Mary Thomas Prappas Ethics Essay Contest

Want your shot at winning $3,000? Put your decision making and moral compass to the test and enter our annual ethics essay contest. Essays will be evaluated by members of the local business community, who will determine first through third place ($3,000–$1,000). Finalists are chosen in mid-May with the opportunity to revise their submissions for final judging in September. Winners are announced in October. For questions about entering, email Assistant Director Mark Petterson. Find the 2018 contest prompt here.

The winners have been chosen - congratulations to all the finalists! Continue to check this page for more information and the winning essays. 

  1. Becca Ruff
  2. Nate Kelsay
  3. Maeve McGonigal

The other top-ten finalists were: Ethan Ellinger, Dawn Hays, Nathan Kelsay, Cole Krueger, Megan Leiding, Yu Shen Lim, Maeve McGonigal, Lauren Rouck, Rebecca Ruff, and Naomi Shilyanski. 

Essays from 2017 contest winners: 

  1. Peter Moore
  2. Colin Sloan
  3. Matthew Little
About Mary Thomas Prappas

Mary Thomas Prappas was raised in the Cedar Rapids community. She was the first in her family to earn a college degree, graduating from Iowa in 1949. Mary was one of 35 women who earned a business degree that year. Mary met her husband Dempsey in 1948, settling in Iowa City in their later years. With Dempsey's passing in 2015, Mary lost a lifetime partner and the university an avid champion of ethical legal and business practice.

"It is important that students develop a conscience in business. They need to be aware of ethics and of the consequences of unethical behavior on others' lives."