Elie Wiesel Prize Ethics Essay Contest 2010

From the Foreward by Thomas L Friedman:

“Look at this book as if it were a 21st century survival manual, inspirational manual, and recruiting manual… An America, a world, led by a generation of ethical leaders? Now that’s an innovation I’d like to invest in. But then, Elie Wiesel has been doing that kind of investing his whole life — and the rewards are on the pages that follow.”

“…The Elie Wiesel Foundation, through its Prize in Ethics, has been recognizing and introducing to the world committed, creative, and innovative ethical leaders from our country’s colleges and universities. And such innovators in behavior have never been in greater demand. Our world is crying out for ethical leadership.”

Book Announcement:

The Elie Wiesel Foundation is excited to announce the publication of a book of winning essays from the span of the Prize in Ethics Essay Contest by Yale University Press in the fall of 2010. The book will include a preface written by Prof. Wiesel and an introduction by renowned author and New York Times Op-Ed contributor Thomas Friedman.

Elie Wiesel has said, “Whatever the answer to essential questions of society and individual human beings may be, education is surely its major component. But what would education be without its ethical dimension? Many of us believe them to be inseparable. That is why the Prize in Ethics Essay Contest was established in 1989 by our Foundation. Thousands of students from hundreds of colleges and universities across the nation have participated. Through their writing, they explore their concerns and beliefs, their fears and their hopes.”

The book will be comprised of winning essays from the 20 year history of the contest. The focus of the essays chosen was based on the students’ personal connection to their struggle with an ethical dilemma and emphasizes how ethical and moral questions impacted their decision making process.

We at the Foundation are very proud of our winners and of this book which will highlight their achievement.


  • First Prize – $ 5,000
  • Second Prize – $ 2,500
  • Third Prize – $ 1,500
  • Two Honorable Mentions – $ 500 Each


  • Registered undergraduate full-time Juniors or Seniors at accredited four-year colleges or universities in the United States during the Fall 2017 Semester.

2018 Essay Topic:

Articulate with clarity an ethical issue that you have encountered and analyze what it has taught you about ethics and yourself. Note that the most engaging essays often reflect deeply on a particularly meaningful experience or episode in one’s life. That approach could focus ethical reflection on:

  • A personal issue
    A family matter
    A travel incident
    An academic inquiry
    A dilemma in literature or film
    A recent article or editorial in a major newspaper
    A current conflict in American life
    An international crisis

Write about any specific topic you wish, provided it explores an ethical problem, question, issue, or concern.


For any technical support issues with your application please email: ewfprizehelp@ce.uoregon.edu

For examples of previous prize-winning essays, check out:

An Ethical Compass: Coming of Age in the 21st Century 

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