Announcing the Tenth Annual (2014-15) Liberal Arts Essay Scholarship Competition

Sponsored by the University of Wisconsin System Advisory Group on the Liberal Arts (SAGLA)

 

2014-15 APPLICATION MATERIALS

 

This Year’s Topic:

Students pursuing liberal educations learn to make connections across disciplines. At first it can seem difficult, however, to bridge the gap between the sciences and humanities, since these disciplines not only offer different content but also different modes of thinking.

Discuss a time in your college education when you have made connections between a humanities class and a science class that have resulted in unexpected and meaningful insights.  Feel free to go beyond your own experiences by discussing essays/commentaries on this topic by other writers or speakers you’ve encountered in college.

The deadline for submission of finalist essays from the institutions to SAGLA is February 13, 2015.  These are to be made electronically via e-mail attachment to dwaters@uwsa.edu. Final selection of winning essays will be determined by a group of judges from the UW System Advisory Group on the Liberal Arts (SAGLA).  Recipients will be notified in Spring 2015.

As part of the UW System’s partnership with the Association of American Colleges & Universities in the LEAP Campaign (Liberal Education and America’s Promise), this undergraduate essay competition aims to promote understanding of the purpose and value of a liberal arts and science education.


Recipients of the Liberal Arts Essay Scholarship Competition

Three undergraduate students from University of Wisconsin System institutions have been named recipients of the Ninth Annual UW System Liberal Arts Essay Scholarship Competition, established to support and promote liberal arts and science education throughout the state’s public university system. This year’s essay prompt invited students to reflect on their own education in the context of the William Cronon essay, “Only Connect,” about the qualities that distinguish a liberally educated person.

In announcing the recipients, UW System President Ray Cross said, “Thirty-one students from 13 UW institutions took up the challenge to write essays for this year’s competition, thoughtfully and creatively engaging with one of the seminal essays on the purpose and value of higher education. Every day I am in this position, I become more impressed with the quality of the students who attend our institutions and there is no greater testimony to that quality than this year’s winning essays.” 

The 2013-14 recipients were:

In addition, honorable mentions were awarded to essay-writers Leah Buttner of UW-Bararboo/Sauk County, and Jessica Faber of UW-Milwaukee.

Three undergraduate students from University of Wisconsin System campuses have been named recipients of the Eighth Annual UW System Liberal Arts Essay Scholarship Competition, established to support and promote liberal arts and science education throughout the state’s public university system. This year’s essay prompt focused on civic participation and invited students to reflect on how their liberal education has helped them process, develop informed opinions, and make decisions about what they see and hear in the political arena, as well as guide their participation as citizens.

The 2012-13 recipients were:

  • Derek Scyhvinck, UW-Rock County, Red and Blue Makes Purple: “How My Education got Me Through the Elections of 2012″
  • Laura Luo, UW-Madison, “Citizen in a Foreign Land”
  • Brian Young, UW-Stevens Point, “The Kindling of Free Thought”

In addition, honorable mentions were awarded to essay-writers Kaitlyn Matthaie of UW-Marathon County, and David Meyerson of UW-Madison.

Three undergraduate students from University of Wisconsin System campuses have been named recipients of the Seventh Annual UW System Liberal Arts Essay Scholarship Competition, established to support and promote liberal arts and science education throughout the state’s public university system. Students were invited to discuss extra-curricular experiences they have had in student organizations, study abroad, service learning, undergraduate research, student performances that helped them to understand and appreciate the value and purpose of liberal education.

The 2011-12 recipients were:

  • Jacquelyn Bonavia, UW-Madison, “Closing the Doors of our Classrooms, Opening our Minds to the World”
  • Mai Doua Yang, UW-Marathon County, “I Little Slave Had Enriched my Liberal Education”
  • Gregory T. Nelson, UW-Eau Claire, “Me, My Science and Society”

In addition, honorable mentions were awarded to essay-writers Sarah Holm of UW-Eau Claire, Jocelyn Meltesen of UW-Baraboo/Sauk County, and David Menees of UW-Milwaukee

Three undergraduate students from University of Wisconsin System campuses have been named recipients of the Sixth Annual UW System Liberal Arts Essay Scholarship Competition, established to support and promote liberal arts and science education throughout the state’s public university system. Students were invited to discuss how the habits of mind and the skills of a liberal education are relevant or advantageous to the challenges posed by the workplace.

This 2010-11 recipients were:

  • Megan Corby, UW-Milwaukee, for “I Chose Well.”
  • Amelia Mercado, UW-Milwaukee, for “No, seriously, what are you going to do with that degree?”
  • Leslie Spear, UW-Marathon County, for “Liberal Arts at the Home Improvement Center.”

In addition, honorable mentions were awarded to essay-writers Carleen Horner of UW-Green Bay, and Emma Svenson of UW-Madison. 

Three undergraduate students from University of Wisconsin System campuses have been named recipients of the Fifth Annual UW System Liberal Arts Essay Scholarship Competition, established to support and promote liberal arts and science education throughout the state’s public university system. Students were invited students to discuss the transformative nature of their educations by focusing on an experience that changed how they viewed themselves and the world.

The 2009-10 recipients were:

  • Colleen Jurkiewicz, UW-Milwaukee, for “Liberal Education: A Metamorphosis of the Soul”;
  • Adria Kaufman, UW-Marinette, for “With Which to Paint Our World.”
  • Evan Mast, UW-Madison, for “The Importance of Cartography.”

In addition, honorable mentions were awarded to essay writers Elena Bantle of UW-La Crosse; Nenad Jakovljevic of UW-Baraboo/Sauk County; Logan Middleton of UW-Marathon County; and Hope Schuhart of UW-Oshkosh.

Three undergraduate students from University of Wisconsin System campuses have been named recipients of the Fourth Annual UW System Liberal Arts Essay Scholarship Competition, established to support and promote liberal arts and science education throughout the state’s public university system. Students were invited to discuss ways that a liberal education prepares them to be more engaged and effective citizens at local, national, and global levels.

The 2008-09 recipients were:

In addition, honorable mentions were awarded to essay writers K Draeger of UW-Green Bay; and Stephanie Wisnet of UW-Milwaukee.

Three undergraduate students from University of Wisconsin System campuses have been named recipients of the Third Annual UW System Liberal Arts Essay Scholarship Competition, established to support and promote liberal arts and science education throughout the state’s public university system. Students were invited to imagine themselves as a graduating senior giving advice to a younger sibling on how best to navigate college in order to reap the benefits of a liberal education.

The 2007-08 recipients were:

  • Cheryl Davis, UW-Oshkosh, for “The Choices of Success”; and
  • Katie Jo Pockat, UW-Marinette, for “To My Dear Little Brother:  Everything You Must Know About Your Liberal Education.”
  • Vidhya Raju, UW-Madison, for “An Engineer’s Advice:  a Discussion about College and the Value of a Liberal Arts Education.”

In addition, honorable mentions were awarded to essay writers Madeleine Dungy of UW-Madison; Maria Lind of UW-Eau Claire; and Rose Steiner of UW-West Bend.

Two undergraduate students from University of Wisconsin System campuses have been named recipients of the Second Annual UW System Liberal Arts Essay Scholarship Competition, established to support and promote liberal arts and science education throughout the state’s public university system. Students were invited to write an essay demonstrating how their liberal education helped them to understand, contextualize and address a contemporary and significant issue or problem.

The 2006-07 recipients were:

  • Rebecca Ford, UW-Madison, for “Interrogating Rajasthan:  Poverty in the Developing World and the Liberal Arts”; and
  • Brian Reisinger, UW-Eau Claire, for “My Liberal Education: Repairing the Foundation of Journalism.”

In addition, honorable mentions were awarded to essay writers Matthew Brewer of UW-Eau Claire; Chelsea Craig of UW-La Crosse; and Rebecca Szucsof UW-Madison.

Three undergraduate students from University of Wisconsin System campuses have been named recipients of the First Annual UW System Liberal Arts Essay Scholarship Competition for writing outstanding essays on the value of a liberal arts education in the 21st century.

The 2005-06 recipients were:

  • Heather Damitz, UW-Sheboygan, for “Significant and Applicable Knowledge: Liberal Arts in the 21st Century”
  • Andrew Myszewski, UW-Madison, for “Empowering Citizens for the Twenty-First Century”; and
  • Jennifer Urbanek, UW-Milwaukee, for “The Liberal Arts: Preserving Humanity.”

In addition, honorable mentions were awarded to Dawn Freese of UW-Platteville; Jennifer Ernie of UW-Green Bay, and Laura Cummings of UW-Whitewater.