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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Essay Competition: 'Imagine that you have £5,000,000'

‘Imagine that you have £5,000,000 to distribute to ‘good causes’ and charities in the UK and/or overseas.  Which ‘good causes’ would you give to, and why? How would you ensure that the recipients were able to maximise your gift?'

This is the essay title for the 2015 Zochonis Charitable Trust (ZCT) student essay competition. The aim for the essay is for it to be a ‘thought piece’ around philanthropic and charitable giving and which will provide a new perspective on how giving can be more effective, deliver impact and make a ‘real difference’.

ZCT was set up by the late Sir John Zochonis founder of PZ Cussons, and funds good causes in Manchester, the UK and overseas, with gifts totalling £2.5 million each year. ZCT are long-term supporters of The University, particularly in the areas of outreach and widening participation where they currently support over 50 undergraduate Opportunity Manchester Scholarships for local students from low-income backgrounds.

The details

  • Essays should be no longer than 1,500 words.
  • 1st prize - £750, 2nd prize - £500, 3rd prize - £250
  • The competition is open to Undergraduate students from across the Faculty of Humanities
  • There will be an Awards Lunch during the week of 20 April 2015

The deadline is 5pm, Thursday 5 March 2015. 

Submit essays in .pdf format to

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