Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Annual Awards

As part of our 2019 MLK Celebration, scheduled for January 17–22, 2019, 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 21, 2019. These awards include the:

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

Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Scholarship

The purpose of the Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Award is to recognize an Eastern Michigan University student who has demonstrated:

  • A commitment to promoting respect and improving the quality of life for all people consistent with the ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Service to Eastern Michigan University and/or the southeastern Michigan community.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship is made possible through an endowment fund. The 2019 award recipient will be honored at the Martin Luther King, Jr. President’s Luncheon on Monday, January 21, 2019. The $1000 scholarship will be credited to the recipient's student account for the winter 2019 semester.

  • A completed Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Scholarship Award Application [PDF].
  • An essay of no more than two typewritten pages discussing the nominee's achievements and qualifications.
  • One letter of support from an Eastern Michigan University faculty or staff member.
  • Full time enrollment for the fall 2018 and winter 2019 semesters at Eastern Michigan University (exception allowed for April 2019 graduating seniors).
  • Be in good academic and judicial standing with the University.

All application materials must be received by 5 p.m. on Thursday, November 15, 2018. Please email your application to fa_scholarships@emich.edu or turn to one of the Service EMU locations (268 Student Center or 240 McKenny Hall).


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 award will be presented to the recipient(s) at the Martin Luther King, Jr. President’s Luncheon on Monday, January 21, 2019.

Nominations for the Humanitarian Award must include:

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

Nominations must include all of the following:

Completed nomination materials can be emailed to government.community@emich.edu or turned in to the EMU Office of Government and Community Relations at 207 Welch Hall (Ypsilanti, MI 48197).

See a comprehensive list of past MLK Humanitarian Awards [PDF].


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 21, 2019.

Individual students may submit their own application or be nominated by another individual or group. In either case, all of the following are required:

  • A completed Evans-Strand Peace Award application [PDF]
  • An essay, maximum five typed pages, double-spaced, discussing activities or projects, including scholarly papers, which enhance understanding of and promote peace among diverse populations at EMU
  • At least two signed letters of recommendation from EMU faculty or staff
  • Currently enrolled or graduated within the 12 months preceding the semester of the award.
  • In good academic and judicial standing with the University.

All application materials must be received by 5 p.m. on Thursday, November 15, 2018. Please email your application to fa_scholarships@emich.edu or turn to one of the Service EMU locations (268 Student Center or 240 McKenny Hall).

Only complete applications will be considered. Late applications will not be accepted.


For more information on any of the awards, please contact the Office of Government and Community Relations at government.community@emich.edu.