Fall 2019 Essay Contest

This fall, the Buckley Program is thrilled to offer two essay contests: one for Yale College students and one for high school students.


In The Road to Serfdom, Friedrich Hayek explained: “Economic control is not merely control of a sector of human life which can be separated from the rest; it is the control of the means for all our ends. And whoever has sole control of the means must also determine which ends are to be served, which values are to be rated higher and which lower, in short, what men should believe and strive for.”

What can we learn from Hayek and apply to today’s challenges?

College Contest

Essays must be between 700 and 900 words. Open to Yale College students.

High School Contest

Essays must be between 500 and 700 words. Open to all students in Grades 9 to 12 who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Prizes: First-place, second-place, and third-place winners will receive $1000, $500, and $250, respectively. All winners will be invited to the Buckley Program’s Ninth Annual Conference dinner banquet at the Omni Hotel on Friday, November 1st to receive recognition.

Please send all submissions as Microsoft Word attachments to BuckleyProgram@gmail.com by Friday, October 18th.