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The Undergraduate Student Government of Baruch College (USG) is the governing body representing all undergraduate students at Baruch College.

Bearcat Awards

The Bearcat Awards are an academic competition hosted by the Undergraduate Student Government. This competition recognizes the unique stories, experiences, and achievements of our Baruch College Student Body. 

Submit an essay, answering one of the topics below for a chance to win some money to help with the costs of being a Baruch student. The winner will be honored at our award ceremony on Friday, May 19th.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Andrew Armoogan (

Deadline: Wednesday, May 10, 2016 at 11:59 PM

There will be 2 prizes per award, except the photo contest.

1st Place: $300
2nd Place: $150
Photo Contest: $100

Terms and Rules

1. You must be a current Baruch College Undergraduate Student to qualify.
2. Each Student can submit a MAXIMUM of two essay responses, but can only win one.
3. Essays must be at least 2 pages, with a maximum of 5 pages.
4. Do not plagiarize anything! We, the Academic Affairs committee and Baruch U.S.G., fully support the colleges policy of plagiarism, and violators will be disqualified.

If you do not meet all of these requirements, your submission will not be considered.

Essay Categories:

Please submit your essay(s) to Andrew Armoogan. Please indicate which Essay Topic you are submitting in the Subject of your email. Please also title your File Submission the category in which you are applying to and your name

You MUST submit a separate email for each category!

Achieving Bearcat

What are you proud of? What is something you accomplished that helped you become a better person? In life, we often learn things about ourselves during the strangest of times in the most unthinkable places. It could be a lesson you learned long ago or something you learned last week. Either way, it’s a lesson that will stick with you forever and has made you a better person. What goals did you set for yourself? Did you accomplish them, and what did you learn from this experience?

 Unique Bearcat

In a sea of over 15,000 undergraduate students it’s hard to be unique, right? Wrong! We’re all unique and we all have different stories as to how we got here. What’s your story and who helped create it? Who influenced it and how have they helped influence the next chapter in your life story?

Spirited Bearcat

Think you’re the Bearcat with the most school spirit? Prove it! What makes you so enthusiastic about Baruch? Why do you enjoy coming to this giant building in Midtown everyday? Is it the people? The culture? The food? Tell us so we can be just as pumped about our school as you are!

The Passionate Bearcat

As humans, we all have a need to find something that we are passionate about. Whether it’s a video game, hobby, or talent, we all have something that we feel really strongly about. Why are you so passionate about this certain thing? How did you get into it? How has it helped you grow as a person?

Leader of the Pack

Some say leaders are people that inspire others in special ways, that allows others to gravitate towards them. In nature, however, leaders are ruthless creatures that assert dominance in order to maintain control. How do you define leadership and what are some examples of times you “led the pack”?

Photo contest: Smile for the Camera

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Can you capture the essence of being a Baruch student in one picture?


Email your essay Here!