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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 Seventh Annual
Liberal Arts Essay Scholarship Competition

Three undergraduate students from University of Wisconsin System campuses have been named recipients of the Seventh 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 extra-curricular experiences they have had—in student organizations, study abroad, service learning, undergraduate research, student performances—that helped them to understand and appreciate the value and purpose of liberal education. View the news release announcing the winners.

The 2011-12 winners were:

  • Jacquelyn Bonavia, UW-Madison, “Closing the Doors of our Classrooms, Opening our Minds to the World”
  • Mai Doua Yang, UW-Marathon County, “I Little Slave Had Enriched my Liberal Education”
  • Gregory T. Nelson, UW-Eau Claire, “Me, My Science and Society”

Links to their essays will be online soon.

In addition, honorable mentions were awarded to essay-writers Sarah Holm of UW-Eau Claire, Jocelyn Meltesen of UW-Baraboo/Sauk County, and David Menees of UW-Milwaukee

In the words of UW System President Kevin P. Reilly, "Students from 13 UW institutions took up the challenge to write essays for this year’s competition, and the results highlight for all of us the creative and insightful students we are privileged to have at each of our institutions. The winning essays compellingly make the case for the holistic, engaged, and practical liberal education we seek to provide students in the UW System.”

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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