The Independent Women’s Forum is pleased to announce the winners for our 2009-2010 college essay contest. We asked full-time, female undergraduate students to answer the following question:

Many campus coffee shops boast that they “proudly serve fair trade coffee,” but does the fair trade movement actually make a difference in the lives of the poor and disadvantaged?  Is free trade also fair trade?

The awards include:  First Place Award – $5,000, Second Place Award – $2,000, Third Place – $1,000, and Ten Honorable Mentions – $250.

After reviewing hundreds of essays from across the country, our prestigious panel of judges selected the following winners. 

1st Place: Alana Goodman, University of Massachusetts

2nd Place: Madeline F. Kane, New York University

3rd Place: Lauren M. Vally, UCLA

Honorable mention:

Shelle Barnes, Kaplan University
Tess E. Brewer, Florida State University
Yangyang Guo, Duke University
Yueyue Guo, Dartmouth College
Kelly J. King, International Academy of Design & Technology
Marina D. Lauck, Florida Atlantic University
Arthi Rabbane, University of Texas
Marina Resciniti, University of Scranton
Ashley N. Reynolds, Oklahoma State University
Anna Swartz, Hillsdale College

Please join IWF in congratulating these outstanding individuals.