Indialogue Essay Contest House

The Benefits of a Free Market Economy

First Prize: $2,500
Second Prize: $2,000
Third Prize: $1,500
Honorable Mentions: $250

Open to full-time students 25 years and younger.

Contestants will choose from the following three topics:
What Causes Prosperity?
What is the Role of Ethical Behavior in a Free Market?
Can Free Markets Protect the Environment?

The deadlines for the 2008 essay contest will be announced this summer.

Official Rules and Submission Guidelines.

This contest is supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

For further details about The Association of Private Enterprise Education visit us on the web at www.apee.org or contact: J. R. Clark , APEE Secretary/Treasurer, Probasco Chair of Free Enterprise, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, 313 Fletcher Hall, Dept. 6106, 615 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37403-2598. Phone: 423-425-4118, FAX: 423-425-5218, e-mail: J-Clark@utc.edu .

2007 Winners:

Honorable Mentions ($250): Ojo Adekunle B. (United States International University, Nairobi, Kenya), Chris Kuiper (Dordt College), Vrinda Maheshwari (National Law School of India University), Abigail Martin (Wheaton College), Josef Mladek (University of Economics, Prague, Czech Republic), Ryan Musser (Houghton College), Joel Runyon (Bethel College), Joseph W. Siler (The George Washington University), Neville Tirimba (Masinde Muliro University of Agriculture and Technology, Kakamega, Kenya), Raluca Mihaela Ursu (Wesleyan College).

2006 Winners:

  • First Prize: Mats Ekman (University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom), “Freedom Works”

Honorable Mentions: Ian Townes (UNT), Michael Belinsky (Dartmouth College),
Andrew Balthrop (Georgia State University), Joe Peterson (Bob Jones University), Yao Xiaoxi (Tsinghua University), Carl Shulman (New York University), Erwin Dekker (London School of Economics), Paul Riley (College of the Holy Cross), Rachel Schwartz (University of Glasgow), Brendan Cooper (Carleton College).

Honorable Mentions: Lisa Abraham (Western Reserve Academy) and Nadine Abraham (Wellesley College), Angelica Rocha Guevara (University Francisco Marroquin), Nikki Macor (University of Adelaide), Kyle Ryan (Washington State University), Kathryn Sandstrom (Towson University), Joel Sawyer (Houghton College), Evangeline Wandag (Cagayan State University-Carig Campus).

Man’s wants … are not static … but progressive. Hardly has man got himself a shelter when he wants a house; hardly has he clothed himself when he wants adornment; hardly has he satisfied the need of his body when study, knowledge, art open to his desires a new endless vista.
— Frederic Bastiat, Economic Harmonies, page 45, 39-40.

We are no longer accepting applications. The winners will be announced March 26, 2018.

Should schools be able to keep tabs on students’ social media to prevent internet bullying? Should there be regulations that prohibit a president from tweeting? With our “We the Students” essay contest, you could win prizes just for sharing your thoughts on these issues!

Each year, We the Students gives 8-12th-grade students from across the U.S. a chance to share their perspective on a trending topic.

This year’s prompt: To what extent in the U.S. does the government–federal, state, and local–have the duty to monitor internet content?

We are awarding $20,000+ in scholarship and prizes to the students who submit the best essays on the topic.

  • 1st Place – $5,000 and a scholarship to our 2018 Constitutional Academy in Washington, D.C.
  • Runners Up – Six prizes at $1,250 each
  • Honorable Mentions – Eight prizes at $500 each

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