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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)