently in demand.’ Others will claim, ‘An education is more than that. It provides the foundation for a meaningful life and career.’ With these positions in mind, write a letter to the editor of your hometown paper that stakes out and defends your position in this debate. Your letter may mention several arguments, but should focus on one that is derived from your college experiences, both in the classroom and beyond.”

All submissions must be original essays, 1,000-1,250 words in length, typed and double-spaced. Each essay must include a title page with the essay title, student name, major, institution, college and home address, email address, telephone number and the following statement: “I hereby affirm that this is an original essay and my own work.”

UW-Platteville students must submit their contest entries to the College of Liberal Arts and Education dean's office, 160 Gardner Hall, or by email to friesc@uwplatt.edu, on or before Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, to be eligible.

Final selection of winning essays will be determined by a group of judges from the UW System Advisory Group on the Liberal Arts. Recipients will be notified in spring 2016.

For more information on the Liberal Arts Essay Scholarship Competition, go to: http://liberaleducation.uwsa.edu/scholarship/index.htm.

Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191, hamerl@uwplatt.edu.

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