Mary Thomas Prappas Ethics Essay Contest

Want your shot at winning $2,000? 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 ($2,000–$1,000). The deadline for submissions was May 1, after which finalists were invited to revise their submissions for final judging in September. Winners are announced in December. See the 2020 essay prompt.

2020 finalists are Austin Clayton, Arianna Contreras, Lane Dethrow, Zoe Hamstreet, Hannah Heindel, Ellie Paul, Nicole Toppin, Allison Warren, John Wells, Emily Wilhelm, and Anna Zinselmeier.

2019 Contest Winners:

  1. Xinwen Zhang
  2. Maggie Norland
  3. Zahra Aalabdulrasul
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."