Paterno Fellows essay contest open to all undergraduate students

December 09, 2019

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Any Penn State undergraduate student interested in exploring and writing about ethical values and intercultural issues is encouraged to submit an essay for the seventh annual Collegiate Laws of Life Essay Contest, sponsored by the Paterno Fellows Program and the College of the Liberal Arts.

The contest is open to all full-time undergraduate students who are enrolled at any Penn State campus for the fall 2019 or spring 2020 semesters. Essays should be no longer than 800 words and will be judged on creativity, originality, and relevance.

Students interested in participating must each submit an essay answering the following question by Jan. 22, 2020:

What does it mean to live a life with honor(s)?

Winners will receive $500 for first place, $400 for second place, and $300 for third place. All winners will be acknowledged at the annual Paterno Fellows Recognition Ceremony on Feb. 12, 2020. Winning essays will be published on the Paterno Fellows Program News website.

Submissions should be uploaded online at If you have any questions, please email

  • Paterno Fellows Program Essay Contest

    In 800 words or less, please write an essay that answers the question, "What does it mean to live a life with honor(s)?"

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Last Updated December 18, 2019