Writing Contest

Enter your Academic Statement in the annual Academic Statement Writing Contest. This contest showcases thoughtful reflections about a liberal arts education. All undergraduates enrolled in the current academic year can enter.

Information Sessions

Find out more about the writing contest at an information session:

  • Wednesday, November 12, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm, Library 2205
  • Sunday, December 7, 3 pm - 4 pm, Library 2217 (Deans Area)
  • Monday, January 12, 3 pm - 4 pm, Library 3201A (Board Room)
  • Tuesday, January 13, 2 pm - 3 pm, and again, 5 pm - 6 pm at the Tacoma Program
  • Wednesday, January 14, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm, Library 3201A (Board Room)


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

Contest winners are announced each year during spring quarter.


The deadline has been updated to Friday, February 6, 2015 at 11:59 pm. No late entries will be accepted.

How to Enter

  1. You can go to the Academic Statement Writing Contest submission site and log in with your my.evergreen.edu username and password.
  2. Submit a waiver form and questionnaire about your work on the Academic Statement.
  3. Upload a copy of your Academic Statement in PDF or Word format. Entries must be 750 words or less, double-spaced and paginated.

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 the staff and faculty of the college review all the entries and select the winners.


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