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Humanitarian Award & Evans Strand Scholarship Information

Each year, the University presents the Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Awards at the MLK President's Luncheon. The 2014 luncheon will be held next year on Monday, January 20, 2014. These awards recognize individuals from within the University and the surrounding community who exemplify the values and ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Nominations for the 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Awards are currently being accepted.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award Criteria

Non-Student:

The criteria for the selection of recipients of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian (non-student) Award include:

  1. a member of the University community or of the broader community;
  2. a person who exemplifies the values and ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., specifically in the areas of leadership and service; or
  3. a person who has made a significant contribution to the University and/or broader community.

Nominations must include all of the following:

  1. letter of nomination;
  2. one letter of support; and
  3. resume/CV of the nominee.

Completed nomination materials must be received by the Office of Government and Community Relations (207 Welch Hall or via e-mail to LGreden@emich.edu)by Monday, December 16, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. Only completed applications will be considered. Late applications will not be accepted.

The award will be presented to the recipient – or in the case of a memorial award to representatives of the recipient's family – at the Martin Luther King, Jr. President's Luncheon on Monday, January 20, 2014.

Students:

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Humanitarian Award is made possible through an endowment. The award is for $1,000 and will be presented at the President's Luncheon on Monday, January 20, 2014. The scholarship will be credited to the recipient's student account for the 2014 winter semester.

The criteria for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Humanitarian Award include all of the following:

  1. a commitment to promoting respect and improving the quality of life for all people consistent with the ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.;
  2. service to Eastern Michigan University and/or the southeastern Michigan community;
  3. full-time enrollment at EMU for the fall 2013 and winter 2014 semesters (minimum of 12 credit hours for undergraduate students or 8 credit hours for graduate students each semester, although seniors scheduled to graduate in April 2014 need not meet the 12-credit hour minimum); and
  4. being in good standing with the University.

Nominations must include all of the following:

  1. a completed Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Humanitarian Award application, copies of which are located online at www.emich.edu/finaid/ and at the Office of Financial Aid (403 Pierce Hall);
  2. a completed essay of no more than two typed pages discussing the nominee's achievements and qualifications related to the Award purpose as stated above; and
  3. one letter of support which must be from an Eastern Michigan University faculty or staff member.

Completed application materials must be received by the Office of Financial Aid (403 Pierce Hall or via e-mail to fa_scholarships@emich.edu) by Monday, December 16, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. Only completed applications will be considered. Late applications will not be accepted.

The award will be presented to the recipient at the Martin Luther King, Jr. President's Luncheon on Monday, January 20, 2014.

Evans Strand Scholarship Information

This $1,000 award, modeled after the Nobel Peace Prize, annually recognizes an individual for significant contributions that advance the understanding and acceptance of diversity at EMU. Award recipients receive a cash award and an award medallion. Each year's award recipients will be listed on a plaque in a permanent campus location and honored at the EMU Martin Luther King Day celebration on Monday, January 20, 2014.

Applicants are asked to submit an essay, maximum five (5) typed pages addressing each of the criteria listed below. This essay can be completed either by the nominee or by the person nominating the student.

  1. Must be an EMU student currently enrolled or have graduated within the 12 months preceding the semester of the award.
  2. Nominated student must be in good standing with EMU.
  3. Must demonstrate significant contribution to enhanced understanding and peace between diverse persons or groups.
  4. Discuss activities or projects, including scholarly papers, which enhance understanding of and promote peace among diverse populations at EMU.
  5. Include at least two (2) signed letters of recommendation from EMU faculty or staff.

All applications must be submitted in person to the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Office, 214 Pray Harrold.

Click here for the application.

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