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College of Arts and Humanities

Liberal Arts Essay Contest


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:

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, please respond to the following Albert Einstein quote: “Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.”

Essay 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
Deadline:Submission to CWU committee:  11 April 2014 at You will receive a message letting you know that we received your essay and cover sheet.  If for some reason you do not receive a message, please contact to be sure we received your submission.

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

To be announced by 6 June 2014.

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: Central Washington University,

Essay Cover Sheet

Essay Contest Flyer