Sponsored by the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
The College of Letters and Science is pleased to announce the Eleventh Annual Liberal Arts Scholarship Competition for Undergraduate Students, sponsored by the four colleges and Lifelong Learning and Community Engagement of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and the University of Wisconsin System Advisory Group on the Liberal Arts (SAGLA).
The purpose of this scholarship contest is to encourage students to think about the significance of the liberal arts. The winner of the competition will be the person who makes the best case for his or her views about the topic, no matter what they may be. The judges will consider the following qualities of the submissions: the originality of the ideas presented, the organizational structure of the essay, and the quality of the writing.
The value of a liberal arts education is often debated. Some people will argue, “We need an education that focuses on training for jobs that are currently in demand.” Others will claim, “An education is more than that. It provides the foundation for a meaningful life and career.” With these positions in mind, write a letter to the editor of your hometown paper that stakes out and defends your position in this debate. Your letter may mention several arguments, but should focus on one that is derived from your college experiences, both in the classroom and beyond.
Strong student essays will invite reader engagement through description and reflection on personal experience, as well as demonstrate careful consideration of the prompt. To learn more about the goals of a liberal education, you may wish to check the liberal education learning outcomes at http://www.aacu.org/leap/vision.cfm.
Some of these outcomes may help inform your understanding of the larger framework of liberal education.
Note: The winning essays will be submitted to the UW System scholarship contest, with the possibility of winning a $2,000 prize. More information on the UW System scholarship is available at the SAGLA web site.