Each year, the University Writing Program hosts an essay competition in conjunction with the First Year Academic Convocation. Founded in the early 1990s by Stephen McPartlin, this award honors excellent writing by first year students at the University of Notre Dame. Three awards are given, and winning essays are published in Fresh Writing.
First, second, and third place winners receive $200, $150, and $125 cash awards, respectively, and certificates commemorating their achievement. Click here for more information about the McPartlin Award.