Annual Schellhase Essay Prize to Recognize Best in Ethics

Ursinus will honor three students during a ceremony in Olin Auditorium at 7 p.m. on April 17.

The Richard T. Schellhase Essay Prize in Ethics invites students to submit an essay on a topic of ethical or moral importance. This year, the students were challenged with writing about either the relationship between corporations and the environment, or issues and challenges surrounding student debt. 

Michael Stiles, former executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Philadelphia Phillies, will serve as guest speaker. Stiles joined the Phillies in 2001 as vice president for administration and operations following a legal career that included stints as a city prosecutor, trial judge and the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Sponsored by Ursinus’s U-Imagine Center for Integrative and Entrepreneurial Studies, the prize honors Richard Schellhase ’45, a beloved Ursinus alumnus, coach and mentor, and is funded by Will Abele ’61, a member of the Ursinus College Board of Trustees. Schellhase had a long and distinguished career in philanthropy and in the clergy, and served as assistant professor of religion at Ursinus from 1956-64. 

Winning students will receive prizes of $2,000, $1,000 and $500.