The Provost's Office

College Essay Contest 2013-14

Congratulations to the following students who were selected by a panel of judges as the 2013-14 WaCLA College Essay Contest winners:

First and Second Year Students

First Place

The Evergreen State College
Jesse Walker

Second Place

University of Washington
Shannon Foss

Third and Fourth Year Students

First Place

University of Washington
Dorris Hwang

Second Place

Whitworth University
Katherine Rahn

The winning essays were reviewed by three panels of judges.  A special thank you goes out to the panel of our finalist judges:

     Frank Blethen, Publisher and Chief Executive Officer, The Seattle Times
     Kristofer Johnson, President, Association of Washington Business
     Stephen Mullin, President, Washington Roundtable
     Hans Zeiger, State Representative 

The essay contest is open to all undergraduate students currently enrolled in WaCLA member institutions.  Entrants will be divided into two categories: students who have freshman or sophomore standing at their institution and those who have junior or senior standing.Awards will be made in two categories: freshmen/sophomores and juniors/seniors. Two awards will be made in each category: $1,000 for first place and $750 for second place.

The student essays responded to the following prompt:

In 2012, Washington STEM’s Sandi Everlove and Washington Consortium for the Liberal Arts Chair Michael Zimmerman stated in a Seattle Times OpEd:

"When an imaginary controversy is promoted between STEM disciplines and the liberal arts, all it does is divert our attention from focusing on the larger problems associated with the lack of public funding for higher education. Such false controversies make poor public policy."

With that conflict in mind, in no more than 500 words, please respond to the following adage: "Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted."

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.