Read the winning essays for 2015!

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Announcing the 2016 Mary Thomas Prappas Ethics Essay Contest!

Prominent members of the Iowa business community will read and evaluate the essays from among the pool of finalists to determine the top three winners. Thanks to the generosity of Mary Thomas Prappas and the legacy leadership of her late husband, Dempsey Prappas, first-, second-, and third-place winners will receive $3,000, $2,000, and $1,000, respectively.

View the 2016 essay prompt and scenario. The deadline to enter is May 2, 2016.

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