The Provost's Office

College Essay Contest

Thank you for your interest in this contest.  The 2014-15 winners have been announced, and you can read their essays below.

The 2015-16 contest will be announced in Fall 2015!


Congratulations to the following students who were selected by a panel of judges as the 2014-15 WaCLA College Essay Contest winners:

First and Second Year Students

First Place

Seattle University
Jillian Fields-Hirschler

Second Place

Bellevue College
Christopher Borth

Third and Fourth Year Students

First Place

Whitworth University
Rebecca Korf

Second Place

Central Washington University
Andrea Aswin

The winning essays were reviewed by three panels of judges.  A special thank you goes out to the panel of our finalist judges:

      Karen Fraser, State Senator
      Hans Zeiger, State Representative 

The essay contest was open to all undergraduate students currently enrolled in WaCLA member institutions.  Entrants were divided into two categories: students who have freshman or sophomore standing at their institution and those who have junior or senior standing. Awards were made in two categories: freshmen/sophomores and juniors/seniors. Two awards were made in each category: $1,000 for first place and $750 for second place.

The student essays responded to the following prompt, in 500 words or less:

A liberal arts education values ways of knowing that cross the humanities, the arts, and the social, natural, and physical sciences.  This multifaceted approach to knowledge inspires creative responses to important topics and pressing issues, both present and future.  Drawing on your experience with a specific topic or issue that you have explored either inside or outside of school, discuss the importance of the liberal arts as a means of engaging with the present and shaping our individual and collective future.

On behalf of WaCLA, thank you for participating!

Michael Zimmerman, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

The Evergreen State College


Mission Statement:

The Washington Consortium for the Liberal Arts (WaCLA) is an association of Washington state public and private higher education institutions, organizations and individuals promoting the value of a liberal arts education to the people and communities of the state.