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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 Sixth Annual
Liberal Arts Essay Scholarship Competition

Three undergraduate students from University of Wisconsin System campuses have been named recipients of the Sixth 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 discuss how the habits of mind and the skills of a liberal education are relevant or advantageous to the challenges posed by the workplace.

This year's winners are:

  • Megan Corby, UW-Milwaukee, for “I Chose Well.”
  • Amelia Mercado, UW-Milwaukee, for “No, seriously, what are you going to do with that degree?"
  • Leslie Spear, UW-Marathon County, for “Liberal Arts at the Home Improvement Center.”

In addition, honorable mentions were awarded to essay-writers Carleen Horner of UW-Green Bay, and Emma Svenson of UW-Madison. 

In the words of UW System President Kevin P. Reilly, “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.  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, our scholarship recipients are truly exemplary.”

Sponsored by the UW System Advisory Group on the Liberal Arts, the annual Liberal Arts Scholarship Competition is privately funded and modeled after a similar competition at UW-Oshkosh. The competition is one of many activities of the UW System's LEAP Wisconsin 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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