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Elie Wiesel Foundation Prize in Ethics

The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest challenges college students to analyze the urgent ethical issues confronting them in today’s complex world. Students are encouraged to write thought-provoking personal essays that raise questions, single out issues, and are rational arguments for ethical action. Five cash awards are made each year ranging from $500 to $5000.

Eligibility: Open to registered, undergraduate, full-time juniors and seniors at accredited four year colleges or universities in the United States during the fall semester.

Submission deadline: Interested students should work with a willing faculty member of their choice to develop their essays according to the theme and guidelines of the year beginning as soon as possible after that year’s guidelines are announced. Submission deadline is usually early December.

See the most recent guidelines (pdf)

UIS Faculty representative: None officially designated—see Submission Deadline above.  Contact Prestigious Scholarship Office for guidance.

 

Samuel Huntington Public Service Award

 The Huntington Public Service Award provides a $10,000 stipend for a graduating college senior to pursue one year of public service anywhere in the world. The award allows recipients to engage in a meaningful public service activity for one year before proceeding on to graduate school or a career.  Half of the award is given at the beginning of the project; and the remaining half upon receipt of a six-month progress report.

Applicants should develop a proposal encompassing any activity that furthers the public good. It can be undertaken by the applicant alone or by working through established charitable, religious, educational, governmental, or other public service organizations. Awards will be based on the quality of the proposal, academic record, and other personal achievements. Semi-finalists will be personally interviewed prior to selection of the award recipient(s).

Eligibility:  Open to college seniors graduating from a U.S. college or university.  U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens may apply.

Submission deadline:  January 18, 2014.  Contact Prestigious Scholarship Office for campus deadline and other information before applying.

Download application form:  application form (pdf)

UIS Faculty Representative:  None assigned.  Contact Prestigious Scholarship Office (217-206-7363) for guidance.

 

The David J. Prior COPLAC Award

This award is administered by the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges , of which UIS is a member.  It is given annually to two seniors at COPLAC institutions whose personal essays best express how their lives have been shaped by their liberal arts education.

Eligibility: Open to seniors at COPLAC institutions who will graduate in the calendar year in which the essay is submitted.  Each campus may submit only one essay.

Submission deadline: Late March.  Winners will be notified in early May.

UIS Faculty Representative:  None assigned.  Contact Prestigious Scholarship Office (217-206-7363) for guidance.