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Homecoming Essay Contest

As part of Homecoming activities each year, all full-time students are invited to learn about a past leader of BYU by participating in the George H. Brimhall Essay Contest. This year participants will research and write about Gerrit de Jong Jr., the first dean of the College of Fine Arts.

The awards for the contest—from $1,500 for first place to $300 for honorable mention—are funded by the family of George H. Brimhall (ND 1877), an early president of BYU. Entries should be about 750 words in length and center on the 2011 Homecoming theme, Hold High the Torch. They should also contain insights on de Jong as well as personal reflections. The winning essay will contain strong writing and reflect a connection to the founder.

Those interested may attend a writers’ workshop with a contest judge Sept. 1 at 11 a.m. in the Hinckley Center east conference room. Entries are due by Sept. 20 at 5 p.m. at

See a specially compiled bibliography about de Jong at cover sheets and other information at