NPG Essay Scholarship Contest Winners

Winners of the 2015 Essay Scholarship Contest

2015 Topic:

Should the United States’ government pursue population policies to protect our quality of life for future generations?

Click on each name to read their winning essay.

AwardWinner NameSchool


Calvin Wilder

University of Chicago
Chicago, IL


Davis Negrete

California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo, CA

$1,000Megan BeachNorthwestern University
Evanston, IL
$1,000Kara LeonardSouth Piedmont Community College
Monroe, NC
$1,000Hartland McDonaldFlorida State University
Tallahassee, FL
$1,000Raegan MelfeCalifornia Baptist University
Riverside, CA
$1,000Zachery WaitrovichUniversity of Wisconsin
Madison, WI
$1,000James WangUniversity of Connecticut
Storrs, CT


Winners of the 2014 Essay Scholarship Contest

2014 Essay Topic:

Explain why the average American citizen – particularly our youngest generation – should become active in the cause to slow, halt, and eventually reverse U.S. population growth.

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AwardWinner NameSchool
$1,000Pierce Brooks Wesley College
Dover, DE
Winner of the Richard C. Smith NPG Essay Scholarship
Ian T. GreyEmbry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Prescott, AZ
Winner of the Foundation for Human Conservation NPG Essay Scholarship
Hartland McDonaldFlorida State University
Tallahassee, FL
$1,000Gregory RossUniversity of Chicago
Chicago, IL
$1,000Gemma ZahradkaUniversity of Wisconsin - La Crosse
La Crosse, WI


Winners of the 2013 Essay Scholarship

2013 Essay Topic:

Explain how population growth has negatively affected your community.  What solutions do you propose to ensure a decent quality of life for your generation 30 years from now?

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AwardWinner NameSchool


Wyatt Martinez

Univ. of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC

$1,000Sarah FineUniversity of Missouri
Columbia, MO
$1,000Hartland McDonaldFlorida State University
Tallahassee, FL
$1,000Ryan MoltonUniversity of Arizona
Tucson, AZ
$1,000Camille PedersonPoint Loma Nazarene University
San Diego, CA
$1,000Jayme PruettHunter College of CUNY
New York, NY


Winners of the 2012 Essay Scholarship

2012 Essay Topic:  

Without critical changes, U.S. population is projected to reach 438 million people in less than 40 years.  Explain how this projected growth will negatively affect the United States socially, economically, and environmentally.

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AwardWinner NameSchool


Allison Tuch

Virginia Tech
Blasksburg, VA

$1,000Sarah AbohanaUniversity of Washington
Tacoma, WA
$1,000Bailey CassidyDePaul University
Chicago, IL
$1,000William DavidsonOzarks Technical Community College
Springfield, MO
$1,000Cheryl GaulMassachusetts Institution of Technology
Cambridge, MA
$1,000Corey GierFort Hays State University
Hays, KS


Winners of the 2011 Essay Scholarship

2011 Essay Topic:

The 112th Congress contains more than 100 new members who should learn about the critical issues of population growth and illegal immigration. 

Students are requested to provide NPG with a three- to five-point plan to educate these freshmen legislators about what can be done to slow, halt and reverse today’s out-of-control population growth.  Submissions must be between 500 and 750 words.

AwardWinner NameSchool


Tyler Vunk

The University of
New England
Biddeford, ME

$1,000Anne MontalbanThe University of New Orleans
New Orleans, LA
$1,000Aeisha ReeseWayne State University
Detroit, MI
$500Erin HanrahanLoyola University Maryland
Baltimore, MD
$500Hannah ManningWestern Washington University
Bellingham, WA
$500Parker Powell Boston University
Boston, MA


Winners of the 2010 Essay Scholarship

2010 Essay Topic:

Create a Print Advertisement appropriate for a magazine or newspaper. Ads must be at least 100 words but not more than 200 words. Your ad should persuade the general public to support programs that are designed to slow, halt and eventually reverse population growth.

AwardWinner NameSchool


Kimberly Andresen

Cornell College
Mount Vernon, Iowa

$1,000Kseniya KuprienkoStevens Institute of Technology
Hoboken, NJ
$500Lauren BuschDuke University
Durham, NC
$500Rona DingUniversity of Washington
Seattle, WA
$500Udayan GuptaNew York University
New York, NY
$500Lindsey HamiltonSalisbury University
Salisbury, MD
$500Camille KirchThe Illinois Institute of Art
Chicago, IL


Winners of the 2009 Essay Scholarship

2009 Essay Topic:

Write a letter to your Congressional Representative explaining that the United States simply has TOO MANY PEOPLE. Ask him/her to work to reverse this problem by helping to create a U.S. Commission on Population Growth. Cite specific areas you feel the Commission should evaluate, and give examples of what can be done to achieve the goal of reducing U.S. population.

AwardWinner NameSchool


Mark Azic

The College of New Jersey

$1,000Hillary McMullinUniversity of Rochester
$500Zachary Al-NasserGeorgia Institute of Technology
$500Christi CrumpMorehead State University
$500Kristan MiddletonCalifornia Polytechnic State University
$500Elizabeth PolsterThomas Nelson Community College


Winners of the 2008 Essay Scholarship

2008 Essay Topic:

“Many people believe that our nation is already greatly overpopulated with regards to our limited natural resources and fragile environment. Do you agree that Congress should create a National Population Policy? If so, what would you recommend as its chief goals? If not, how do you propose we solve this problem?”

AwardWinner NameSchool


Adam Wright

The University of Wisconsin-Madison

$1,000Molly SimmonsUniversity of Tennessee - Chattanooga
$500Christian AulbachJohn Jay College of Criminal Justice
$500Helen HoDuke University
$500Kristin SchultesUniversity of Michigan
$500Michelle ZipersteinUniversity of Florida


Winners of the 2007 Essay Scholarship

2007 Essay Topic:

“300 Million Americans! In October 2006, the U.S. population reached 300 million. Is a population of this size sustainable in the long term? If not, what population size would be sustainable and why?”

AwardWinner NameSchool


Zhihan Chen

Harvard College

$500Bryan JacksonNorthern Illinois University
$500Nicholas MurrayCalifornia Polytechnic State University
$500Carolyn TaylorIndiana University


Winners of the 2006 Essay Scholarship

2006 Essay Topic:

“Should the United States’ government pursue population policies to protect our quality of life for future generations?”

AwardWinner NameSchool


Craig Huneke

National University

$1,000Ashley ReynoldsOklahoma State University
$500Renee WasserGoucher College
$500Vincent HarrisBaylor University
$500Sareena DallaHarvard University

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