Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics
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The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity sponsors an annual essay contest for full-time undergraduate juniors and seniors. Students are challenged to examine and analyze urgent ethical issues confronting them in today's complex world. Students are encouraged to write thought-provoking personal essays of 3,000-4,000 words that raise questions, single out issues and are rational arguments for ethical action.
First prize = $10,000, second = $5,000, third = $3,000, two honorable mentions = $1,000.
EligibilityFull-time juniors and seniors at accredited college or university in U.S.
- Clear articulation and genuine grappling with an ethical dilemma
- Adherence to guidelines and carefully proofread essays
- Observation of rules for Standard English usage (grammar, punctuation, mechanics) in writing
- Thoroughly thought-out, tightly focused essays
- Originality and imagination
- Eloquence of writing style
- Intensity and unity in the essay
Students must apply and submit essays online, and receive online verification from their Faculty Sponsor. Any professor may act as a Faculty Sponsor and endorse the quality and authenticity of the student’s essay. Also, students must upload a letter from the Registrar verifying enrollment.