University of Texas at El Paso
Skov Essay Competition on Business Ethics

Launched by the College of Business Administration in 2014, the Skov Essay Competition on Business Ethics is an annual essay contest for El Paso’s high school students.  Each year the College’s Center for Multicultural Management and Ethics asks El Paso area high school students to participate in the competition by writing about a topic that challenges them to consider how ethical issues relate to business.

The College of Business Administration created the competition as a way to consistently interact with the community and positively influence the ethical climate in the El Paso region.  Primary funding for the competition is generously provided by Robert E. and Jacqueline Skov and additional funding is provided by United Bank of El Paso del Norte, thanks to the commitment of Les Parker, the bank’s chairman, president, and chief executive officer.

2014 Winning Students

1st place: Wesley Godfrey (Jefferson High School) 
2nd place: Noe Labrado (Jefferson High School) 
3rd place: Anai Saenz (Bowie High School)

Honorable mentions:

Devany Colunga (Bowie High School) 
Nina Titovets (Coronado High School) 
Johnny Torres (Bowie High School) 

Past Topics

2014: “How can we contribute to shaping ethical business practices in our community?”

Past Entries

The 2014 competition was open to senior students from Austin, Bowie, Bel Air, Coronado, Chapin, El Paso, and Jefferson high schools.    

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Cash Prizes

First-place: $1,000
Second-place: $500
Third-place: $250
Three honorable mentions: $50 each

Competition Rules and Format & Submission Guidelines

  1. Original work of 1000 words or less that addresses the stated topic.  Words in the title, bibliography, and footnotes are not included in the word count. 
  2. Any non-original material used in the essay (e.g., quotations or copyrighted work) must be properly identified.
  3. Essays must be typewritten in English using Times New Roman, 12-point font, and be double spaced with 1-inch margins.
  4. Only one entry per person will be accepted.
  5. Essays must be submitted electronically as a Word document using the entry form below.

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