Read the winning essays for 2015!

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2015 Mary Thomas Prappas Ethics Essay Contest Winners!

Prominent members of the Iowa business community read and evaluated the essays from among a pool of 10 finalists to determine the top three winners. Thanks to the generosity of Mary Thomas Prappas and Dempsey Prappas, first-, second-, and third-place winners received $3,000, $2,000, and $1,000, respectively.

1st Place: Molly Monroe
2nd Place: Victoria Vaughn
3rd Place: Rachael Eisenreich

Molly Monroe is a sophomore marketing major from Davenport, Iowa. She is a member of Women in Business, Tippie International Buddies, and Beta Gamma Sigma.  Molly works for the Iowa Voyagers program at the University of Iowa Alumni Association. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

Victoria Vaughn is a senior double majoring in Marketing and Journalism. An Iowa City native, Vaughn spends her free time catching up with old friends, reading, acting at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts, and walking local trails. She currently serves as a student reporter for the School of Journalism, writes for the Daily Iowan, is a contributor for Her Campus, and was recently named the Editor in Chief for Verge Campus (UI Chapter). 

Rachael Eisenreich, a sophomore from Eden Prairie, Minnesota, is majoring in Finance. Within the Tippie College of Business, she is a member of the Business Student Ambassadors Organization and the Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity. Rachael also works as a part-time student worker for the Tippie MBA program. She hopes to work in the financial sports industry after graduation. Outside of classes she enjoys figure skating, listening to country music, and following the Green Bay Packers.

The finalists also included: Tyler Fridrich, Miranda Granchi, Eric Hale, Connor Hargett, Eric Welter, Georgia Wright, and Ricardo Zamudio. Congratulations to these finalists selected for their outstanding essays from over 1,000 contest entrants.

Questions regarding the contest should be e-mailed to Frank Center director Pamela Bourjaily (