Dr. K. York and M. Noelle Chynn Prize in Ethics and Morality

Dr. Chynn’s mother attended Fordham University where she received her master’s. Chynn Family Foundation now donates to the school to give less fortunate students an opportunity for a better education. The donation’s by the Chynn family are divided among scholarships and research.

Essay Criteria

In 1,000 – 1,500 words, you are encouraged to raise questions, single out issues and identify dilemmas of personal or social significance that you have encountered. Essays should articulate with clarity the ethical or moral issue and analyze what it has taught you about ethics and yourself. Essays may include reference to published scholarship, but must be original, unpublished work and should reflect your individual voice.

Students may discuss moral dilemmas encountered personally or by family and friends. In addition, students can focus their essay around a specific ethics theme. Sample themes include (but are not limited to):

  • Why is morality essential to leading a fulfilled and happy life?
  • What are the obstacles to having a moral life, and how may they be overcome?
  • How can morality be instilled as part of the education process for our youth?
  • What moral responsibilities do individuals have to family members, friends, or the institutional, political or physical environments in which they live?
  • How does one balance personal and social moral responsibilities?
  • What personal characteristics are essential to a moral life?

Winners will Receive

  • Best Essay ($1,000)
  • First runner-up ($500)
  • Second runner-up ($300)

Read the winnings essays from the 2017 competition.