The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest

For 27 years, The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity is offering Ethics Essay Contest which challenges college juniors and seniors to analyze the urgent ethical issues confronting them in today’s complex world. By entering the contest, you will become part of a 28 year legacy of leading young thinkers and writers confronting the ethical dilemmas in their lives and the world. Total award amount is $10,000 that will be distributed among the winners.

The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity’s mission is to combat indifference, intolerance, and injustice through international dialogue and youth-focused programs that promote acceptance, understanding, and equality.


  • Registered undergraduate full-time juniors or seniors at accredited four-year colleges or universities in the United States during the fall 2016 Semester are eligible to apply
  • Students who are studying abroad in the fall 2016 semester, but are considered enrolled full-time in a four-year accredited college or university in the United States are eligible to apply. Check with your Registrar and obtain the appropriate documentation to verify your enrollment.

How to Apply:

  • The candidates must complete the scholarship application form and submit an essay on the following topic. 2017 Essay Topic is: Articulate with clarity an ethical issue that you have encountered and analyze what it has taught you about ethics and yourself
  • You can login through the given link, to be enter in essay contest:
  • The Foundation requires an official letter from your Registrar on your institution’s letterhead, or from the National Student Clearing House verifying your enrollment as a full-time undergraduate Junior or Senior in the fall of 2016. Please obtain this and upload as a PDF as part of your online submission.

Essay Guidelines:

  • In 3,000 to 4,000 words, you are encouraged to raise questions, single out issues and identify dilemmas.
  • Essays may be written in the formal or informal voice, but most importantly, an individual voice should be evident.
  • The essay should be developed from your point of view and may take the form of an analysis that is biographical, historical, literary, philosophical, psychological, sociological or theological.
  • The essay must be the original, unpublished work of one student. Only one essay per student per year may be submitted.
  • All essays must have a title. All essays must be written in English. Essay should be titled, typed in 12-point font easily readable font (such as Times New Roman), double-spaced with 1″ margins and numbered pages

Submitting Details:

  • Entries must be submitted online through a submission system.
  • Essays will be uploaded as a PDF (.pdf) (maximum file size 8 megabytes).
  • Enrollment verification will be uploaded as a PDF file.
  • The faculty sponsor’s name and contact information, including email, will be provided.

Financial Aid and Award Money:

Awards are as follows:

  • First Prize – $ 5,000
  • Second Prize – $ 2,500
  • Third Prize – $ 1,500
  • Two Honorable Mentions – $ 500 Each

Application Deadline:

The complete application packet must be reached on or before February 10, 2017, by 5 pm PST.

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