Shimer College Hosts 9th Annual Montaigne Scholarship Competition and Doubles Last Year’s Attendance

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Shimer College is pleased to announce that Inney Prakash of Bay City, MI, and Henry Barrett of Chicago, IL, are the winners of this year’s Montaigne Scholarship Competition. The event attracted a record-breaking number of competitors from across the United States.

Saturday, March 28, 2015 marked the 9th annual Montaigne Scholarship Competition at Shimer College. Applicants from across the United States flocked to the college to compete for full and half-tuition scholarships to a four-year program.

This year’s competition drew a crowd of 28 participants hailing from 13 states – a new record for the college, which supports a very small student body of 100. Doubled in growth from last year, the increase in attendance was supported by Shimer’s provision of travel stipends to out of state families.

Each participant was challenged to demonstrate their knowledge of French Renaissance author Michel de Montaigne by reading, discussing, and writing about his work. Shimer professor David Shiner reports that the event went exceptionally well: “The faculty was extremely impressed by the level of maturity, preparedness, and academic ability shown by this year’s Montaigne scholars. The discussion sessions were excellent, and the essays were of higher-than-average quality on the whole.”

This year’s group of 28 competitors, aged 16-26, were as diverse as Shimer’s current student body. They included a jazz musician, a debate team captain, a filmmaker, a skateboard business entrepreneur, and an equine therapist.

After careful consideration, a committee of faculty members selected the scholarship winners on Monday, March 30th. Shimer was very pleased to present Inney Prakash of Bay City, MI, with a full-tuition scholarship, while Henry Barrett of Chicago, IL, won a half-tuition scholarship.

Inney Prakash is interested in history, philosophy, behavioral economics and cognitive neuroscience. He was on the film screening council for a local film festival this past year, and has been actively involved in bringing diverse international films to Michigan for the past several years. Henry Barrett is interested in writing, particularly graphic novels. He illustrates a web comic known as David Bowie the Hobo Slayer, and works at Alleycat Comics in Andersonville while attending Jones College Prep.

Shimer College is an alternative liberal arts undergraduate institution in Chicago, Illinois. For more information about Shimer’s unique degree programs, please contact admissions at admission(at)shimer(dot)edu or call (312) 235-3555.

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