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Political Science Department

College of Arts & Sciences

Philo Sherman Bennett Prize in Political Science

The Philo S. Bennett Prize is awarded to a junior, senior or graduate student at the University of Wyoming for the best essay discussing the principles of free government written during the previous calendar year (spring, summer or fall term). Papers considered can be written for courses in American Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, UW Honors Program or other appropriate disciplines; for Master's theses or other capstone projects in a graduate program in American Studies, Philosophy, Political Science or other appropriate disciplines; or as original research programs conducted for the Philo S. Bennett Prize. The prize is supported by an endowment created by William Jennings Bryan as executer of the estate of Philo S. Bennett, a Connecticut businessman.

History of the Prize: Philo Sherman Bennett's 1905 will stated: "I give and bequeath to Wm. J. Bryan of Lincoln the sum of ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00), in trust, however, to pay to twenty-five colleges or universities, to be selected by him, the sum of four hundred ($400.00) each, said sum of four hundred dollars ($400.00) to be invested by each college receiving the same and the annual proceeds used for a prize for the best essay discussing the principal of free government."

The winner of the competition will receive a monetary award and will be honored at the annual Political Science Awards Banquet held late in the spring.

Previous Winners

Mikole Bede

The 2012 award recipient was Mikole Bede.


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