Here you will find the collection of the winning entries to the Kristi Schultz Broughton Liberal Arts Essay Contest.

The Kristi Schultz Broughton Liberal Arts Essay Contest is an annual competition which encourages Butler undergraduates from all colleges to write a short essay in response to a prompt about the value of the liberal arts education they are experiencing at Butler. The author of the winning essay receives a $1000 prize.

The essay contest is named in honor of Kristi Schultz Broughton. Although not a Butler grad, Kristi was an avid supporter of Butler. Kristi was an elementary school teacher and a Butler Mom whose life exemplified the values of liberal education and a commitment to teaching and learning. The contest is made possible through the generous gift of Kristi's sister Karen Schultz Alter '85 and brother Steven R. Schultz '88.

To learn more about the contest please follow this link.


Submissions from 2016


Changing Perceptions, Kateri Vaughn

Submissions from 2015


Butler 2020: Integrate. Exemplify excellence in the liberal arts, professional education, and their effective integration., Katelyn Breden

Submissions from 2014


The Moral Code of LAS, Bryant Dawson

Submissions from 2013


Bologna and Blogs: A Student's Journey Towards Actualizing The Purpose of His Higher Education, Andrew Erlandson

Submissions from 2012


Mediating Disconnected Communities with a Liberal Arts Education, Jennifer Redmond

Submissions from 2011


Metaphors of the Market Economy and The Learning Community, Ben Sippola

Submissions from 2010


Mastering the Digital Age: How the Liberal Arts Can Turn Technology into Progress, Caleb Hamman

Submissions from 2009


Learning the Art of Creation, Farhad Anearzai


Dear President Obama: The Importance of the Liberal Arts in Our Changeable World, Michelle E. Skinner

Submissions from 2008


The Liberal Arts as a Way of Being Humane, Mike Meginnis

Submissions from 2007


The Glory of County Roads, Betsy Shirley