LEAP Wisconsin is an initiative of the University of Wisconsin System that seeks to increase understanding of the value and purpose of liberal education for UW students and Wisconsin citizens.
Announcing the Eighth Annual (2012-13)
Liberal Arts Essay Scholarship Competition
Sponsored by the University of Wisconsin System
Advisory Group on the Liberal Arts (SAGLA)
Download these guidelines as a pdf file.
View the winners for 2011-12
This Year’s Topic:
Over the past two years, we have seen a Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election and a presidential race that both generated a great deal of civic discourse. How has your liberal education helped you process, develop informed opinions, and make decisions about what you see and hear and guided your participation as a citizen? How has your liberal education helped you interact with people with whom you disagree on the events that have taken place?
Feel free to choose a single experience or an array of experiences, whichever best fits the development of your own liberal education. Your essay should create a clear picture of the experience(s) and should also make a clear connection between your experience(s) and your liberal education.
As you plan your essay, you may wish to check on the liberal education learning outcomes at http://www.aacu.org/leap/vision.cfm . Some of these outcomes could help inform your understanding of the larger framework of liberal education.
NOTE: All submissions are to be original essays, 1,000-1,250 words in length, typed, double-spaced. Each essay must include a title page with the following information: title of essay, student’s name, major, institution, college and home address, e-mail address, telephone number, and the following statement: “I hereby affirm that this is an original essay and my own work.”
This year’s competition is open to any UW System undergraduate student in academic good standing.
Three awards for $2,000 each are available (one to a student from the UW Colleges and two to students from the UW comprehensive and doctoral institutions).
The deadline for submission of finalist essays from the institutions to SAGLA is February 15, 2013. These are to be made electronically via e-mail attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Students must submit their essays to their Provost’s Office (or, for UW College students, to the campus representative) and should consult their campus process and deadlines prior to submission.
- ESSAYS SUBMITTED DIRECTLY TO THE UW SYSTEM WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR AN AWARD.
- Each UW institution will determine its own student essay submission and screening process, including the setting of institutional deadlines by which students will submit their essays to their Provost’s Office (or, for UW Colleges, to the campus representative).
- Each comprehensive and doctoral institution may submit no more than three (3) finalist essays; the UW Colleges may submit up to 13 essays (one per campus).
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 2013.
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.