Honors Giving Back Awards

Through the Honors Giving Back Awards, 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 or special Covid-19 responsive service.

2) Indication and explanation of connection to academic work (e.g., course, project, research, internship, study abroad) or Covid-19 efforts.


Submit a 2-3 minute video/slide or other visual submission that tells the story of your community engagement. Submissions will be accepted by sending a file or YouTube or Vimeo link to honors@msu.edu. The deadline for submission is March 25, 11:59pm EST.

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 or Covid-19 efforts
  • Demonstration of working outside one’s comfort zone
  • Reflection on personal growth
  • Quality of the presentation/video

Awards will be given at a colloquium and awards ceremony featuring the finalists on March 31, 2021, from 5pm-6pm EST. 

Made possible by:

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2021 Finalists:

Eliot Haddad 

"COVID-19 Service" 

Viji Jambunathan

"Covid-19 service; pre-med perspective podcast" 

Amy Montalbano

Avery Tillery 

"Fisheries and Wildlife | Molecular Genetics and Genomics" 

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"