About the Contest

Rotary International District 5300 George R. Hensel Ethics Essay Contest is designed to challenge high school students to analyze ethical issues and concerns confronting them in today’s complex world.  Because our fellow Rotarian, businessman, and philanthropist, George R. Hensel, Ph.D., privately funded this contest before his death in 2012.  Students submit essays to their local Rotary Clubs and may, at the club’s discretion, present their essays at a club meeting.  Winners at the club level advance to the District Level and four winners at that level are awarded monetary prizes. The top three runners-up receive cash prizes of $500 each, plus $200 for their teacher, and the winner at the District Level gets $3,000 plus $1,000 for his/her teacher. The overall winning essay is presented at the District Conference.

2023/24 Contest Deadlines
Club Participation and Registration Fee ($350.)
Must be submitted to District 5300 by December 31, 2023, via DACdb
Click Here to Register Your Club to Participate in the Contest

Student Essay Entries
Student essay’s should be submitted to the local Club in mid March for club evaluation and selection of winning essay. The Club selection of winning essay must be completed by March 31, 2024 for entry submission.

District Level Entry
Club’s winning Essay must be emailed to the Contest District Chair by March 31, 2024, via: districtessaycontest@mtbrotary.org

The winning Essays will be presented at the District Training Assembly  Saturday, April 20, 2024 .

2023-24 Documents

Hensel Essay brochure Part 1 (PDF)
Hensel Essay brochure Part 2 (PDF)
Hensel Essay Flyer 23-24 (PDF)
Hensel Essay Contest (PPTX)

Hensel Essay Contest Deadlines for 2023-24 (PDF)
Student Entry form (PDF)
Club Score Card (PDF)
Hensel Essay Principal Letter (Docx)
23-24 Hensel Essay Entry form to District (PDF)

For more information contact:
Manuel Franco, Chair, manuel.franco@monarchlitho.com


Winning Essay from the 2018 Contest

Video from 2018 Contest

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