The Provost's Office

College Essay Contest - 2012-13

Congratulations to the following students who were selected by a panel of judges as the 2013 WaCLA Essay Contest winners:

First Place -                                                           Second Place -

Rebecca Korf, Whitworth University                      Eleanor Lutz, University of Washington

Rebecca Korf                       Eleanor Lutz

Honorable Mention - Stephen Van Etten, Trinity Lutheran College

The 1st place winner will receive $1,000, the 2nd place winner will receive $750.  All students currently enrolled in institutions of higher education that are paying members of WaCLA are eligible to participate.

The student essays responded to the following prompt:

WaCLA  seeks to advocate for the importance of a liberal arts education and believes that the voices of those who are benefiting from such an education are profoundly persuasive.  In an effort to understand the diverse ways that a liberal arts background has effectively prepared our citizens, we invite you to participate in an essay contest.  Essays submitted should:

  1. Describe a specific incident in which your liberal arts education has been valuable to you.
  2. Connect this incident with one or two larger truths about being liberally educated.
  3. Demonstrate writing techniques consistent with a successful liberal arts education.

On behalf of WaCLA, thank you for participating!

Michael Zimmerman, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

The Evergreen State College



Mission Statement:

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.