Students can now apply for the Kenan Moral Purpose Award, an annual essay contest to highlight the role a liberal arts education plays in students’ exploration of their personal and social purposes.
The contest, held in partnership between the Kenan Institute for Ethics and Parr Center for Ethics at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is open to all currently enrolled undergraduate students at Duke and UNC. One winner is selected from each school to receive $1,000 based on entries that consider the intellectual, emotional, and moral commitments that make for a full life.
To enter, students should write an essay between 500 and 800 words to address either or both of these 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?
Students must submit their essay by March 22nd at noon by emailing a PDF document to
For additional information and past winners, visit the award website.
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