Best Senior Application Essay for Graduate School or Extramural Funding

Deadline: 4 p.m. Friday, May 7, 2021

The Ohio Wesleyan Writing Center is pleased to sponsor the annual Sagan Writing Center Award in recognition of two graduating senior students who have written exemplary essays in one of the following categories:

  • Graduate school statements of purpose.
  • Medical school, Law school, or Business school personal statements.
  • Rhodes, Fulbright, Marshall, or Mitchell scholarship essays (personal statements).
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) personal statements.
  • A similar type of personal essay written for other scholarships or sources of extramural funding.

First and second place winners are awarded, respectively, $200 and $100 prizes. Winners will receive special recognition in the Commencement program and may have their essays posted on the Writing Center website.

To submit your work for consideration, upload your essay(s) and complete the Sagan Award Submission Form, here.

Click here to see previous Sagan Writing Award winning essays and additional model application essays


Using the webform is the easiest and most secure way to submit your essays. However, if you prefer to submit your essays in hard copy, please download, print, and complete the following four forms. 

If submitting hard copies, place four (4) copies of your essay and the completed forms in a large envelope and deliver to the Writing Center in Corns 316. Please review these forms for more information about the award and the submission process and criteria.

The Writing Center staff and members of the OWU faculty will select the award recipients.

Deadline: 4 p.m. Friday, May 7, 2021. 

Contact Info


Writing Resource Center
R.W. Corns Building #316
61 S. Sandusky St.
Delaware, Ohio 43015
P 740-368-3925

Office Hours

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