GRDCEP – Georgia Laws of Life Essay Contest

Victoria Banyard, professor of psychology, will join researchers from Sewanee University and Marquette University to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the Laws of Life Essay Contest, to determine if the world-wide project, sponsored by the Templeton Foundation, has a lasting impact on participants.

“The Laws of Life Essay Contest helped my students with their writing skills...”

The Laws of Life Essay Contest was first held in 1987. The contest is endorsed by the National School Boards Association and is on the National Association of Secondary School Principals’ National Advisory List of Student Contests and Activities. The purpose of The Laws of Life Essay Contest is to allow for students to determine the values which will guide them throughout their lives.


The Georgia Laws of Life Essay Contest

“The Laws of Life Essay Contest helped my students with their writing skills...”

Sir John believed that there exists a set of rules which can make our lives more happy and successful if we lived by them. He called these rules the Laws of Life. Sir John believed that such rules could come from many sources, including ancient religious texts and scientific enquiry. He often encouraged people to think about their own rules, and pioneered the first Laws of Life Essay Contest to help school-aged children think about the laws which they want to live by.


The Better Business Bureau Center for Character Ethics has joined forces with the John Templeton Foundation to promote this enriching essay contest for youth. The BBB Laws of Life Essay Contest is one of the BBB Center's premier "future workforce" programs aimed at developing the character of today's students so they become the ethical, responsible and trustworthy employees and citizens of tomorrow. The BBB Center for Character Ethics mission is to provide exemplary programming that the 122 Better Business Bureaus around the US and Canada can adopt in their areas. Some BBBs have already adopted the contest and sponsor regional contests for winners of local Laws of Life contests in their service area. The purpose of the regional contests is to encourage schools and communities to sponsor the local contests that create the character-rich dialogues and inspirational writing experiences for the youth in their area. The Laws of Life Essay Contest is one of the ways we can help young people understand the importance of adopting and staying true to their own values. It is the secret to making the most of the talents we each possess, and that is what I call success."