Morris Judd Undergraduate Essay Prize

The Morris Judd Undergraduate Essay Prize is awarded to the best undergraduate essay submitted on any topic in the values area. The prize comes with a cash award of $500 as well as formal recognition of the honor at the Department’s spring commencement ceremony. The competition is open to all current CU undergraduates with a major or minor in Philosophy.
In order to be eligible for consideration, a paper must be one that was written for a course in the Philosophy Department at CU at the 2000 level or higher during any term in the previous year, though it may be a revised version of that paper, and the paper must have received a grade of A or A- when it was submitted for that course.  Papers must be no more than 4,000 words long and each student may submit only one paper.
The prize is named for Morris Judd, a former Instructor in the Philosophy Department at CU who taught a variety of courses including several in the values area.  The Department held Judd to be an outstanding teacher, but his appointment at the University was discontinued in the early 1950s when he refused to answer questions about whether he had ever been a Communist.  You can find more information about his story here:
To enter the 2018 competition, students must submit two documents: (1) a copy of the paper (as a Word document if possible) that does not contain the student’s name and (2) a document containing the student’s name, e-mail address, title of the paper, word count, course the paper was written for, semester in 2017 when the course was taken, name of the course instructor, and affirmation that the student is a philosophy major or minor.  Submissions, as well as any queries about the competition, should be sent to  The deadline for submission is Friday, March 16.

Past recipients of the Morris Judd Undergraduate Essay Prize:

  • Toby Bollig (2018)

The Morris Judd Scholarship for Philosophy Majors

Undergraduate Philosophy majors at CU Boulder are eligible to apply for this scholarship. In selecting recipients, the department will take into account academic excellence, contributions to the university’s philosophical community, and need. Applications from women and other protected groups are particularly encouraged. The award amount is $2000 for one academic year.

A complete application for the Morris Judd Scholarship includes:

  • One Letter of Recommendation (from a faculty member in the Philosophy Department)
  • A One-Page (Single-Spaced) Personal Statement

In composing the personal statement, applicants should comment on their particular interests and projects in philosophy, as well as their post-college plans. In addition, they may elaborate on any special circumstances they would like the selection committee to consider, such as academic awards or honors, involvement in community outreach, bringing a unique or diverse perspective to the Department or the CU Boulder campus, and personal hardship or disadvantage (financial or otherwise).

The Morris Judd Scholarship is named after Morris Judd, who in the early 1950s was a faculty member in CU Boulder’s Philosophy Department. Although he was an outstanding teacher, his appointment was terminated when he and 50 other faculty members, staff, and students were investigated for alleged ties to the Communist Party.

Eligible students may apply for the Morris Judd Scholarship through the AcademicWorks portal, accessible through myCUinfo. The scholarship is awarded on an annual basis, with applications due April 15.

Past recipients of the Morris Judd Scholarship:

  • Mattie McGarey (2018)

The Socrates Prize

The Socrates Prize is awarded each year at Spring Commencement to the undergraduate philosophy major with the highest overall GPA.

Past recipients of the Socrates Prize:

  • Toby Bollig (2018)