This year at Towson University we had zero applicants for a scholarship given in the Econ department. Respondents had to write all of three pages to bring home the prize, but that was too much to ask, I guess. The topic was about the negative effects of subsidies, which are many and easy to point out. Very disappointing, when all they needed to do was to look at something like this!
Another article on water, but I'm not sure exactly what this one is advocating. It seems to say something like, "Water quality is degrading, but centralized solutions aren't the answer," but then it's not clear what the answers are, other than being more environmental in general. I'm open to any alternate solutions they can come up with!