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 26, 2018.

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 on a date that will be announced shortly 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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2018 Award Recipients:

Claire Gapare
Grand Prize Recipient
"Promoting Reproductive Health Among Zimbabwean Girls"

Eric Locker
2nd Prize
"Handchime Choir for All Abilities"

Emily Banach
3rd Prize
"Rainwater Collection for a School in Tanzania"

Arhin Acheampong
Honorable Mention
"Vision 2020: Action Against Childhood Blindness"

Harshita Das
Honorable Mention
"Spartan Girls Who Code Club"