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High School Ethics Bowl

High school students from Eastern Pennsylvania institutions are invited to participate in a ethical dilemma business ethics case study.

The Ethics Bowl Competition is a way for high school students to learn more about current business ethics by presenting their ethical views on a business case study before a panel of  faculty and business executives.


One-time scholarships will be awarded to winning team members. Additional academic scholarships will be awarded to winning team members if members attend DeSales University. Scholarships are $2,500 to each first-place team member; $1,500 to each second-place team member; and $1,000 to each third-place team member. These academic scholarships are annual for four years and are only applicable if the team member attends DeSales University.

  • Register early for this exciting and educational event. Space is limited to 10 teams, with one team (4-5 members) per school.
  • Registrations will be accepted beginning August 1st on a first come, first serve basis. After September 15, we will open registration to a second team from participating schools if there are spots still available. 
  • If 10 teams don't register by the deadline, a lottery will be held for those schools who would like to send a second team.
  • This year's case will focus on college athletics. Teams will have access to the case starting on August 1st or once the team registers online.


High School Ethics Bowl - DeSales

For questions or to register, please contact: 

Dr. Amy Scott, Division of Business Associate Professor
2018 Fleming High School Ethics Bowl Chair
610-282-1100, Ext. 1894

Verdiana Quinn
Administrative Assitant
610-282-1100, Ext. 1377

Download the 2019 Registration Form

Details about the High School Ethics Bowl

  • Schedule of Events

    • 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. 
      Registration and Breakfast 
      Commonwealth Room
    • 8:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. 
      Welcome & Opening Remarks 
      Commonwealth Room
    • 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.
      First Round 
      Assigned Rooms
    • 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 
      Commonwealth Room
    • 12:15 p.m.
      Announcement of Finalists & Presentation Order
      Commonwealth Room
    • 1:00, 1:45 & 2:30 p.m.
      Final Round Presentations
    • 3:30 p.m. 
      Closing Remarks and Award Announcements
      Commonwealth Room
  • The Contest

    First Round

    • Each team is provided with the case study in advance and asked to respond to specific questions.
    • Teams present to a panel of judges; presentations are not to exceed 20 minutes.
    • Presentations are followed by questioning from the judges (not to exceed 15 minutes). 
    • A moderator in each room is responsible for keeping time and concluding the presentations and questions at the appropriate times.
    • At the conclusion of each presentation, the judges have an additional 5 minutes to complete their evaluation forms. The forms will then be collected. 
    • At the conclusion of the first round, the judges will have time as a group to deliberate before the finalists are announced during lunch. All evaluation forms will be available for review by the judges during their deliberation period. 
    • Three teams will be selected to advance to the final round. 

    Final Round   

    • Finalists will be provided with a “twist” related to the original case and given 45 minutes to prepare a response. 
    • The teams will then present their decision to the full panel of judges; the presentations are not to exceed 15 minutes and will be followed by questioning from the judges not to exceed 15 minutes. 
    • A moderator will once again be responsible for monitoring and calling time.
    • At the conclusion of the final round, the judges will be given time to deliberate before the final placement of each team is announced
  • Judging Criteria

    The Content of the Presentation

    • Clearly distinguishes between ethics and law.
    • Clearly articulates the ethical considerations in arriving at their stated position.
    • Demonstrates knowledge/understanding of ethical behavior within a business environment.
    • Applies decision-making principles and techniques to a situation with an ethical dilemma.
    • Makes a clear and compelling case for their stated position.

    The Presentation

    • Demonstrates clarity and quality of expression.
    • Demonstrates thoughtful organization of ideas.
    • Showes evidence of mature judgment.
    • Includes effective participation by all team members.
    • Team conduct of a professional manner.
    • Overall impression and responses to the judge’s questions.