The Adelphi University Women’s Giving Circle (WGC) is conducting an essay contest open to all Adelphi University students who are members of the Class of 2023.

This year each winner will be presented a check for $1,500 and an additional $500 will be donated to a charity of their choice.

Topic: Philanthropy

In your essay, please respond to the following questions: “To the Women’s Giving Circle members, philanthropy is so much more than making financial donations. It includes helping others through volunteering your time and talents as well as performing charitable acts and other good works. How have you personally been involved with philanthropic efforts while a student at Adelphi? Describe your involvement and what you have learned from your experience. Looking ahead, how will philanthropy fit into your life beyond Adelphi?”

Criteria for Essay Submission

Eligibility – Each entrant must be an Adelphi University undergraduate senior or graduate student, graduating in May or August of 2023 and in good standing.

Format – Your entry must be typed, doubled spaced with 1 inch margins utilizing Calibri font (12); in 500 words or less. Essays that exceed the 500-word limit will not be accepted.

Please include only your Student ID number in the top left corner of your essay submission.


The Office of University Advancement submissions must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. (Eastern) on March 3, 2023.

Selection Process

An undergraduate and graduate winner will be selected based on the clarity and potency of message, plus compliance with entrance criteria. All submissions become the property of the WGC and may be used by the WGC in accordance with their mission.


The selected winning essay will be announced at the Women’s Leadership Conference on Saturday, March 25, 2023, at the Ruth S. Harley University Center.


Please submit your application and essay using the form below.

  • Email address will not be attached to your essay. It will be used only by the system to send you an automated confirmation. Your essay must only have your student ID on it for anonymity.
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Erin Gayron
Senior Director of Advancement Major and Planning Giving
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