2014-15 College Essay Winners

First and Second Year Students

Portrait 2016-17 WaCLA College Essay Contest Winner

First Place

Jillian Fields
Seattle University

Prison and the Liberal Arts (PDF)

Portrait 2016-17 WaCLA College Essay Contest Winner

Second Place

Christopher Borth
Bellevue College

A Plea for Compassionate Education (PDF)

 


 

Third and Fourth Year Students

Portrait 2016-17 WaCLA College Essay Contest Winner

First Place

Rebecca Korf
Whitworth University

The Difference Between Knowing and Understanding (PDF)

Portrait 2016-17 WaCLA College Essay Contest Winner

Second Place

Andrea Aswin
Central Washington University

Liberal Arts: Skills for Every Career (PDF)

 


 

Contest Details

The winning essays were reviewed by four panels of judges. A special thank you goes out to the panel of our finalist judges:

  • Karen Fraser, State Senator
  • Hans Zeiger, State Representative

The essay contest was open to all undergraduate students currently enrolled in WaCLA member institutions. Entrants were divided into two categories: students who have freshman or sophomore standing at their institution and those who have junior or senior standing. Awards were made in two categories: freshmen/sophomores and juniors/seniors. Two awards were made in each category: $1,000 for first place and $750 for second place.

The student essays responded to the following prompt, in 500 words or less:

A liberal arts education values ways of knowing that cross the humanities, the arts, and the social, natural, and physical sciences. This multifaceted approach to knowledge inspires creative responses to important topics and pressing issues, both present and future. Drawing on your experience with a specific topic or issue that you have explored either inside or outside of school, discuss the importance of the liberal arts as a means of engaging with the present and shaping our individual and collective future.

Michael Zimmerman
Vice President for Academic Affairs
The Evergreen State College

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