The University of Evansville Department of Philosophy and Religion has launched the inaugural Tri-State Truth, Meaning, and Value Essay Competition in an effort to encourage regional high school students to think about the challenges facing humanity today and in the future.

"We want to encourage young adults to think clearly and to think big," said Tony Beavers, UE professor of philosophy. "That's why at UE, we help students to develop their intellectual competence and confidence and find the courage to face the future unafraid."

The department plans to sponsor the essay competition annually, establishing a new concept each year for students to develop their essays around. This year, the department is asking students to answer the question, "What lessons should humanity learn from the 2020 coronavirus pandemic?"

Each essay will be judged by a panel of UE faculty members. Top three winners will be awarded a cash prize of up to $500, and two honorable mentions will also be awarded.

Essays should be around 1500 words in length, and they will be judged based on academic merit, creativity, and expression of practical wisdom. Proper use of grammar and form will also be considered.

More information about the competition as well as complete rules and a submission form can be found at www.evansville.edu/TMVessay.