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.
Registered undergraduate full-time Juniors or Seniors at accredited four-year colleges or universities in the United States during the Fall 2019 Semester.
2020 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) A personal issue
B) A family matter
C) A travel incident
D) An academic inquiry
E) A dilemma in literature or film
F) A recent article or editorial in a major newspaper
G) A current conflict in American life
H) An international crisis
Write about any specific topic you wish, provided it explores an ethical problem, question, issue, or concern.