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Richard T. Schellhase Essay Prize in Ethics

Recipient Names

1st Prize Winner ($2,000): “Defending the Genetic Selection of Intelligence: A Moral Exploration of Principle” by Chase Opperman2nd Prize Winner ($1,000): “Ethical Considerations Regarding Paternalism in Medicine” by Lola Holcomb
3rd Prize Winner (tie, $250): “Community Psychology’s Impact on Public Health and the Experience of Marginalization” by Katie Hudick
3rd Prize Winner (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
Honorable Mention: “A Personal Conundrum Regarding the Ethical Questionability of Continuing a Career in Clinical Psychology” by Erica Best
Honorable Mention: “Synthesizing a View of Moral Education” by Matthew Schmitz

Award Description

Sponsored by the 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 board of trustees member Will Abele ’61. 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. The Richard T. Schellhase Essay Prize in Ethics invites students to submit an essay on a topic of ethical or moral importance.