Charles M. Bauervic Foundation Inc. Northwood University Mackinac Center for Public Policy

2023 Bauervic Essay Competition

High school and college students are invited to submit an essay on the following topic: Censorship, Fake News and Viewpoint Discrimination: What is the role of the government versus market forces in enabling free and responsible speech?

All high school students are eligible, including private and public school students, homeschooled students and international students.

Currently enrolled Northwood University undergraduate students and Northwood University DeVos Graduate School students are eligible to participate in the college competition.

Details

2023 Topic

Censorship, Fake News and Viewpoint Discrimination: What is the role of the government versus market forces in enabling free and responsible speech?

High School Cash Prizes

  • 1st place: $1,000
  • 2nd place: $750
  • 3rd place: $500

College Cash Prizes

  • 1st place: $2,000
  • 2nd place: $1,500
  • 3rd place: $1,000
  • 4th place: $500

Important Dates

November 3
Lessons from the Robber Barons: Monopolies and Markets.
Gain insights into this complex topic that you can apply to your essay.
Watch the recording of this event here.

January 19
Essay Workshop. This workshop is designed to help participants of the 2023 Bauervic essay contest develop their essays. Experts will be on hand to answer questions about the essay topic, point students to helpful resources and provide writing tips.

March 1
Deadline to submit your essay.

March 30
Winners announced.

How to submit your essay

All essays must be submitted on or before March 1, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.

Save your document in PDF format and submit it to:

bauervic.essay@northwood.edu

Indicate whether you are a high school student or a Northwood student by including your school name in the subject line.

Essay Details

  • Minimum essay length is 1,500 words.

  • Include a cover page with your name and contact information (name, address, email and telephone number).

  • Double space your essay.

  • Use 12-point font size.

  • Use a common font such as: New Times Roman, Calibri or Arial.

  • Essays are not required to follow APA or MLA writing/style guidelines. However, if you should choose a style guide, we recommend APA Style Guide (6th Edition, 2009 or 7th Edition, 2020).

  • All submitted work must be original. Essays will be checked for plagiarism and those with plagiarized content will be disqualified.

Additional Details

  • Please submit your essay in PDF format.

  • Students will receive a submission confirmation email within 48 hours of submission.

  • Late submissions will not be accepted.

  • Winning essays may be published by Northwood University and/or the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

  • All entrants authorize Northwood University and/or the Mackinac Center for Public Policy to use their image (photograph) in promotion of the event (i.e. following the announcement of the essay competition winners a press release will be prepared by the University wherein the identity of the winning authors will be announced).

  • A rubric will be used to evaluate the essays. Please note that this is a college level rubric. However, the judges will consider the educational level of each individual that enters the competition (graduate student, undergraduate student or high school student). Please do not let the rubric be a barrier to your entry. If you have any questions, please email us at: bauervic.essay@northwood.edu.

2022 High School Essay Contest Winners

We are pleased and honored to announce the winners of the 2022 High School Bauervic Essay Competition. Congratulations to all the recipients!

First Place: Alexander Noel Tokarev

Essay: COVID Mandates and Liberty

Third Place: Lilliana Bernier

Essay: Mandatory vaccination, vaccine mandates, and liberty essay


Read about our winning contestants here.