The Provost's Office

High School Essay Contest

Thank you for your interest in this contest.  The 2014-15 winners have been announced, and you can read their essays below.

The 2015-16 contest will be announced in Fall 2015!

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Congratulations to the following students who were selected by a panel of judges as the 2014-15 WaCLA High School Essay Contest winners:

First Place

Everett High School in
Everett, WA
Shelby Gordon

Second Place

Tyler Caseria (PDF)
Sehome High School in
Bellingham, WA
Tyler Caseria

Third Place

Charles Wright Academy in
Tacoma, WA
Eric Spear

The First Prize winner has earned a $3,000 scholarship to a Washington Consortium for the Liberal Arts (WaCLA) school, the Second Prize winner has earned a $2,000 scholarship to a WaCLA institution, and the Third Prize winner has earned 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 student essays responded, in no more than 500 words, to the following prompt:

In no more than 500 words, explain how a liberal arts education can illuminate an issue that's important to the people of Washington State.

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.