The Provost's Office

2014 Liberal Arts College Essay Contest

Open to all undergraduate students currently enrolled at WaCLA institutions

Submissions must address the following prompt:

In 2012, Washington STEM’s Sandi Everlove and Washington Consortium for the Liberal Arts Chair Michael Zimmerman stated in a Seattle Times OpEd:

"When an imaginary controversy is promoted between STEM disciplines and the liberal arts, all it does is divert our attention from focusing on the larger problems associated with the lack of public funding for higher education. Such false controversies make poor public policy."

With that conflict in mind, in no more than 500 words, please respond to the following adage: "Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted."


The essay contest is open to all undergraduate students currently enrolled in WaCLA member institutions. Entrants will be divided into two categories: students who have freshman or sophomore standing at their institution and those who have junior or senior standing.


Awards will be made in two categories: freshmen/sophomores and juniors/seniors. Two awards will be made in each category: $1,000 for first place and $750 for second place. Winners will be announced by June 6, 2014.  

Deadline and Submission Instructions:

Each WaCLA institution will set its own deadlines for the essay contest and will select three campus essays to be submitted to WaCLA for statewide adjudication.  For specific campus deadlines and information, please contact the campus representative.  Campus representatives can be found here 

You can read the winning essays from last year's contest here.


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.