The Kenan Moral Purpose Award is given for the best undergraduate student essay on the role a liberal arts education plays in students’ exploration of the personal and social purposes by which to orient their future and the intellectual, emotional, and moral commitments that make for a full life. The award extends to include students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, thanks to a partnership with the Parr Center for Ethics. One winner from each school receives $1,000. This contest is open to all currently enrolled undergraduate students at either Duke or UNC.
Essays of between 500-800 words should address either or both of the following questions:
- In what ways have your core beliefs and larger aims been tested, transformed, or confirmed during your time in college?
- How have you had to defend or challenge prevailing ideas, social norms or institutions and what lessons have you learned from doing so?
The deadline for the 2013 competition is April 26, 2013.
Contact Rachel Revelle (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.