Walter S. and Syrena M. Howell Essay Contest $4,000 Essay Scholarship and Prize

$3,000 ESSAY SCHOLARSHIP Plus a $1,000 PRIZE

Students wishing to apply for this scholarship and prize must write an essay. The student who writes the best essay in 1,500-2,500 words will be awarded the ($3,000) scholarship and ($1,000) prize.

The goal of the Howell Essay Scholarship is to encourage students to analyze propaganda, as defined as, “the use of unproved and/or unverifiable assumptions in a report or statement of allegations reflecting the view and interests of its advocates.”

Deadline is 11:59 p.m., Sunday, January 22, 2017

Essay Topic

Please examine the use of propaganda during the 2016 presidential contest about statements that the election was rigged. Cite claims of fraud in traditional and social media that might undermine faith in U.S. elections.  Explain what role, if any, the news media should play in upholding the integrity of elections.

Essay Guidelines

Your essay should be 1,500–2,500 words. Consideration will be given to analyses with critical thinking and research, including — but not limited to — Web searches, interviews with experts on the subject and links to examples. Sources must be properly cited. Essay may be presented in a written or multimedia form. Multimedia essays should include scripts for any video content. Students may also produce multimedia elements to supplement a written essay.

Submit Your Entry

Submit your entry at Written content should be in a Word or PDF document. Do NOT include your name or any other identifying information in your essay file.

Only students with majors in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences are eligible. The winner will be notified shortly after the deadline.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Undergraduate MSU students with majors in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences are eligible.
  • The scholarship will be disbursed to use in either Summer or Fall semester, 2017.
  • Those graduating May 2017 are not eligible.

Questions can be directed to Joe Grimm at

Deadline: 11:59 p.m. Sunday, January 22, 2017

About This Contest

This contest and scholarship were established by Grant Howell, former editor of The (Royal Oak) Daily Tribune, in memory of his parents, Walter and Syrena Howell.

This scholarship and award are given annually to an undergraduate MSU student who writes the best essay examining media bias, a subject of deep concern to Howell. He was a feisty newsman, in the best sense of the word, always wanting his staff and his newspaper to cover the news fairly, objectively and honestly.

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