Alumni Report

Essay Contest to Highlight Maeser

BYU students are invited to participate in Homecoming 2007 by entering the George H. Brimhall Essay Contest. Each year the Alumni Association encourages students to learn about one of BYU’ s founders—past leaders who have made significant contributions to the university. This year the contest focuses on Karl G. Maeser, the early president who has been credited as the spiritual architect of BYU. The university-wide competition is open to full-time undergraduate and graduate students.

Organizers are encouraging participants to get a head start because Homecoming is early in the school year (Sept. 18–22). “We hope students will be motivated to learn about Karl Maeser this summer and vie for a portion of the award money provided by the Brimhall family,” says Curtis C. Isaak (BA ’92), program administrator.

The first-place winner will receive $1,500 and will read the essay at the Homecoming opening ceremonies on Sept. 18. The essay will also be published in BYU Magazine. The second-place winner will receive $750, the third-place winner $500, and two honorable mention recipients $300 each.

Entries should be about 750 words long. Writers should focus on the Homecoming 2007 theme, “Come Full Circle,” and share insights about Maeser as well as personal reflections. Entries must be submitted to the Special Collections desk (1130 HBLL) by Sept. 12 at noon.

For research help, contest entrants can consult the bibliography on Maeser located in Special Collections in the library. Writers may also wish to read last year’s winning essays online at

For workshop details and entry information, go to or call 801-422-7621.

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