Jan. 09, 2003
Contact: Ward Mullens


$50,000 Grant Earmarked for Honors Students at Eastern Michigan

YPSILANTI &endash; The combined donations of Eastern Michigan University and the DaimlerChrysler Corporation Fund have created a $50,000 grant for the University's Honors Program. DaimlerChrysler recently donated $25,000 and EMU matched that with an additional $25,000. The grant will fund twenty awards of $2,500 each for undergraduate research towards departmental honors theses.

"This generous gift will fund something the program has long needed-&emdash;a substantial award for students doing advanced work in their majors," said Mark Higbee, interim director, honors program, and associate professor, history. "All too often high-achieving students want to do additional research but lack either the extra time or money necessary to make that happen. These awards allow us to ask our students for more effort, rather than less, by giving them the extra support they need."

The honors program, founded in 1984, provides special opportunities for EMU's most academically qualified students. The more than 900 student members must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.3, earn honors credit on a regular basis and complete 30 hours of community service in order to remain in the program. Many of these students present their research during EMU's prestigious Undergraduate Symposium in March.

Honors students interested in the awards can access information, requirements and an application online at, or by calling the honors program, 487-0341. The application deadline is 4 p.m., Friday, Jan. 17, 2003.