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Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest

“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 dimensions? 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.”
—Elie Wiesel

Win up to $5,000! This annual essay contest encourages undergraduate juniors and seniors to write about whatever ethical issue concerns them, although suggested topics are provided. This year’s suggestions include:
- Articulate with clarity and ethical issue that you have encountered and analyze what it has taught you about ethics and yourself.
- Reflect on the relationship between religion and ethics in today’s world, making sure to draw on your own life as a guide.
- What does your own experience tell you about the relationship between politics and ethics and, in particular, what could be done to make politics more ethical?

Essay Format:
- Must be 3,000 to 4,000 words.
- Essays should be written in an individual voice (be it formal or informal).
- The essay should be developed from student’s point of view and may take the form of an analysis that is biographical, historical, literary, philosophical, psychological, sociological, or theological.
- Essay must be the original, unpublished work of one student. Only one essay per student per year may be submitted.
- Essay should be titled, typed in 12-point font in English, double-spaced with 1” margins and numbered pages.
- No name or identifying references should be included (i.e. your name, school, or professor).

Faculty Sponsor:
- Any interested professor at Calvin may act as a Faculty Sponsor.
- Students entering the contest are required to have a Faculty Sponsor review their essay and sign the Entry Form.
- Faculty members should only endorse thought-provoking, well-written essays that fall within the contest guidelines.

Submission of materials:
- Submit three copies of your essay: one copy paper-clipped and two copies stapled.
- Enclose a completed Entry Form (signed by both the student and the faculty sponsor).
- Include a letter on school stationary from the Registrar’s Office, verifying your eligibility.
- Entries must be postmarked on or before December 6, 2010. No faxed or emailed entries will be accepted.