2019 Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Awards Nominations

November 1, 2018

To students, faculty, and staff:

This year marks the 33rd Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration by Eastern Michigan University.

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 and the Evans-Strand Peace Award. A brief description of each award follows:

MLK 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.

Nominations for the MLK Student Scholarship must include:

  1. A completed MLK Student Scholarship application
  2. An essay of no more than two typewritten pages discussing the nominee's achievements and qualifications
  3. One letter of support from an EMU faculty or staff member

The nominee must also be fully enrolled for the Fall 2018 and Winter 2019 semesters and be in good academic and judicial standing with the University. The recipient will receive a $1,000 award credited to their student account and will be recognized at the MLK President’s Luncheon on Monday, January 21, 2019. 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.

MLK Humanitarian Award

The purpose of the Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Humanitarian Award is to recognize a member of the Eastern Michigan University campus community (faculty or staff), or a member of the broader community, who exhibits the following qualities:

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

Nominations for the MLK Humanitarian Award must include:

  1. A completed Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award application
  2. A letter of nomination
  3. A minimum of two letters of support
  4. The resume/CV of the nominee. 

The recipient will be recognized at the MLK President’s Luncheon on Monday, January 21, 2019. Completed nomination materials must be received by the Office of Government and Community Relations (207 Welch Hall) or via e-mail at government.community@emich.edu.

Evans-Strand Peace Award

The purpose of the Evans-Strand Peace Award is to recognize an Eastern Michigan University student who has made a significant contribution toward enhanced understanding and peace between diverse persons or groups at EMU.

Nominations for the Evans-Strand Peace Award must include:

  1. A completed Evans-Strand Peace Award application
  2. 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
  3. At least two signed letters of recommendation from EMU faculty or staff.

The nominee must be an EMU student who is currently enrolled or who has graduated within the 12 months preceding the semester of the award. They also must be in good academic and judicial standing with the University. The recipient will receive a $1,000 award credited to their student account and will be recognized at the MLK President’s Luncheon on Monday, January 21, 2019. 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.

Details about all three awards can be found on the MLK Awards website. Nominations are open now until Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 5 p.m. Only completed nominations will be considered. Late nominations 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 2019 MLK Celebration, please visit EMU's MLK website.

Thank you for your consideration of deserving nominees.

James Smith
President

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