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Poverty Cure Summit Essay Competition

We are excited to introduce an essay contest in coordination with our 2020 Poverty Cure Summit.

Undergraduate students are invited to submit a 500-600 word essay for the chance to win up to $5,000. To be eligible, students must participate in a minimum of two sessions of the online Poverty Cure Summit taking place November 18-19, 2020. Participation is FREE for students. Drawing directly from ideas shared in the Poverty Cure Summit, students should answer one of the following questions:

  • What is an innovative solution to fight poverty?
  • Which session or panel in the Poverty Cure Summit impacted you the most?
  • Which poverty solutions best uphold the dignity of the human person?

The top 10 students will be invited to expand their essay to a long-form commentary to be featured in an Acton publication and will each receive a prize upon publication.

First place essay


Second place essay


Third place essay


Remaining seven of the top ten essays


Contest Rules

  • Submissions must be between 500 and 600 words.
  • Essays must be emailed to as a PDF.
  • The deadline to submit an essay for consideration in the competition is December 13, 2020.
  • At the top of the document, please include:
    • Full name
    • Name of university or college
    • Poverty Cure Summit confirmation number (included in your registration confirmation email)

To register and to receive the student discount for FREE registration for the Poverty Cure Summit, please enter your name and email address below. We will email you the student discount registration link.

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