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Image of a girl writing on a book saying THE BETTY G HEADLY SENIOR ESSAY AWARD
The Betty G. Headley Senior Essay Award annually honours essays written by upper year undergraduate students, which are distinguished by their eloquence, originality, and persuasive power. The financial awards are $1,500 for a course-related essay and $500 for a personal essay. All submissions are reviewed by a Selection Committee comprised of SJU Faculty members.
 
Submissions for the 2022 Betty G. Headley Award are now being accepted until December 16th at 4:30 pm.  Please review the submission steps below: 
 
STEP 1: Review the eligibility requirements

Please confirm that you are eligible for participation in the Betty G. Headley Award by reviewing the following prerequisites:

 

Course-related Essay ($1,500 Award)

Essays written for any third or fourth-year level course taught at St. Jerome's University or any University of Waterloo campus or affiliated institution may be submitted by students currently registered at St. Jerome’s University or the University of Waterloo. Essays written for courses may be revised prior to submission.

 
Personal Essay ($500 Award)
Personal reflective essays are written expressly for this competition by students currently registered at St. Jerome’s University or the University of Waterloo. Personal reflective essays written expressly for this award competition must be identified as such.
 
 
STEP 2: Complete the entry form

All submissions must contain a completed entry form.

STEP 3: Follow the submission guidelines
  • An entry form must be included with each submitted essay.
  • Students may submit a maximum of one essay in each category 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).  There is no minimum length.
  • IMPORTANT: To ensure an impartial review process:
    • the student’s name, course number, and professor’s name should appear only on the entry form—NOT on the essay itself;
    • a clean, unmarked copy must be submitted; and
    • the student’s UW ID number should appear on the front page of the essay and as a footer on each page.
  • 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 2022.
  • “Currently registered” means registered in Winter 2022, Spring 2022 and/or Fall 2022.
  • Entries failing to meet these guidelines will not be considered.

Visit our PAST WINNERS page to learn more about previous winning essays.

STEP 4: Submit an electronic copy of your essay and entry form

Email your completed entry form along with your electronic essay submission to headleyaward@gmail.com by 4:30 p.m. on December 16th, 2022, to be eligible for consideration.

 

Visit our PAST WINNERS page to learn more about previous winning essays.

STEP 5: Don't miss the deadline
The 2022 submission deadline is December 16th at 4:30 pm. 

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