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The Sir John M. Templeton Fellowships Essay Contest

Winners for the 2010 Sir John M. Templeton Fellowships Essay Contest were announced Monday, September 27, 2010. No essay contest has been announced for 2011. For updates on other student programs, sign up to receive The Lighthouse, the Independent Institute’s weekly email newsletter, here.

Created in 1974, the Olive W. Garvey Fellowships were offered biennially from 1982 until 2007. Since 2008 the contest has been sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation.

2010 Templeton Fellowship Winners

Essay Topic

Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget the state wants to live at the expense of everyone.Frederic Bastiat (1801–1850)

Assuming Bastiat is correct, what ideas or reforms could be developed that would make people better aware that government wants to live at their expense?

Junior Faculty Division Winners

Student Division Winners

Honorable Mentions:

    Jed Holtzman, Concordia University
    Arianna Thurow
    , University of Massachusetts, Boston
    Brian Williams, University of California, Riverside
    Katharine Hart
    , University of Cambridge
    Alyssa Studebaker
    , Northwood University
    Holly Priest, Williams S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas


    Jonathan Bean, Professor of History, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
    Benjamin Powell, Assistant Professor of Economics, Suffolk University
    Aeon Skoble, Professor of Philosophy, Bridgewater State University

The 2010 contest drew applicants from Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Macedonia, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, The Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico, Rwanda, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tunisia, Uganda, United Kingdom, and the United States.

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