From the Intercollegiate Studies Institute:
The purpose of the Culture of Enterprise Initiative is to explore in an interdisciplinary fashion the moral and cultural foundations of humane market systems. The program also sponsors book & article awards, and book & lecture series for older scholars, but this undergraduate essay contest asks students to respond to this question, "Can Character and Community Survive in an Age of Globalization?" As you can see, we challenge students to consider the proper balance between market forces and moral principles when examining the realities of our global economic order.
Here are the prizes for the top essayists:
1st Place - $10,000
2nd Place - $5,000
3rd Place - $2,000
4th Place - $1,500
5th Place - $1,000
Students can download the application form, which outlines the details for submitting essays, via this link http://www.cultureofenterprise.org/content/coe_essay_app.pdf
And students can learn more about the contest and read past winning essays by clicking here: http://www.cultureofenterprise.org/essay.html
The deadline for applicants is December 31, 2009, so students can finish their final exams, if they choose, and then turn to the essay contest. Of course, we welcome and encourage early applications as well.