Winners of our first essay competition
And the winners are…
1st Prize ($1,000): Michael DiPietro
Michael is currently a freshman at Mercer pursuing majors in both Finance and Accounting as well as a minor in Computer Science. He comes to Mercer from Mooresville, North Carolina. His plans after graduation include becoming an entrepreneur and an accredited investor.
2nd Prize ($500): Will Nash
Will Nash is a freshman pursuing a Kinesiology major on the Physical Therapy track. He plans to go Physical Therapy school after his undergraduate studies. He is originally from Warner Robins, Georgia.
Read his essay: Personal Flourishing Leads to National Economic Prosperity
Here is our winner receiving his diploma (also in the picture Drs. Antonio Saravia and Tammy Crutchfield)
Individual liberty, self-interest, and limited government are key elements for personal flourishing. And personal flourishing is a necessary condition for economic prosperity. This essay contest invites reflections on these topics. Some prompt questions include:
- What are the mechanisms through which individual liberty, self-interest, and limited government lead to personal flourishing?
- How does personal flourishing affect social prosperity?
- What are the main threats to these three elements in current times? And what are the economic or philosophical arguments to best respond to such threats?
- The essay contest is open only to freshman students at Mercer University.
- Essays should verse on the role of individual liberty, self-interest and/or limited government.
- Essays must be submitted electronically (firstname.lastname@example.org) by NOVEMBER 15, 2021. They must include name, e-mail address, and student ID.
- Essays must be written in English only, and must be between 1,500 and 2,000 words. Spelling or grammatical errors will affect the quality of the essay.
- Essays will be judged based on their argumentation, originality and clarity. Mercer’s honor code applies. Plagiarized essays will be withdrawn from the competition.
- Essays will be evaluated by a committee of faculty members from the School of Business. Judges’ decisions will be final.
- There will be prizes for the best two essays. First place will get $1,000 and second place $500.
- All participants will be notified of the results via email by November 30, 2021.