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


January 2020:  Deadline for submissions to the 2019 contest


To challenge college students to analyze the urgent ethical issues confronting them in today’s complex world.  Students are encouraged to write thought-provoking personal essays that raise questions, single out issues and are rational arguments for ethical action.


First Prize: $5,000

Second Prize: $2,500

Third Prize: $1,500

Two Honorable Mentions: $500 each

Application Process

Find the 2019 essay prompt and submit entries on the Elie Wiesel Foundation website.

Official Site

Elie Wiesel Foundation