How to Apply:
-Entry must include a typed essay of 1,000-1,500 words, and a cover sheet including the student’s name, mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address. High school students should include school and grade. Post-secondary students should include school, major, and year of graduation. The topic of essay is “The rise of crony capitalism: how government and business gain at the taxpayers’ expense”.
– Online entries may be submitted as a Word or a PDF document. Finalists will be required to send their essay as a Word document, if they have not already done so.
-Entries must include references cited from academic sources. Any academically acceptable referencing style may be used.
-The cover page, references and image/graph captions are not included in the word limit.
-Please note that if you are a finalist and include a graph in your essay, you will be required to send it to us in an Excel file with the underlying data in order that we can recreate it in house. If you want to include a previously published graph for which you do not have the underlying data, you must cite its source appropriately to prove that you have permission to reuse it.
-If you have a foreign postal code or telephone number that is not accepted on the online application form, please write it in the Comments box, and use ‘X1X 1X1’ or ‘123-123-1234’ in the actual postal code or telephone number field.
The benefits of participation in the Berkeley Prize are extraordinary, not only for those students who receive an award. Involvement in the program catalyzes all students to explore their design ethics, ideas for addressing social and environmental challenges, and hopes for the future. Throughout this process, students are encouraged to clearly articulate their professional goals and identify their personal paths forward. Not surprisingly, many have gone on to have profound impact on people and places, through their activism and practice.