2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Awards Nominations

October 25, 2017

To Students, Faculty, and Staff:

This year marks the 32nd Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration by Eastern Michigan University. 

This is truly one of Eastern’s hallmark events of the year, and we are pleased with the planning and preparation that is well underway for this year’s celebration. I would like to thank and acknowledge the co-chairs of this year’s event: Ellen Gold, assistant vice president for student well-being, and Jieron Robinson, student employment specialist in the University Advising and Career Development Center.

The theme for this year’s celebration, which will take place from January 11 to January 16, 2018, is: Live the Legacy: Look Back, Be Present, Move Forward. We are proud to host national political analyst and MSNBC host Joy-Ann Reid as our keynote speaker on Monday, January 15.

This year, we will continue our tradition of recognizing individuals from within the University and surrounding community who exemplify the values and ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A key part of the celebration is the presentation of three awards at the MLK Day President’s Luncheon. These awards include the MLK Student Scholarship, MLK Humanitarian Award, and the Evans-Strand Peace Award. A brief description of each award follows:

MLK Student Scholarship  

The MLK Student Scholarship recognizes an EMU student who exemplifies the values and ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The award recipient receives a $1,000 scholarship for the Winter 2018 semester. Nominations for the MLK Student Scholarship Award for an EMU student must include:

  • a completed application
  • a short essay
  • one letter of support from an EMU faculty or staff member.

The application is available online on the MLK Scholarship website. Completed application materials must be received in-person at Service EMU (268 Student Center or 240 McKenny Hall) or by e-mail at fa_scholarships@emich.edu by Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 5 p.m. Only complete applications will be considered. Late applications will not be accepted.

MLK Humanitarian Award

The MLK Humanitarian Award recognizes a faculty or staff member of the University or of the broader community who exemplify the values and ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Nominations for the MLK Humanitarian Award must include: (1) a completed application form, (2) a letter of nomination, (3) a minimum of one letter of support, and (4) a CV/resume of the nominee. Please see the MLK Scholarship website for the award application, award criteria, as well as a complete list of past award recipients. Completed nomination materials must be received by the Office of Government and Community Relations, 207 Welch Hall, or via e-mail to Lauren Ely at government.community@emich.edu by Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 5 p.m. Only completed nominations will be considered. Late nominations will not be accepted. 

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. The Award recipient receives a $1,000 cash award and an award medallion. Nominations for the Evans-Strand Peace Award for an EMU student who is currently enrolled or for a student who has graduated within the 12 months preceding the semester of the award must include: (1) a completed application, (2) an essay, and (3) two signed letters of recommendation from EMU faculty or staff. The application is available online on the  MLK Scholarship website. Completed application materials must be received by Service EMU (268 Student Center or 240 McKenny Hall) or via e-mail to fa_scholarships@emich.edu by Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 5 p.m. Only completed applications will be considered. Late applications will not be accepted.

 I invite you to submit nominations for these important awards, so that we may continue our tradition of honoring those who have made significant contributions to the University and/or the broader community. For further details about the 2018 MLK Celebration, please visit the MLK Celebration website.

Thank you for your consideration of deserving nominees.

James M. Smith, Ph.D.
President, Eastern Michigan University

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