The Provost's Office

High School Essay Contest

We are pleased to announce the Third Annual Value of the Liberal Arts Essay Contest for High School Seniors.  All Washington State high school seniors enrolled during the 2015-16 academic year are eligible to enter.  The First Prize winner will receive a $3,000 scholarship to a Washington Consortium for the Liberal Arts (WaCLA) school, the Second Prize winner will receive a $2,000 scholarship to a WaCLA institution, and the Third Prize winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship to a WaCLA school.  Winners must be admitted to and matriculate in a WaCLA institution to receive their scholarship.  Participating institutions can be viewed on the WaCLA home page.

This contest is part of the Washington Consortium for the Liberal Arts outreach program designed to promote the power and value of the liberal arts.  Numerous colleges and universities, both public and private, two-year and four-year, all across the state of Washington have come together to create a cohesive, coherent voice.

The contest requires students to write an essay of no more than 500 words in response to the prompt below.  All entries must be submitted via: .

The student essays should respond, in no more than 500 words, to the following prompt:

Write an essay to your fellow high school students about why it's wise to pursue a liberal education.  Show how liberal education helps you understand an ethical issue that concerns you and your peers when you think about the future.

The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2016 at 5:00 pm PST.

Contest winners will be announced in mid-March.

Submission Guidelines:

Essays must be submitted via: .  Essays must be received at this site by Friday, January 15, 2016 at 5:00 pm PST.  No late entries will be accepted.  Essays cannot be more than 500 words.  Your submission must be double-spaced and entered as either a .pdf or Word document.  As part of the online submission of your essay, you will need to complete a waiver and provide some basic demographic information.

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.