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Liberal Arts Scholarship

Sponsored by the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

The College of Letters and Science is pleased to announce the Eleventh Annual Liberal Arts Scholarship Competition for Undergraduate Students, sponsored by the four colleges and Lifelong Learning and Community Engagement of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and the University of Wisconsin System Advisory Group on the Liberal Arts (SAGLA).

The purpose of this scholarship contest is to encourage students to think about the significance of the liberal arts. The winner of the competition will be the person who makes the best case for his or her views about the topic, no matter what they may be. The judges will consider the following qualities of the submissions: the originality of the ideas presented, the organizational structure of the essay, and the quality of the writing.

2015-16 Scholarship Essay Topic:

The value of a liberal arts education is often debated. Some people will argue, “We need an education that focuses on training for jobs that are currently in demand.”  Others will claim, “An education is more than that. It provides the foundation for a meaningful life and career.”  With these positions in mind, write a letter to the editor of your hometown paper that stakes out and defends your position in this debate.  Your letter may mention several arguments, but should focus on one that is derived from your college experiences, both in the classroom and beyond.

Strong student essays will invite reader engagement through description and reflection on personal experience, as well as demonstrate careful consideration of the prompt.  To learn more about the goals of a liberal education, you may wish to check the liberal education learning outcomes at

Some of these outcomes may help inform your understanding of the larger framework of liberal education.


  • Two local winners will each receive a $1,000 scholarship.  One will be chosen from College of Letters and Science student entries; the other will be chosen from the entries of students from the College of Business, College of Education and Human Services, College of Nursing, and Lifelong Learning and Community Engagement.
  • Recognition at the University's annual Honors and Awards Ceremony

Note: The winning essays will be submitted to the UW System scholarship contest, with the possibility of winning a $2,000 prize.  More information on the UW System scholarship is available at the SAGLA web site.


  • Undergraduate student
  • Minimum 60 credit hours of course work completed by the end of the Spring 2016 semester with at least one semester as a full-time student remaining in the 2016-2017 academic year
  • Current GPA of at least 3.4


  • All submissions are to be original essays, 1,000 -1,250 words in length, typed and double spaced.  Each essay must include a title page with the following information: title of essay, student’s name, ID number, major, institution, college, home and e-mail addresses, telephone number, and the following statement: “I hereby affirm that this is my own work, an original essay, and I agree that it will become the property of the UW System Board of Regents and that it can be reproduced in the public domain.”  The essay must be submitted electronically to Amanda Ziesemer,
  • One letter of reference that describes your performance as a student (submitted electronically to Amanda Ziesemer, )


  • All application materials must be sent electronically to Amanda Ziesemer,


  • January 20, 2016 


  • Faculty and instructional staff members from the four divisions in the College of Letters and Science and from the College of Business, the College of Education and Human Services, and/or the College of Nursing.


 Recipient of the 2014-15 Liberal Arts Scholarship


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