John Perkins Center Prize

The John Perkins Center Prize honors Dr. John M. Perkins and the indelible mark he has made to the work of reconciliation and Christian Community Development.  With the generous support of friends of the Center, the John Perkins Center is hosting this writing competition to encourage current and future Seattle Pacific University students to explore practical ways towards reconciliation in our communities.

Perkins Center Prize 2021

The Perkins Center Prize honors Dr. John M. Perkins and the indelible mark he has made on the work of reconciliation and Christian Community Development.  With generous support from our community, the John Perkins Center is hosting this scholarship competition to encourage current and future Seattle Pacific University students to explore practical ways to promote reconciliation. This year, we will have two prizes, with one scholarship designated for students who will attend SPU in 2021-22, and one scholarship awarded as a $500 prize that will go directly to them. For more details, please view the Info Sheets at the bottom on the page.

PRIZE DESCRIPTIONS:

SPU Enrolled Perkins Center Prize - One finalist may be chosen from among the entries received. The eligible finalist will receive a tuition scholarship to Seattle Pacific University for the 2021-22 academic year divided over 3 (Fall, Winter, Spring) quarters.

 Perkins Center Prize:                             $1,000 SPU Scholarship

High School Graduate Perkins Center Prize - One finalist may be chosen from among the entries received. The eligible finalist will receive a prize directly to them.

 Perkins Center Prize:                             $500  Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY

  •  For Eligibility for each prize see the specific Info Sheets at the bottom.

  • Entries must be original works by the entrants and must not infringe copyright or proprietary rights of any other person.

  • One entry per person.

  • Entries must include completed Writing Prize entry form (including parental/guardian signature for minors).

  • Entrants must give the John Perkins Center and SPU consent to publish and use the submission.

  • Winners will be presented in May, 2021.

WRITING PROMPTS

The writing prompts are included on each Info Sheet and are intended to help entrants focus their writing on Dr. Perkins' principles of Relocation, Reconciliation, and Redistribution.

ENTRY CRITERIA

Writing type

Written entries may take essay form, research paper form, or story form. 

  • Writing length should not exceed 2,000 words.
  • Entries must be written by the entrant and be original work.
  • Quotations and facts that are not common knowledge should include proper citations.

Judging Criteria

  • Entries must focus on a social justice topic or issue by clearly communicating an answer to one of the above prompts.
  • Entries will be judged based on creativity, originality, and/or the potential for the findings or program to be utilized and implemented.
  • Entries must be high school students in current senior standing

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

  • Entries must be emailed or postmarked by April 30, 2021.
  • Please include/attach the entry form and a high-resolution picture of yourself (for presentation purposes).
  • Email electronic submissions (as a PDF or Word document) to perkinscenter@spu.edu.
  • Hard copy entries can be dropped off in a manila envelope to the John Perkins Center (SUB 225) or mailed to:


The John Perkins Center - SPU

Attn: Writing Prize

3307 Third Ave W Suite 207

Seattle, WA 98119


Please contact perkinscenter@spu.edu with any questions or (206) 281-2183 with any questions.

Details and forms are here.