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George R. Hensel Ethics Essay Contest 2020-21


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, there are no entry fees to pay.  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.

Contest Deadlines

Club Participation and $100 Registration
Must be submitted to District 5300 by January 31, 2021
Click Here to Register Your Club to Participate in the Contest

Student Essay Entries
Must be submitted to the local Club by March 31, 2021

Club Level Winner
Must be submitted to the District by April 30, 2021 to:

District Finals
Saturday, May 22, 2021
at the District Conference, Lancaster, California

Hensel Essay Brochure
Contest Deadlines
Student Entry Form
Hensel Essay Principal Letter
Score Card
Fill-In Award Certificate
PowerPoint Presentation

For more information contact:
Manuel Franco, Chair,
Katharine Zaun, Co-Chair


Winning Essay from the 2018 Contest

Video from 2018 Contest


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