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Announcing the 2016 Mary Thomas Prappas Ethics Essay Contest Finalists!

The Mary Thomas Prappas Business Ethics Essay Competition is funded through a generous contribution from business alumna Mary Thomas Prappas and her late husband, Dempsey Prappas. Essays are based on a scenario that includes a "right vs. right" ethical situation to reflect upon. While contest entry is a requirement for students in the Introduction to Law course, all Tippie undergraduate business students are eligible to participate.

From almost 1,100 entrants, finalists have been selected to proceed to the final round of judging in which prominent members of the Iowa business community read and evaluate the essays to determine the top three winners. The finalists for the 2016-2017 contest are Andrew Birschbach, Dwight Bode, Rachel Burnett, Chen Chen, Logan Drake, Kelly Dyja, Rita Guzman, Connor Hamilton, Jacob Hennigan, Matthew King, Stasi Kosyanchuk, Sam Meuret, Nicholas Schnell, Gerrit Van Maanen, and Greyson Zaun. Congratulations to these students for their outstanding essays and best of luck to them as they revise their essays over the summer in preparation for the last round of judging in September. 

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.

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