Business Ethics Essay Contest

The Center for Practice & Research in Management & Ethics (PRIME Center) at University of Detroit Mercy's College of Business Administration is pleased to announce a Business Ethics Essay Contest for high school students. The goal of this competition is for future business students to contemplate ethical problems that accompany modern business practices, and clearly articulate potential solutions.

Essay Topic

The topic for the 2022-2023 essay competition is: “How can companies support the dimensions of sustainability (social, economic, environment) in their operations?” 

Prizes and Awards 

1st Place: $2,500 cash + $2,500 scholarship* + award certificate 

 2nd Place: $1,500 cash + $1,500 scholarship* + award certificate 

 3rd Place: $1,000 cash + $1,000 scholarship* + award certificate 

Three Honorable Mentions: $500 cash + $500 scholarship* + award certificate 

 *The nonrenewable PRIME Center Scholarship is contingent upon admission to, and full-time enrollment as a freshman in, the College of Business Administration at the University of Detroit Mercy. 

Submission Process and Deadlines 

 Please email completed submissions to Dr. Evan Peterson at with the subject line “Business Ethics Essay Contest.” Submissions must be received by 12:00 pm on November 4, 2022.  An awards ceremony will be held in early December 2022. 

 Contest Rules 

Eligibility: The competition is open to current juniors and seniors in good standing at any high school in Michigan. Only one entry per person is permitted. 

What to Submit: Only complete submissions will pass to the review panel. A complete submission consists of the following 2 documents: 

1: Business Ethics Essay Contest Submission Form (contact Dr. Evan Peterson for a copy of the form)

2: Essay 

Essay Formatting Requirements: The essay must be an original work on the topic, written in English, double-spaced, with 12-point Times New Roman font and 1-inch margins. References must be properly identified using the American Psychological Association (APA) style.  The essay must not exceed 800 words (excluding the reference list). 

Do not include an abstract or cover page (the Contest Submission Form will serve as the cover page).  

Do not include your name or any other information in the essay that may identify you or your school.  

Essay Scoring: Essays will be reviewed anonymously by at least two members of the competition review panel, comprised of current students and alumni of the College of Business Administration. 

Notice: Failure to comply with the competition rules and guidelines will result in disqualification. Disbursement of prizes and awards is conditional upon receiving all information requested from participants by the established deadlines.  

Contact: Dr. Evan Peterson at with any questions and for a copy of the submission form.