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Mary Thomas Prappas Ethics Essay Contest

2014 Contest Finalists

We are pleased to announce the 10 finalists of the Mary Thomas Prappas Business Ethics Essay Competition, funded through a generous contribution from business alumna Mary Thomas Prappas. From more than 1,000 ethics essays, these finalists were selected to proceed to the final phase of judging in which prominent members of the Iowa business community will read and evaluate the essays to determine the top three winners. The 10 finalists for the 2014 contests are: Zach Desmond, Hayley Driscoll, Rachel Fuller, Katherine Hauck, Kristofer Knight, Jake Luerkens, Jade Manternach, Aaron Morse, Lydia Neeley, and Benjamin Olson. Congratulations to these students for their outstanding essays.

Thanks to the generosity of Mary and Dempsey Prappas, monetary awards are given to the top-ranked essays. First-, second-, and third-place winners receive $3,000, $2,000, and $1,000, respectively.

Essays were based on a scenario that includes an ethical situation to reflect upon. Follow the scenario link to see the 2014 essay prompt.

For more information about the contest contact Pamela Bourjaily, Director, Frank Center (