Kenan Moral Purpose Award

The deadline is Sunday, April 12, 2015!

What is the Kenan Moral Purpose Award?

The Kenan Moral Purpose Award is given for the best undergraduate student essay on the role a liberal arts education plays in students’ exploration of the personal and social purposes by which to orient their future and the intellectual, emotional, and moral commitments that make for a full life.

Established in honor of the Kenan Institute for Ethics' 15th anniversary at Duke, the award is now in its third year and has been expanded to include students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, thanks to a partnership with the Parr Center for Ethics.

Essays between 500-800 words should address either or both of the following questions:

  • In what ways have your core beliefs and larger aims been tested, transformed, or confirmed during your time in college?
  • How have you had to defend or challenge prevailing ideas, social norms, or institutions and what lessons have you learned from doing so?

Each winner will receive $1,000!

To submit an essay or for more information, please visit the Parr Center for Ethics ( or email Katelin Kaiser,