The Clark Prize

This prize was originally established through a gift from Aaron Clark in 1859. It was later reestablished in 1892 through a gift from the Fayerweather estate.


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Open to the class of 2010, The Clark Prize is directed to all senior students in all disciplines. The Clark competition includes both an essay and a speech. Your paper will address the assigned topic. The essay, of not more than 10 pages, will be turned in to Professor Casey at the beginning of the Spring semester: NEW DEADLINE IS MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2010

A group of three faculty judges will provide a blind review of the senior papers. Based on that review, three seniors will be chosen to speak in the final round of the competition. Note: There will be a preliminary speaking round for the Clark Prize.

All interested students are asked to sign up in advance. Registration for the competition indicates a commitment to participate.

Preliminary Round -- February 13, 2010
Each contestant presents a three to five minute oral summation based on the written paper. Three competitors will advance to the final round.

Final Round -- March 6, 2010 
The final round of the competition is held in the College Chapel on February 28, 2009. Each contestant presents a six to eight minute speech. Finals for the public speaking competitions begin at 1 p.m.

$1,500 (2010 award) will be awarded to the senior who most effectively addresses the assigned topic. The Clark Prize winner will be recognized at the Class and Charter Day ceremony.