Liberal Arts Essay Scholarship Competition

Three undergraduate students from University of Wisconsin System campuses have been named recipients of the Tenth Annual UW System Liberal Arts Essay Scholarship Competition, established to support and promote student learning and liberal education throughout the state’s public university system.  This year’s essay prompt invited students to discuss a time in their college educations when they made connections between a humanities class and a science class that resulted in unexpected and meaningful insights.

In announcing the recipients, UW System President Ray Cross said, “Twenty-five students from 11 UW institutions took up the challenge to write essays for this year’s competition, resulting in thoughtful and creative connection-making across the humanities and sciences.  The essays serve as timely – and inspiring – reminders of the quality of UW students and the critical role our institutions play in educating the citizenry of the future.”

The 2014-15 recipients are:

In addition, honorable mentions were awarded to essay-writers Meagan Kelly pdf of UW-Madison, and Erin Ross pdf  of UW-La Crosse.

Sponsored by the UW System Advisory Group on the Liberal Arts, the annual Liberal Arts Scholarship Competition is privately funded.  It is one of many activities of the UW System’s LEAP Wisconsin Initiative, which seeks to make the goals and outcomes of liberal arts education accessible and valuable to all UW students, regardless of major or degree program.

View the news release announcing the recipients.

The Washington Consortium for the Liberal Arts (WaCLA) is an association of Washington state public and private higher education institutions, organizations, and individuals promoting the value of a liberal arts education to the people and communities of the state.

Since forming in 2012, the Washington Consortium for the Liberal Arts (WaCLA), has undertaken several projects:

  • An employer-educator forum, co-sponsored with the Association of American Colleges and Universities, that brought together academic leaders, regional employers, and legislators for purposeful discussion about the kinds of college learning experiences that prepare students for work, leadership, life, and citizenship.
  • Annual high school and undergraduate student essay contests on the value of the liberal arts.
  • Media outreach, including several op-ed pieces that have been published throughout the state.

Thirty-five public and private colleges and universities and seven educational organizations and consortia are members of WaCLA. See a full list of members, download an overview (PDF), or contact wacla@evergreen.edu for membership information.

Learn more about the role of the liberal arts in American education, careers, and public life.

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