The Richard T. Schellhase Essay Prize in Ethics, launched by the U-Imagine! Center for Integrative and Entrepreneurial Studies, invited students to submit an essay on a topic of ethical or moral importance. Submissions were judged based on clarity, insight, focus, originality, and quality of analysis.
English and Politics major Sophie Zander received first prize in the competition for her essay, “The Awakening: Reevaluating the Anthropocentric Framework of Western Ethics.” Sophie, a member of the Class of 2014, is Vice President of the Haines-Barnard Pre-Law Society and is a Legal Studies Center Intern.
Second prize went to senior Jarrett Field for his essay titled, “A Defense of Stand Your Ground Legislation.”
Third prize went to junior Sara Bajor for her essay, “Moving to a New Paradigm: A Reflection on Ethics.”
Receiving honorable Mention were Jennifer Davis, Douglas Hickey, Christian Hoops and Senie Chernuhina.
The first prize winner was awarded $3000; second prize, $2,000; and third prize, $1,000 through the generosity of Trustee and alumnus Will Able, Class of 1961.
Competition judging was by Ursinus alumni led by Kelly Sorensen, Class of 1954 Chair of Ethics and Associate Professor in the Philosophy and Religious Studies department.
The Rev. Richard Schellhase, Ursinus Class of 1945, has had a long and distinguished career in philanthropy and in the clergy. Since 1947 he has been a respected clergyman in the Evangelical and Reformed Church, and its successor, the United Church of Christ. Dr. Schellhase served as Assistant Professor of Religion at Ursinus College from 1956 to 1964. He is a member of the First Congregational Church in Berkeley, Calif. He is the most recent holder of The Davis Chair of Judeo-Christian Values, established by Nancy Davis in honor of her late husband, Thomas, Class of 1952, a former Trustee.