Please share with students: Liberal Arts Essay Scholarship Competition deadline is March 30

The UW-Green Bay Office of the Provost is pleased to announce the fourth annual Liberal Arts Essay Scholarship Competition. This undergraduate essay competition aims to promote understanding of the purpose and value of a liberal arts and science education. We invite eligible students from across campus to submit essays for the competition.

Selection Process and Awards: All essays will be judged by a group of UW-Green Bay faculty. Student essays selected as winners of the UW-Green Bay competition will receive an annual continuing scholarship of $1,000 for up to three years or completion of a baccalaureate degree (whichever comes first) to cover educational expenses at UW-Green Bay. Recipients will be notified in spring 2020.

Eligibility: This year’s competition is open to any UW-Green Bay undergraduate student in academic good standing who plans to enroll at least half time for at least one semester during the 2020-2021 academic year. One scholarship will be granted to a current first-year student, and one scholarship will be granted to a current sophomore, junior, or senior.

This Year’s Topic: What is the future of liberal education in the United States?  Will it survive the political challenges it faces from its critics?  Will it be able to adapt to rapidly changing technology?  Will it become so expensive as to become the exclusive domain of the elites in society?  Will it simply fade away?  What role will it play if it does survive?  Is it possible to imagine a vibrant and dynamic future for education in the United States?  What role do the liberal arts play in that future?

Strong student essays will invite reader engagement through description and reflection on personal experience, as well as demonstrate careful consideration of the prompt. To learn more about the goals of a liberal education, you may wish to check these liberal education learning outcomes.

Submissions: The submission deadline is March 30, 2020. Submissions must be sent electronically to the Provost’s Office c/o Clifton Ganyard at; all essays must be attached as a .pdf document. All submissions are to be original essays, 1,000-1,250 words in length, typed, double-spaced.

Each essay must include a title page with the following information:

  • title of essay
  • student’s name
  • current school standing (first-year, sophomore, junior or senior)
  • major (undecided is acceptable)
  • home address
  • e-mail address
  • telephone number

The title page must also include the following statement: “I hereby affirm that this is an original essay and my own work.”


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