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Annual Schellhase Prize Recognizes Best Ethics Essays

The Richard T. Schellhase Essay Prize in Ethics invites students to submit an essay on a topic of ethical or moral importance.

This year’s winners are:

1st Prize ($2,000): “Defending the Genetic Selection of Intelligence: A Moral Exploration of Principle” by Chase Opperman ’21.

2nd Prize ($1,000): “Ethical Considerations Regarding Paternalism in Medicine” by Lola Holcomb ’21.

3rd Prize (tie, $250): “Community Psychology’s Impact on Public Health and the Experience of Marginalization” by Katie Hudick ’20.

3rd Prize (tie, $250): “Fill the Gap: Assessing moral permissibility of rejections in dental practices and promoting pro bono dental work through a non-profit organization” by Min Son ’20.

Honorable Mention: “A Personal Conundrum Regarding the Ethical Questionability of Continuing a Career in Clinical Psychology” by Erica Best ’21

Honorable Mention: “Synthesizing a View of Moral Education” by Matthew Schmitz ’21.

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.