Current Winners and Submissions


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Current Winners and Submissions
a)    Essays submitted by students currently registered at St. Jerome’s University (SJU), Renison University College, or the University of Waterloo for any third or fourth year level course taught at SJU or any University of Waterloo campus or affiliated institution. (Eligible for a $1,500 award)
b)    Personal reflective essays written expressly for this competition by students currently registered at
        St. Jerome’s University, Renison University College, or University of Waterloo. (Eligible for a $500 award)
The writer of the course-related essay chosen by the Committee will receive $1,500. The writer of the personal essay chosen by the Committee will receive $500. The awards will be presented at the St. Jerome’s University Graduation Ceremony on June 11, 2017.
Entries must be received no later than 1:00 p.m. on April 21, 2017.
Submission Guidelines
  • Submissions may be made directly by the student essayist or, with the permission of the student, nominated by a professor or course instructor.
  • Students may submit only one essay for consideration per award year. However, qualifying students may submit entries in subsequent years.
  • The Selection Committee reserves the right to forego the presentation of the awards if no worthy recipient is identified.
  • Papers must not exceed 4,500 words (approximately 15 pages in length).
  • To ensure an impartial review process, clean, unmarked copies must be submitted.
  • The student’s UW ID number should appear on the front page of the essay and as a footer on each page.
  • The student’s name, course number and professor’s name should appear only on the entry form—NOT on the essay itself.
  • Essays written for courses may be revised prior to submission.
  • Personal reflective essays written expressly for this award competition must be identified as such.
  • Copies of submissions will not be returned.
  • Essays should have been written in 2016 or 2017.
  • “Currently registered” means registered in Spring 2016 and/or Fall 2016 and/or Winter 2017. The student should not have graduated.
  • Entries failing to meet these guidelines will not be considered.

Hardcopy submissions are preferred, but electronic submissions will be accepted.

Hardcopy submissions must be placed in the “Headley Senior Essay Award” drop box in the St. Jerome’s University Classrooms & Library Building (SJU1) outside the Library.

Electronic submissions should be emailed to Lorna Rourke, Librarian and Chair of the Headley Senior Essay Award Committee.

If submitting by email, please use “Headley submission” as the subject line.  Please be sure to include a completed submission form with your entry.