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Students invited to participate in undergraduate essay competition

RELEASED: Oct. 22, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Provost's Office has invited UW-Eau Claire students to participate in the 2009-10 undergraduate essay competition.

Finalists in the local competition will receive UW-Eau Claire Foundation scholarships, and their essays will be entered in the UW System's fifth annual Liberal Arts Essay Scholarship Competition, sponsored by the system's Advisory Group on the Liberal Arts.

The undergraduate essay competition is one element of a partnership operating at the state and national level, said Dr. Susan Turell, UW-Eau Claire's interim associate vice chancellor and dean of undergraduate studies. UW-Eau Claire participates in the UW System Advisory Group on the Liberal Arts, which in turn partners with the Association of American Colleges & Universities in the LEAP (Liberal Education and America's Promise) Campaign to promote understanding of the purpose and value of a liberal arts and science education, Turell said.

"UW-Eau Claire is strongly committed to providing an undergraduate education based in the liberal arts and sciences to students in all majors, across all four of our colleges," she said.

Each student selected as a finalist in UW-Eau Claire's local competition will receive a $500 scholarship from the UW-Eau Claire Foundation to use for educational expenses at UW-Eau Claire during the 2010-11 academic year. Local finalists' essays then will be entered into a pool of not more than 39 essays to be judged at the UW System level. The two UW System winners, to be chosen from among the UW System's two- and four-year institutions, each will receive a $2,000 scholarship and be recognized at a UW System ceremony.

The local competition is open to any UW-Eau Claire undergraduate student in good academic standing who will have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours by the end of this fall semester and who will be enrolled as a full-time student at least through the fall 2010 semester.

Students' original essays must be 1,000-1,250 words in length, typed double-spaced in a 12-point font and submitted as a Microsoft Word file. Essays for the UW-Eau Claire competition must be submitted via campus e-mail by Feb. 5, 2010, to sloanj@uwec.edu.

Essay topic information, additional submission guidelines and links to previous winning essays are available on the contest Web site.

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