Writing Contest

The annual Academic Statement writing contest showcases thoughtful reflections about your liberal arts education. All undergraduates enrolled in the current academic year (summer through spring) can enter. 

Looking for help to write your best possible Academic Statement?

The Writing Center and its exceptional staff are a wonderful source of advice and support for crafting your Academic Statement. We recommend that you also consult with your faculty.  

Remember to give yourself ample time to reflect and revise. Start early!


  • First place: $1,500
  • Second place: $1,000
  • Third place: $500

Contest winners are announced during spring quarter.


Please look forward to the next contest announcement in November 2017.  

What We Look For

In no more than 750 words, tell about your undergraduate education. Every student’s intellectual journey is unique. Describe the highlights of yours and show readers how your education has changed you.

“First I asked myself questions like ‘Where am I going with my education?’ and ‘What does it feel like to be here (in school)?’ in order to jog my mind. The answers gave way to ideas which I jotted down and arranged later.”

Your ultimate approach is up to you, but here are some examples of approaches you might take:

  • Explain how the decisions you made—to take specific programs and courses, to do internships and individual learning contracts, to attend other colleges and then enroll here, to participate in extra-curricular activities—have enabled you to gain a liberal arts education.
  • Show how your education reflects your values and commitments.
  • Illustrate how you have pursued learning: developing critical capacities, sustaining wonder, cultivating moral character, garnering social capital, enacting a commitment to justice, serving your career, and so on.
  • Discuss your plans for the future: how your education thus far is foundational for what you are going to do next.
  • Explain how your education helped you to consider who you are and where you are going.
You have control over what you write and how you write it. Make your statement show how compelling your education has been, and do so in the best prose you can create.

About the Judges

The Mentor Council and other dedicated volunteers from Evergreen’s staff and faculty review all the entries and select the winners.


If you have any questions about the contest, please email us at contest@evergreen.edu