Nicholas D. and Anna G. Ricco Ethics Scholarship Fund

This Nick and Anna Ricco Ethics Scholarship Fund has been created to promote intellectual debate and discussion on ethics as related to the applicant’s focus of study at the University of North Texas. It is intended to stimulate the applicants to new heights of reasoning and self-discipline. The ultimate result will be a higher level of ethical understanding in one’s area of study and daily life. By applying for this scholarship, students will recognize and better comprehend the need for a higher understanding of ethics in their personal and professional lives.


Nicholas and Anna Ricco
Ethics Awards Scholarship Competition 2016





  • $1,000 will be given to each student winner in the thirteen schools and colleges of UNT.
  • There will be recognition of two honorable mentions as well as the winner in each college or school.
  • Award funds will be deposited into the winners’ student accounts at UNT, or provided by check to those who are graduating in Spring 2016.


Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum entrance and continuing academic performance standards in place at the school or college in effect at the time of any award
  • Full or part-time enrollment in any undergraduate or graduate degree-granting program at UNT.
  • Submit a 1,000-word maximum essay, double-spaced excluding bibliography. The essay will highlight what the applicant believes to be the epitome of ethical behavior in his or her focus of study or field of business. Students may use any UNT faculty member for guidance in this competition.
  • All participants must agree to the posting of his or her name and essay to the college’s website, if declared the winner.


  • Write about any ethical issue related to your major or any personal ethical dilemma. Note:  These are only suggestions. Students may write about any topic, as long as it explores the theme of ethics.
  • In less than 1,000 words, the applicant should identify a real, complex and interesting ethical dilemma. Use at least one case study to present the dilemma.
  • The essay must be the original work of the student. It should also be an unpublished work.
  • All essays must be written in English.
  • Essays should be titled and typed in double-space and submitted electronically as a PDF.


  • Faculty members in each school or college will evaluate the essays and choose a winner, along with two alternates.
  • Applicants may be asked to present their papers. UNT schools and colleges have the option to request applicants make formal presentations to the panel and other invited guests.
  • The top three essays may be made available on each of the websites of the schools and colleges at UNT to the student body for edification and feedback.


  • Each college can create its own deadline but the top three should be submitted to Cory L. Armstrong, Director, Mayborn School of Journalism, by 5 p.m. on March 27, 2016
  • Entries will be submitted electronically to the head of the academic panel for your school, as noted below.
  • Essays to be submitted must be uploaded as a PDF.
  • Submission of essay will be sent in an email stating your name, email address, a telephone number, status in school, title of essay and college in which you are enrolled at UNT.
  • No paper or hard-copy submissions will be accepted.


  • Each college will have its own contact person. The contact for the College of Engineering is Dr. Nandika D'Souza.
  • Please contact Dr. Cory L. Armstrong, Director, Mayborn School of Journalism, by email at or by calling 565-3757 with any questions.

This year's deadline for the College of Engineering was March 13, 2016

The top three names should be submitted to Cory L. Armstrong, Director, Mayborn School of Journalism at by 5 p.m. on March 27, 2016.