Monato Essay Competition Seeks UW’s Best Rural Health Paper

SAUK CITY – The Rural WI Health Cooperative announced the 26th Annual Rural Health Essay Competition. The $2,500 prize, established in 1993, is open to anyone who has been a student at the University of Wisconsin (UW) within the preceding year (all campuses, programs, undergraduate, graduate, resident, fellows, part-time, and non-degree included). The competition was established to honor the memory of Hermes Monato, Jr., a December 1990 graduate, as well as to highlight the importance of rural health. Hermes worked at the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative (RWHC) for only a few years but his infectious spirit and creative mind left rural health an enduring legacy.

The writer of the winning essay will receive a check for $2,500 paid from a trust fund established at the University of Wisconsin by RWHC, and family and friends of Hermes Monato, Jr.

There are no rigid requirements for the length, format, etc. To date, winning papers have ranged from first person essays to formal “journal ready” articles. Please note that papers already written for a class or other purposes during the previous twelve months are also eligible for this competition.

Entries must be submitted by Thursday, June 1, 2018 to: Monica Seiler, Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative, 880 Independence Lane, Sauk City, Wisconsin 53583 (or by email:

Please include the writer’s name, contact information (address, email, phone), academic program and expected date of graduation on a separate cover sheet. Information regarding past winners is available at: