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The Washington Consortium for the Liberal Arts (WaCLA) ( advocates for the importance of a liberal arts education and believes that the voices of those who are benefiting from such an education are profoundly persuasive. In an effort to let those voices be heard, we invite undergraduate students at WaCLA institutions to participate in an essay contest.

Submissions must address the following prompt:

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.

Deadline for Submission to CWU committee: 11 April 2015 at

Essay Guidelines and Cover Sheet

Essay Contest Flyer

Eligibility:All undergraduate students currently enrolled at CWU. A campus committee will pre-screen entries and submit no more than 6 essays to the statewide competition: up to 3 from freshmen/sophomore category; 3 from junior/senior category.
Length:500 words maximum in 12 point font.
Format:Typed, double-spaced, with a centered title, in Microsoft word; cover page required; cover page can be found on the WaCLA website:

Submission to CWU committee: 11 April 2015 at You will receive a message letting you know that we received your essay. If for some reason you do not receive a message, please contact to be sure we received your essay submission.

Deadline for Submission to State Committee: 1 May 2015. Winners will receive instructions on how to submit their essays.


Each CWU student submitting an essay that goes on to the state level will  receive a $500 tuition waiver for next year;

State prizes are: 

  • $1,000 for 1st place; 
  • $750 for 2nd place in each category,

announced by 5 June 2015.

Release:Everyone submitting an entry must sign the release on the cover sheet permitting distribution of the essay, with attribution, as determined by WaCLA
Contact: Laila Abdalla ( or Roxanne Easley (

Essay Guidelines and Cover Sheet

Essay Contest Flyer




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