Paterno Fellows Essay Competition Open to All Undergraduates


UNIVERSITY PARK, PA – Any Penn State undergraduate student interested in exploring and writing about ethical values ​​and cross-cultural issues are encouraged to submit an essay for the ninth annual Collegiate Laws of Life Essay Competition, sponsored by the program. Paterno Fellows and the College of the Liberal Arts.

The competition is open to all full-time undergraduate students who are enrolled at any Penn State campus for the Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 semesters. Essays should not exceed 800 words and will be judged on their originality, relevance and creativity.

Students interested in participating must each submit an essay responding to the following prompt by January 19, 2022:

“University education is today under attack from all sides. Increasingly, its supporters are responding by justifying it primarily in economic terms – for the value it has in improving a student’s career advancement prospects and earning potential. This raises the question of whether a university education can or should provide non-economic value to its students and what that value is.

“In your essay, think about the value of a university education that is not so easy to quantify, and how that education is valuable not only to you, but to the community, society, or the world. in general.”

Winners will receive $ 500 for first place, $ 400 for second place and $ 300 for third place. The winning essays will be published on the Paterno Fellows program news website. Questions can be sent to [email protected]

Paterno Fellows are challenged to achieve the highest levels of academic achievement and to distinguish themselves in areas traditionally associated with the liberal arts: ethics, service and leadership; excellence in communication; and intercultural awareness. The rigorous challenges of the program come with significant rewards. Fellows receive financial support to participate in rewarding experiences outside the classroom such as internships, study abroad, and research. The program is one of the only pathways to college for students not initially admitted as honors students to demonstrate their potential and gain entry to Schreyer Honors College.


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