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Center for Political and Economic Thought at Saint Vincent College is proud to
announce the Third Annual Douglas B. Rogers Essay Competition.
the memory of Doug Rogers, a young scholar of great promise who died tragically
in 2011, the competition is meant to encourage undergraduate students to join
the Center in discussing themes of Western Civilization such as individual
freedom, limited constitutional government, free market economics, and the
philosophical and moral foundations of America and the West.
year students are asked to address those themes in connection with the
following quotation from James
accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same
hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed,
or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.”
competition is open to all full-time undergraduate students currently
registered in any field of study at a college or university in the United
States or Canada. The Center will appoint a committee of judges to select the
winning essays. Prizes will not be awarded if, in the exclusive opinion of the
judges, submitted essays are of insufficient quality. Essays that are, in the
exclusive opinion of the judges, of publishable quality will, with the consent
of the author, be eligible for publication in the Center’s journal, Citizens and Statesmen: An Annual Review of
Political Theory and Public Life. The first place winner will receive
$2,000 and an invitation to attend an awards dinner and lecture by Dr. John
Larrivee of Mount St. Mary’s University to be held at Saint Vincent College in
Latrobe, Pennsylvania on March 11, 2015. Second and third place winners will
receive invitations to said awards dinner and $1,000 and $500 respectively.
Winners choosing to attend awards dinner will be responsible for their own
travel. Prior to the awarding of cash prizes, winners will be required to
verify their eligibility, and to attest to the fact that the winning essay is
wholly their own. Any amount of plagiarism will result in disqualification.
should be a minimum of 2,500 words. There is no maximum length. Submissions
should be sent in Microsoft Word format to firstname.lastname@example.org
by January 9, 2015. Winners will be notified in February.
year’s winning essays can be found here.