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Schellhase Contest

Established to honor Richard T. Schellhase, a former professor at Ursinus College, the Schellhase Ethics Essay contest promotes discussion of ethics in a variety of settings.

This year’s Schellhase Contest seeks submissions from students on either the relationship between corporations and the environment or student debt. A prompt with full details as well as cases for writers to respond to is available here

Readings course

Students who want the opportunity to discuss this year’s topics and get advice on writing can enroll in a one-credit course, BE-005. The deadline to register is Tuesday, Jan. 30. For more information, contact the contest director, Prof. Scott Deacle (

Suggested readings

Can’t make it to the BE-005 course? The below list includes readings that will be used in the course as well as some other suggestions. Due to copyright concerns, we ask Ursinus students to access them through the college’s JSTOR subscription or other library resources.

On corporations and the environment

Arnold, D. G. (2003). Libertarian Theories of the Corporation and Global Capitalism. Journal of Business Ethics 48(2), pp. 155-173.

Arnold and Bustos (2005) Business, Ethics, and Global Climate Change. Business and Professional Ethics Journal. 24:1&2, pp. 103-130.

Bowie, Norman (1990), Morality, Money, and Motor Cars, From W. M. Hoffman, R. Frederick, and E. S. Petry Jr., eds. Business Ethics and the Environment (New York: Quorum Books,), 89-97.

Miller K. and G. Serafeim (2014). Chief Sustainability Officers: Who are They and What Do They Do? Working Paper 15-011. Harvard Business School.

On student debt

Akers B., and M. M. Chingos (2014). Is a Student Loan Crisis on the Horizon? Washington D.C., Brown Center on Education Policy at The Brookings Institution.

Baker, A., Andrews, B., & McDaniel, A. (2017). The impact of student loans on college access, completion and returns. Sociology Compass.

Williams, J. J. (2014). Student Debt and the Spirit of Indenture. In J. J. Williams, How to Be an Intellectual: Essays on Criticism, Culture, and the University. New York: Fordham University.

Past winners

Note - past contests had different topics or themes.

Chris Tan ('18) receives the award for winning the 2017 Schellhase contest. Pictured left to right are contest director Scott Deacle, Tan, and contest donor Will Abele ('61).