Announcing the Eleventh Annual (2015-16) Liberal Arts Essay Scholarship Competition

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

 

2015-16 Application Materials

 

This Year’s Topic:

The value of a liberal arts education is often debated.  Some people will argue, “We need an education that focuses on training for jobs that are currently in demand.”  Others will claim, “An education is more than that. It provides the foundation for a meaningful life and career.”  With these positions in mind, write a letter to the editor of your hometown paper that stakes out and defends your position in this debate.  Your letter may mention several arguments, but should focus on one that is derived from your college experiences, both in the classroom and beyond.

The deadline for submission of finalist essays from the institutions to SAGLA is February 13, 2016.  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 2016.

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 campuses have been named recipients of the Tenth Annual UW System Liberal Arts Essay Scholarship Competition, established to support and promote student learning and liberal education throughout the state’s public university system.  This year’s essay prompt invited students to discuss a time in their college educations when they made connections between a humanities class and a science class that resulted in unexpected and meaningful insights.

In announcing the recipients, UW System President Ray Cross said, “Twenty-five students from 11 UW institutions took up the challenge to write essays for this year’s competition, resulting in thoughtful and creative connection-making across the humanities and sciences.  The essays serve as timely – and inspiring – reminders of the quality of UW students and the critical role our institutions play in educating the citizenry of the future.”

The 2014-15 winners are:

In addition, honorable mentions were awarded to essay-writers Meagan Kelly of UW-Madison, and Erin Ross  of UW-La Crosse.

Sponsored by the UW System Advisory Group on the Liberal Arts, the annual Liberal Arts Scholarship Competition is privately funded.  It is one of many activities of the UW System’s LEAP Wisconsin Initiative, which seeks to make the goals and outcomes of liberal arts education accessible and valuable to all UW students, regardless of major or degree program.

View the news release announcing the winners.

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.

 

For information regarding previous years winners, please contact Diane Waters at dwaters@uwsa.edu.