Honors Giving Back Competition and Colloquium

Through the Honors Giving Back Competition and Colloquium, the Honors College encourages students to reflect on and share their experiences working in their communities.


$1,500 Grand Prize
$750 Second Place Prize
$250 Third Place Prize

Criteria for Applying:

1) Demonstrated significant and sustained involvement in a local, national, or international community project or organization.

2) Indication and explanation of connection to academic work (e.g., course, project, research, internship, study abroad).


Submit a 2-3 minute video or other multi-media submission that tells the story of your community engagement. Submissions will be accepted by sending a file to honors@msu.edu through WeTransfer, or by sending a YouTube or Vimeo link to honors@msu.edu. Submissions are due March 21, 2019.

Submissions will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Impact – who is helped by the work, magnitude and duration of service
  • Connection of service to academic work and goals
  • Demonstration of working outside one’s comfort zone
  • Reflection on personal growth
  • Quality of the presentation/video

Finalists will be invited for in-person presentations at the Honors Giving Back Competition and Colloquium to be held from 5-6:30 p.m., April 1 in Rooms 207&208, Eustace-Cole Hall. The event is open to students, faculty and the community.

Made Possible By:

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In Partnership With:

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2019 Award Recipients:

Joy Chepkorir
Grand Prize Recipient
"Breast and Cervical Cancer Awareness in Kenyan Women"

Eric Locker
2nd Prize
"Jailhouse Rock"

Sierra Richards
3rd Prize
"Media Sandbox Street Teams"

Evan Brook, Gabriel Moreau, Matt Ring, Aalayah Spencer and Dylan Smith
Honorable Mention
"Ghana Physics Education"

Nyimasata Danjo
Honorable Mention
"Community Engagement"