Harvard Prize Book Essay Contest - Vietnam 2015

Harvard Prize Books are awarded to outstanding students who display excellence in scholarship and high character. This is the first year that Harvard Prize Books are being awarded in Vietnam. Recipients will be selected by an essay contest.

Contest Parameters:

1) Any student graduating from a Vietnamese high school between 2016-2019 may submit an essay on one of the following topics:
- Society has seen rapid advances in internet penetration and technology. Discuss the opportunities and challenges which may arise.
- Some people believe that “the arts is only of secondary importance compared to economic success." Do you agree or disagree, and why?
- It has been claimed that "some areas of knowledge seek to describe the universe, whereas others seek to transform it." If you agree, is one type more valuable than the other? If you disagree, why?

2) Only one essay may be submitted per student.

3) The essay may be 500-1,000 words, in English. (English only because that is the language of instruction at Harvard).

4) The essay must be the student's original work, with no assistance from any individual.

5) We suggest that the student write the essay in a separate program (e.g. Microsoft Word), and then copy and paste the text into this form once finished.

6) The base opinion of the student is not relevant; rather, judges will assess students' ability to form logical arguments, provide relevant evidence, and present it clearly to the reader.

The contest is being held by the Harvard Club of Vietnam, with VietAbroader as organizing partner. The awards have been sponsored by Edward Thai, co-President of the Harvard Club of Vietnam.

Prize Books are awarded without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, or political beliefs.

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