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2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Annual Awards

As part of our 2018 MLK Celebration, scheduled for January 11 - 16, 2018, EMU continues its tradition of recognizing individuals from within the University and surrounding community who exemplify the values and ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Each year, a key part of the celebration is the presentation of three awards at the MLK Day President's Luncheon, to be held on January 15, 2018. These awards include the:

  • MLK Student Scholarship
  • MLK Humanitarian Award
  • Evans-Strand Peace Award

Nominations for these awards will be accepted through Wednesday, November 15, 2017 by 5 p.m.

A brief description of each award with criteria follows.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Scholarship

The MLK Student Scholarship recognizes an EMU student who exemplifies the values and ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The criteria for the selection of the student of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Scholarship includes:

  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 for the fall 2017 and winter 2018 semesters at Eastern Michigan University (minimum of 12 credit hours for undergraduate students or 8 credit hours for graduate students each semester, with an exception allowed for April 2018 graduating students)
  4. Be in good academic and judicial standing with the University.

The MLK Student Scholarship is made possible through an endowment fund.The 2018 award recipient will be honored at the Martin Luther King, Jr. President's Luncheon on Monday, January 15, 2018. The $1000 scholarship will be credited to the awardee's student account for the winter 2018 semester.

Individual students may submit their own application or be nominated by another individual or group.

Nominations must include all of the following:

  1. A completed Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Scholarship Award Application.
  2. An essay of no more than two typewritten pages describing the nominee's achievements and qualifications related to the award purpose as stated above.
  3. One letter of support (minimum) from an EMU faculty or staff member.

Completed nomination materials must be received by the Office of Financial Aid by email at fa_scholarships@emich.edu, or by submitting in-person to Service EMU (268 Student Center or 240 McKenny Hall) by Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

Only complete 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 15, 2018.

Click here for the application.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award

The MLK Humanitarian Award recognizes individuals from within the University and surrounding community who exemplify the values and ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The criteria for the selection of recipients of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award include:

  1. A faculty or staff 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; and
  3. A person who has made a significant contribution to the University and/or broader community.

Nominations must include all of the following:

  1. A completed Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award Application
  2. Letter of nomination
  3. One letter of support (minimum)
  4. Resume/CV of the nominee.

Completed nomination materials must be received by the EMU Office of Government and Community Relations, 207 Welch Hall or by email to Lauren Ely at government.community@emich.edu by Wednesday, November 15, 2017 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 15, 2018.

Click here for the application. 

 

Click here for a comprehensive list of past MLK Humanitarian Awards.

 

Evans Strand Peace Award

The Evans-Strand Peace 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 $1000 cash award and an award medallion. Each year's award recipient will be listed on a plaque in a permanent campus location and honored at the EMU Martin Luther King, Jr. President's Luncheon on Monday, January 15, 2018.

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. The criteria for the selection of the recipient of the Evans-Strand Peace Award includes:

  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 academic and judicial standing with EMU.
  3. Must demonstrate significant contribution to enhanced understanding and peace between diverse persons or groups at EMU.

Nominations must include all of the following:

  1. A completed application.
  2. An essay that describes activities or projects, including scholarly papers, which enhance understanding of and promote peace among diverse populations at EMU.
  3. At least two (2) signed letters of recommendation from EMU faculty or staff.

Completed nomination materials must be received in-person at Service EMU (268 Student Center or 240 McKenny Hall) or by email to fa_scholarships@emich.edu by Wednesday, November 15, 2017 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 15, 2018.

Click here for the application.

 

For more information on any of the awards, please contact Lauren Ely at government.community@emich.edu.

 

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