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Fraser Institute Essay Contest for Canadian and Foreign Students in Canada, 2014

Fraser Institute invites applications for essay contest available for Canadian and foreign students, studying in Canada or abroad. Submissions will be considered from secondary and post-secondary (undergraduate and graduate) students in all disciplines. An essay can have more than one author and any prizes awarded will be split evenly between the authors. New prize amount for 2014 is $9,000 (cash prizes). In addition to receiving cash prizes, winners may be published in Canadian Student Review once they have gone through the peer review process. The application deadline is May 30, 2014.

Study Subject (s): Contest is available in all disciplines.
Course Level: Essay Contest is available for secondary and post-secondary (undergraduate and graduate) students.
Scholarship Provider: Lotte and John Hecht Memorial Foundation
Award can be taken at: Canada

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Eligibility:
-The contest is open to Canadian and foreign students, studying in Canada or abroad. A student is defined as someone who attends school in the 2013/2014 school year.
-Submissions will be considered from secondary and post-secondary (undergraduate and graduate) students in all disciplines.
-There will be three separate categories: High School, undergraduate, and graduate students. The category definitions are based on your status in the 2013/2014 school year; for example, if you are an undergraduate student from fall 2013 until spring 2014, you qualify in the ‘Undergraduate‡ category.
-An essay can have more than one author, and any prizes awarded will be split evenly between the authors.

Open for International Students: Canadian and foreign students can apply for this Essay Contest.

Description:  Showcase your ideas on public policy and the role of markets by entering essay competition. New prize amount for 2014 is $9,000. The topic of essay is “The rise of crony capitalism: how government and business gain at the taxpayers‡ expense”. Crony capitalism occurs when government and businesses collude to create advantages for some at the expense of others. It distorts market competition and can promote reckless behavior, leading to power and money shifts, and creates unequal opportunities for those involved. Crony capitalism can take several forms, including taxes, tariffs, subsidies, price controls, regulations, and bailouts. Society pays the economic and socials costs of cronyism. These costs include corruption, reduced competition, less business and job opportunities, inflated prices, and a general decrease in economic activity.

What does it cover? Prizes will be awarded in three separate categories:
High School, 1st Prize: $1,500, 2nd Prize: $1,000 and 3rd Prize: $500
Undergraduate: 1st Prize: $1,500, 2nd Prize: $1,000 and 3rd Prize: $500
Graduate: 1st Prize: $1,500, 2nd Prize: $1,000 and 3rd Prize: $500
Winning essays may be published in Fraser Institute journals. All entries become the property of the Fraser Institute. In addition to receiving cash prizes, winners may be published in Canadian Student Review once they have gone through the peer review process.

Selection Criteria: Entries will be judged on originality, clear expression of ideas, and understanding of competitive markets.

How to Apply:
-Entry must include a typed essay of 1,000-1,500 words, and a cover sheet including the student‡s name, mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address. High school students should include school and grade. Post-secondary students should include school, major, and year of graduation. The topic of essay is “The rise of crony capitalism: how government and business gain at the taxpayers‡ expense”.
Online entries may be submitted as a Word or a PDF document. Finalists will be required to send their essay as a Word document, if they have not already done so.
-Entries must include references cited from academic sources. Any academically acceptable referencing style may be used.
-The cover page, references and image/graph captions are not included in the word limit.
-Please note that if you are a finalist and include a graph in your essay, you will be required to send it to us in an Excel file with the underlying data in order that we can recreate it in house. If you want to include a previously published graph for which you do not have the underlying data, you must cite its source appropriately to prove that you have permission to reuse it.
-If you have a foreign postal code or telephone number that is not accepted on the online application form, please write it in the Comments box, and use ‘X1X 1X1‡ or ‘123-123-1234‡ in the actual postal code or telephone number field.

Application Deadline: The application deadline is May 30, 2014.

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