Student Essay Contest

Really Generous Prizes!

Calling All Lutes to Protect the Earth

The Wild Hope Center invites currently registered students to write an essay on the calling to “care for the earth,” a core element of PLU’s mission. Faculty and staff who are members of the Center for Vocation Committee will judge the essays.

The first-place essay writer will be awarded a prize of $500.
The second-place essay writer will be awarded a prize of $250.

The Essay should discuss the calling to care for the earth.

Essays must demonstrate that students have read and interacted with:
1. The university’s mission statement at
2. The Wild Hope statement on vocation at Center’s website:
3. “Core Elements in Lutheran Higher Education,” and the core element entitled, “The Intrinsic Value of the Whole Creation,” at

Please submit your essay, formatted as a Word document and sent electronically, to Laree Winer, Associate Director for the Center for Vocation, at no later than April 1, 2019, 4:00 p.m.

Submissions must include a cover sheet and the completed essay. The cover sheet is to include your name, your PLU I.D. #, a current mailing address, PLU email address and telephone number. Format must follow these guidelines: A minimum word count of 1,000, and a maximum word count of 1,250 (the word count must be noted at the end of the essay); the pages should be numbered; double-spaced with 1” margins and a font size of 12 pt. The essay should include either footnotes or endnotes and those citations must be in either the Chicago Manual of Style or the MLA format.

All contestants will be honored and the winners announced at an awards ceremony as part of the Second Annual Wild Hope Conference, Calling All Lutes: To Protect the Earth, Thursday, April 4, 2019, at 3:30 p.m. in Xavier 201.

For additional information or questions, contact Laree Winer or 253-535-7192