Ayn Rand, the Russian-American writer who was an advocate for human rights and strong woman who questioned authorities with her books, one of them was Atlas Shrugged. The Ayn Rand Institute offers to online degree students the opportunity to explore the e-learning world with different online programs, similar to online colleges, in which they can write and speak with the group of experts the website holds. In this chance, the almost online university website opened an essay contest for 12th graders, college undergraduates’ students or graduate students that are looking forward to get an online degree.
All of the future online college students have until May 15 to send their essays. The 1st place will get $20,000 to be spend on his online university degree, the second $2,000, the third $1,000 and the finalists $100, all these grants are scholarships for college . It does not matter if the students is from Colombia, U.S., Spain or Japan, everyone have the opportunity to be part of this project.
On the essay, each future online degree students is going to talk about Ayn Rand’s book, Atlas Shrugged, but focusing on any of the following topics:
- Considering the writers opinion on her essay The Pull Peddlers, which factors made possible the destruction of Phoenix – Durango, and how this event is important with the rest of the book.
- The future online university student is going to inspire himself with Ayn Rand’s essay What is Capitalism and Atlas Shrugged and try to fight the popular idea of ‘‘Capitalism’s defenders usually appeal to the “public good” as the moral justification of capitalism’’.
- Francisco d’Anconia and his teacher, Hugh Akston, recommended: “Check your premises,” due to contradictions do not exist. Recognize two key superficial contradictions they meet in Atlas Shrugged and show their importance on the book.
Is important for the juror to create strong arguments to justify their perspective in any of the topics chosen by the student. They also want a clear, articulated and logical work; these essays must show a relevant philosophical work as Ayn Rand used to do; first winners will not be able to participate on this contest.
The 800-1600-words essay is needed to be only about the topic assigned, if there is a student that does not choose this topic or copy his/her essay from another one will be disqualified immediately. Students must include: participant’s name and address; his or her email address (if available); the university they are attending or are looking to go; the topic selected; and the his or her up-to-date grade level.