High School Essay Contest 2016-17

We are pleased to announce the Fourth Annual Value of the Liberal Arts Essay Contest for High School Seniors.  All Washington State high school seniors enrolled during the 2016-17 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 Member Institutions page.

In addition to the scholarships awarded directly by WaCLA, High School Essay Contest winners who choose to attend either St. Martin’s University (Lacey, WA) or Whitworth University (Spokane, WA), both WaCLA member institutions, will have their essay contest scholarships matched by their new school increasing the total scholarship awards to $6,000, $4,000, and $1,000 for first, second, and third prize respectively.

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: https://collab.evergreen.edu/hsessay/ .

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

A liberal arts education is characterized, in part, by the idea that understanding many different ways of knowing can help students become effective and responsible members of their communities.  Choose a current controversial issue in your community and explain how you think a liberal arts education would shape your understanding of that issue from different perspectives.

The deadline for submissions is January 13, 2017 at 5:00 pm PST.

Contest winners will be announced in mid-March.

Submission Guidelines:

Essays must be submitted via: https://collab.evergreen.edu/hsessay .  Essays must be received at this site by Friday, January 13, 2017 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

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.