Opus Prize

 To whom would YOU give $1 Million?

Be one of six Gonzaga students to visit sites somewhere in the world in March or May 2014 to help assess the humanitarian work being done by a social entrepreneur eligible for the $1,000,000 Opus Prize. Two runners-up each receive $100,000. Last year for example, Fr. Rick Frechette won the prize for his work with the St. Luke Foundation in Haiti: check it out here

The award ceremony and educational activities around the Prize take place at Gonzaga in October, 2014. Orientation and travel are funded jointly by the Opus Foundation and Gonzaga University.

One of six rewarders

To apply, students are required to:

  • Go to Study Abroad application form, address the required fields, and submit the application to Gonzaga University by October 25th, 2013.
  • Requested information will include a letter of recommendation, resume or relevant list of activities/service, and answers to the following essay topic and questions:
    1. There is a quote by the former Superior General of the Jesuits, Pedro Arrupe, that reads, in part, "What you are in love with and what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, whom you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude."

      In a 300-500 word essay, tell us what breaks your heart and amazes you with joy and gratitude. Given this perspective, what motivates you to apply for this vetting trip? What unique viewpoint can you contribute to the decision, and how do you believe this experience will contribute to your intellectual growth and academic experiences at GU?

    2. Click on the link above profiling the St. Luke foundation in Haiti, peruse the site, and view the video journal. Then, address your ability and willingness to deal with the potentially difficult emotional and physical experiences you may encounter during a site visit. (100-200 words) To help expedite the process, you may cut and paste your essay responses from a Word document.

  • When requesting a letter of recommendation, provide the recommender with the application link and ask her/him to describe experiences they have had with you that demonstrate your sincerity, strength of motivation, maturity, and ability to cope with adversity.

  • The student selection committee will also consider your major/GPA, and Student Life conduct status. To be eligible, students are required to be registered this year and expected to be registered next year as well.

The Opus Prize is given annually

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