2015-16 College Essay Winners

First and Second Year Students

Portrait 2016-17 WaCLA College Essay Contest Winner

First Place

Emily Sawan
University of Washington

What It's Like (PDF)

Portrait 2016-17 WaCLA College Essay Contest Winner

Second Place

Grace Kurtz
Seattle University

Homeland (PDF)

 


 

Third and Fourth Year Students

Portrait 2016-17 WaCLA College Essay Contest Winner

First Place

Sarah Huffman
Seattle University

Immigration Through a Multifaceted Lens (PDF)

Portrait 2016-17 WaCLA College Essay Contest Winner

Second Place

Lauren Moses
University of Washington

World, This Is How I See You Now (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:

  • Violet Boyer, President and CEO, Independent Colleges of Washington
  • Noel Frame, State Representative, 36th Legislative District
  • Kris Johnson, President, Association of Washington Business
  • Steve Mullin, Executive Director, Washington Roundtable

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

A liberal arts education is characterized by the idea that understanding many different ways of knowing can help students learn how to be effective and responsible members of their communities.  Choose a current controversial issue in your community and describe how you've come to understand that issue from different perspectives.

Michael Zimmerman
Vice President for Academic Affairs
The Evergreen State College

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