Essay Contest Offers $1,000 Scholarship

March 11, 2014

MISSOULA – University of Montana students in their junior year who have a passion for liberal arts education are invited to submit an essay in the Phi Beta Kappa Association of Western Montana Essay Contest. The winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship for the next academic year. 

Essays should be two to three pages and address the value of freedom of inquiry and liberty of thought in modern education. Entries must also include a completed application, which can be downloaded at

Contestants must have a declared major within the College of Humanities and Sciences, have a minimum GPA of 3.75, have attained junior standing (minimum 60 credits) and have fulfilled all of their general education requirements before applying.

Applications are due to the Davidson Honors College by noon Friday, March 28. Winners will be decided by Monday, April 14, in anticipation of a formal announcement at the PBK Association of Western Montana banquet on May 1.

For more information email UM English Professor Ashby Kinch at





Contact: Karin Schalm, program coordinator, UM Creative Writing Program, 406-243-5267,