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Liberal Education Initiative

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.

The Recipients of the Third Annual
Liberal Arts Essay Scholarship Competition

Three undergraduate students from University of Wisconsin System campuses have been named recipients of the third annual UW System Liberal Arts Essay Scholarship Competition, established to support and promote liberal arts and science education throughout the state's public university system. Students were invited to imagine themselves as a graduating senior giving advice to a younger sibling on how best to navigate college in order to reap the benefits of a liberal education.

This year's winners (with links to their essays) are:

  • Cheryl K. Davis, UW-Oshkosh, for “The Choices of Success”; and
  • Katie Jo Pockat, UW-Marinette, for “To My Dear Little Brother:  Everything You Must Know About Your Liberal Education."
  • Vidhya Raju, UW-Madison, for “An Engineer’s Advice:  a Discussion about College and the Value of a Liberal Arts Education.”

In addition, honorable mentions were awarded to essay writers Madeleine Dungy of UW-Madison; Maria Lind of UW-Eau Claire; and Rose Steiner of UW-West Bend.

“The UW System Liberal Arts Scholarship Competition highlights for all of us the outstanding students we are privileged to educate at each of our institutions,” said UW System President Kevin P. Reilly. “It also highlights the extent to which a liberal arts and science education provides students with the critical thinking, communication and problem-solving skills they need to succeed in the global knowledge economy of the 21st century. As their essays demonstrate, this year’s scholarship recipients are truly exemplary.”

Sponsored by the UW System Advisory Group on the Liberal Arts, the third annual Liberal Arts Scholarship Competition was privately funded and modeled after a similar competition at UW-Oshkosh. The competition is one of many activities of the UW System's Currency of the Liberal Arts and Sciences Initiative, which seeks to make the goals and outcomes of liberal arts education accessible and valuable to all UW students, regardless of major or degree program.

See Archive of Competition Winners


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