Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest

Scholarship Provided by : third party

Scholarship Amount

$10,000 USD

Application Deadline

April 28, 2017


  • Essay with cover sheet (containing applicant's contact information).
  • Select ONE of the following three topics:
  • 1. Atlas Shrugged contains both businessmen who are heroes, such as Hank Rearden and Dagny Taggart, and businessmen who are villains, such as Orren Boyle and James Taggart.
  • What are the differences between these types of businessmen?
  • Is the story a celebration of business? How does this issue relate to the wider themes in the novel?
  • 2. Hank Rearden says that the killer tenet which destroys a man is the soul-body dichotomyâthat this wrong idea has been the source of his lifeâs pain.
  • What do you think this dichotomy is?
  • How has it wreaked havoc in Hankâs life? 3. What is the meaning of money to Francisco?
  • To James Taggart?
  • Essay must be no fewer than 800 and no more than 1,600 words in length, and double-spaced. Essays will be judged on both style and content.
  •  Judges will look for writing that is clear, articulate and logically organized.
  • Winning essays must demonstrate an outstanding grasp of the philosophic meaning of Atlas Shrugged.

  • Entrant must be a 12th Grader, College Undergraduate, or Graduate Student. Employees of the Ayn Rand Institute, its board of directors and their immediate family members are not eligible for this contest.
  • Past first-place winners are not eligible for this contest.
United States
Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate Students

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