Eberly Common Reader Essay Contest

  • The Eberly College of Business offers scholarship opportunities each fall semester in the form of an annual essay contest on the Common Reader. Students are encouraged to participate in the contest as an enrichment opportunity beyond the classroom.

    High Expectations are the Key to Everything2016–17 Common Reader

    High Expectations are the Key to Everything

    by Michael and Sheryl Bergdahl

    2015–16 Common Reader

    They Don't Teach Corporate in College: A Twenty-Something's Guide to the Business World
    by Alexandra Levit

    2014–15 Common Reader

    Managing the Millennials: Discover the Core Competencies for Managing Today's Workforce
    by Chip Espinoza and Mick Ukleja

    The Happiness Advantage2013–14 Common Reader

    The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work
    by Shawn Achor

    Notable quotes:

    “Achor transports us to his virtual classroom, a journey along which we glean the seven secrets of happiness. The Happiness Advantage reveals the most important discoveries coming out of modern psychology.”
    — Rom Brafman, bestselling co-author of Sway and Click

    “Achor bases his training on a burgeoning body of research on the positive psychology movement, which emphasizes instilling resiliency and positive attitudes . . .”
    Wall Street Journal

    Read about the 2013–14 contest.

    2012–13 Common Reader

    That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back
    by Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum

    Read about the 2012–13 winners.
    Read about the introduction of the Eberly Common Reader.