Summary: The Wheatley Institution’s purpose is to provide BYU students with the tools and understanding they need to defend their beliefs and strengthen society. To enter this contest, address one of the following questions by drawing on your personal and academic experiences and interests in a well-reasoned essay:
- Is there value in the natural gifts and qualities that men & women each uniquely bring to a family?
- What does the traditional family contribute to a flourishing society?
- Does higher education enhance or undermine religious faith?
- Is there an inevitable conflict between reason and my faith in God?
- Why is religious freedom the “first freedom” of our democracy?
- Is there necessarily a trade-off between liberty & equality?
- Does religious liberty conflict with other freedoms?
- How can I stand up for core values & principles without being close-minded?
- Is there a necessary trade-off between being an honest leader and being a productive leader?
- In the age of “doing what feels right,” are there moral absolutes? How can you tell?
1st place: $2,000
2nd place: $1,000
3rd place: $500
Guidelines: Essays are to be approximately 750 to 1,000 words. Please use a plain font with double spacing, and do not include photos or graphics. Students are encouraged to use the content found at wheatley.byu.edu to guide their argument. Submissions will not be judged on length; they will be judged on clarity of writing, quality of argument, effective persuasion, and relevance to the chosen question. Entries will not be returned. The Wheatley Institution reserves the right to publish the winning essays.
Entries should include a cover letter that lists:
- Author’s name
- Email address
- Phone number
- Estimated year of graduation from BYU with college or degree listed
- Title of essay and which question the essay addresses
Deadline: Essays must be received by Friday, October 6, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Finalists will be announced Friday, October 13, 2017. The winning submissions will be announced Thursday, October 19, 2017 at the start of the Wheatley Institution’s 10 Year Anniversary Celebration lecture with Sir Paul Coleridge at 7:30 p.m. in the Hinckley Center Assembly Hall.
Submission Details: Completed essays should be saved as a Word (.doc or .docx) document with the cover letter as the first page. Email the essay as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org before the deadline. Please include “Wheatley Essay Contest” and your name in the subject line.
Eligibility: The contest is open to current BYU undergraduate and graduate students only.
If you have any questions or concerns, email Spencer Yamada, the Wheatley Communications Specialist, at email@example.com.