Ethics Scholarship Application

Application Eligibility

This application is for students who have filled out the ethics scholarship pre-application form and received a follow-up email from the Prindle Institute about filling out the complete application. If you have not filled out the pre-application form yet, please do so. Please send any questions to Executive Director Jeffrey Dunn (jeffreydunn@depauw.edu).

Ethics Scholarship Application

To apply for the Prindle Institute for Ethics Scholarship please fill out the form below. You must also write a brief analysis of an ethical issue that you think is important. You should pick an issue that is debatable and where there are (at least) two clear sides to the issue. You should aim for specificity when choosing your issue. Your analysis will likely be more focused if you choose to tackle, for example, a specific ballot initiative about tipping rather than the general issue of tipping in restaurants.

For guidance or inspiration on writing this piece, see The Prindle Post, the Prindle Institute’s online ethics magazine. Here you will find what we call “Ethics in the News” posts. These pieces take a current news story and analyze the moral dimensions of the issues in that story.

Your analysis should describe the issue, examine the debates and arguments surrounding it, and elaborate on key moral/ethical dimensions of the issue. This is not an opinion piece. The goal is to demonstrate depth and breadth of analysis in examining all sides of an ethical issue.

For examples of structure and style, consider these two Prindle Post articles:

  1. To Tip or Not to Tip: D.C.’s Ballot Initiative 77” by Kiara Goodwine
  2. The White Lies of Everyday Placebos” by Eleanor Price

A good analysis will:

  • be clear and systematic in its organization.
  • identify and articulate a clear ethical question.
  • clearly delineate multiple positions that people might hold about the issue at hand.
  • articulate reasons or arguments for why someone might hold those positions
  • identify all (or at least the most weighty) morally relevant issues.

Save your essay as a Word document or a PDF and upload it after filling out the form below.

The application and essay should be submitted no later than March 1, 2023. Applicants will be notified of our decision on or after March 9, 2023.

2023-2024 Ethics Scholarship Application Form Application due March 1, 2023.

2023-2024 Prindle Institute Ethics Scholarship Application

  • Max. file size: 75 MB.

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