Dr. Michael N. Compton Public Affairs Essay Contest

2024 contest information coming soon!

Helping develop Citizen Scholars through pubic affairs.

Group picture of 2023 recipients

Sigma Pi members congratulate the 2023 awardees from left to right, Ashley Foster, Alyssa Xiong, Olivia Grandberry, Jordan Fleske and Timothy Wellman. Oliver Grace not pictured.   

Congratulations 2023 recipients!  


Timothy G. Wellman
Political Science, senior

Received $1,500 plus $500 to a charity or non-profit of choice.  Made possible by IDEAL (Sigma Pi Fraternity's alumni non-profit).  

Nonprofit donation:  Children's Hope International

Nonprofit check for 2023

Shown L to R:  Sigma Pi's Essay Contest student coordinator, Conor Parkinson and contest winner, Timothy Wellman.    


Received $300 MSU Bookstore gift cards sponsored by the Political Science Department. 

Ashley Foster  |  Economics, junior

Alyssa Xiong  |  Biology, junior


Received $125 check sponsored by IDEAL.

Olivia Grandberry,  Psychology, senior 

Oliver Grace, Political Science/Biology, senior

Jordan Fleske - English Education, freshman



Questions & Disclaimer

Missouri State's Office of Public Affairs Support assists with the campus administration portions of the contest.  Contact 417-836-8832 or PublicAffairs@MissouriState.edu

All aspects of this essay contest, including prize distribution, is at the discretion of IDEAL and the essay review committee.