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Supporting Liberal Education

The UW System supports liberal education through its essay competition, which encourages students to tell us how a liberal education has made an impact in their lives and studies.

More information on the Sixth Annual competition - going on right now - can be found on the UW System Liberal Arts Essay Competition webpage. It's open to any UW System undergraduate student with a current GPA of at least 3.4 who also meets specific enrollment criteria. Three winners will receive a $2,000 UW System scholarship.

Previous winners from UW-Madison include:

  • 2010, press release - Evan Mast, for his essay, "The Importance of Cartography."
  • 2009, press release - Gillian Stoddard Leatherberry, for her essay, "The Spaces Between: Liberal Arts and Citizenship."
  • 2008, press release - Vidhya Raju, a student in the College of Engineering, won one of the three scholarships for her essay, "An Engineer's Advice: a Discussion about College and the Value of a Liberal Arts Education." We also congratulate Madeleine Dungy, who earned an honorable mention.
  • 2007, press release - Rebecca Ford connected her experience studying abroad to liberal education in her winning essay, "Interrogating Rajasthan: Poverty in the Developing World and the Liberal Arts."