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Honors Graduation Awards

The LSA Honors Program awards several scholarships and prizes, thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends of Honors. 

Each award link navigation includes:

  • Eligibility requirements.
  • Deadline.
  • Application requirements.
Note:
  • All award materials should be submitted in PDF format to Honors.prizes@umich.edu.
  • Please use this naming convention for titling documents and the email subject line: LastName_FirstName_DocumentName, e.g., Broome_Lisa_KennedyNomination.pdf or Broome_Lisa_Thesis.pdf.

Use the "Make an Appointment" button on the main page to meet with an advisor about Honors scholarship opportunities. Students may email honors.scholarships@umich.edu with questions.

Awardees: The Honors 2018 Award Ceremony takes place Thursday, April 26, 7p, in the Michigan Union Pendleton Room. This ceremony acknowledges students who have received the awards and scholarships listed below. Students and nominating faculty are notified prior to the event of the decisions, so that family and friends may be invited. Faculty who submit nominations are welcome to attend the Awards Ceremony. [This ceremony is not to be confused with Honors Convocation, which recognizes Michigan Honors and Angell Scholars. For more information, visit this website: http://honors.umich.edu/]

Virginia L. Voss Memorial Award - Recognizes excellence in writing by Senior Honors women.

Eligibility requirements:

The Virginia L. Voss Memorial Awards for excellence in writing by senior Honors women were established in memory of the late Ms. Voss, an Honors graduate in the 1950s and college editor at Mademoiselle Magazine.These awards are given to graduating Honors women who display writing talent in one (or more) of the four categories listed below. Award amounts vary (~$1,000), and there is no set number of prizes. The four prize categories are: (1) academic writing (2) journalism (3) poetry (4) creative prose.

Deadline:  12 noon, April 9, 2018. 

Application requirements:

• Students are encouraged to self-nominate. If a student selfnominates, she may submit a thesis alone, or request a letter of endorsement from a departmental representative (described below).

• If a departmental representative (e.g. Department Chair, Associate Chair, Honors Concentration Director, Faculty member, or Advisor) nominates/endorses a student, the letter of endorsement should describe the quality of the nominee’s work and provide the context for the evaluation.

• If a department nominates more than one student, only one letter comparing all the nominees and providing information about their work is required (i.e., we do not need a separate letter for each student).

• In all cases, the nominee’s thesis is required (sent by the student or the nominator). 

Kennedy Memorial Awards - Recognize excellence in writing and scholarship by outstanding students in the junior or senior class.

Eligibility requirements:

John P. Kennedy, an alumnus of the Honors Program, has provided generous gifts to acknowledge and support excellence in writing and scholarship, particularly in poetry and women’s issues. Winners receive a signed certificate and a cash award of $1500. 

Patricia Kennedy Prize: Named in honor of Mr. Kennedy’s mother, this award is given with preference for students working in English literature or women’s issues: any student whose work touches on these fields may be nominated for this award, no matter the major department or gender. 

Dr. John J. Kennedy Prize: Named in honor of Mr. Kennedy’s father, this award is given to acknowledge and support excellence in poetry, creative writing, and scholarship about literature for an outstanding student in the Honors Program.

Deadline: 12 noon, April 9, 2018.

Application requirements:

• A letter from Department Chair, Associate Chair, or Honors Concentration Director or Advisor describing student’s demonstrated achievements and potential for continued excellence in relevant fields, in course work, research, and thesis is required.

• A letter from student’s thesis advisor supporting the nomination is also welcomed.

• Student’s thesis is required (sent by the student or the nominator)

Note to nominators: Please note the specific category you have in mind, but if you think a student is eligible for more than one prize, or you’re not sure which one to use, don’t worry: we will transfer nominations to the category we find most appropriate.

Goldstein Prize for Honors Seniors - Recognizes outstanding students who are graduating with Honors

Eligibility requirements:

Thanks to a generous gift by the Goldstein family, we have 9 awards of $1500, each in a different field of endeavor named for someone with UM connections who is famous in that field. These prizes are not solely thesis prizes, but recognize overall excellence, or demonstrated potential for excellence, in the various fields of endeavor.

• Robert Hayden Humanities Award
• Marshall Sahlins Social Science Award
• Jerome and Isabella Karle Physical Sciences Award (astronomy, earth sciences, chemistry, physics)
• Stephen Smale Mathematics Award (mathematics, statistics, and computer science)
• Marshall Nirenberg Life Sciences Award (biology, neuroscience, BCN)
• Arthur Miller Creative Arts Award
• Gerald Ford Public Service Award
• Sidney Fine Teaching Award
• Raoul Wallenberg Humanitarian Award

Deadline: by noon, April 9, 2018.

Application requirements:

At least two letters are required:

• One from Department Chair, Associate Chair, or Honors Concentration Director or Advisor addressing student’s achievements and his/her potential for continued excellence, and,

• One from student’s thesis advisor also addressing the above qualities.

• Additional letters from faculty attesting to student’s breadth of achievement are welcomed.

• Student’s thesis is required (sent by the student or the nominator)

Note to nominators: Please note the specific category you have in mind, but if you think a student is eligible for more than one prize, or you’re not sure which one to use, don’t worry: we will transfer nominations to the category we find most appropriate.

 

Terrence J. McDonald Prize for Archival Research - Recognizes the "finest thesis making substantial use of archives or museums."

Eligibility requirements:

This award is specifically “for the finest thesis which made substantial use of archives or museums.”  Endowed by Honors alumnus John A. Rapaport, this award may be given to a student in any field of study.  The winner will receive a signed certificate and a cash award of $1500.

Deadline: by noon, April 9, 2018

Application requirements:

• A letter from Department Chair, Associate Chair, or Honors Concentration Director or Advisor describing student’s demonstrated achievements and potential for continued excellence in either or both relevant fields, in course work, research, and thesis is required.

• A letter from student’s thesis advisor supporting the nomination is also welcomed.

• Student’s thesis is required (sent by the student or the nominator).

 

Roger B. Vanko Memorial Scholarship - Recognizes chemistry majors pursuing graduate work in the field.

Named for the late Roger B. Vanko, this award is presented each year to an outstanding Honors student majoring in chemistry who intends to pursue graduate work in that field, as determined by the Department of Chemistry.

2017 Roger B. Vanko Memorial Scholarships – Rishi Goel, Nils Strand

Ferrando Prize - Recognizes an outstanding student in economics.

Named for Jonathan and Kathryn Ferrando, this prize is awarded each year to the outstanding graduates in Economics, as determined by the Department of Economics. Mr. Ferrando is a UM Honors Economics graduate.

2017 Ferrando Prize Recipients – Adrian Apaza, Xiuyi He, Ethan McCall, Pengyu Ren

Honors Alumni Prize - Recognizes sterling service within the Honors program.

Generous donations from Honors alumni fund the Honors Alumni Award for Outstanding Achievement. The Honors Program identifies and selects an excellent Honors student who, in addition to significant academic success, has given sterling service to the program, the college, and the university.

2017 Honors Alumni Prize - David Schafer

Donna Wessel Walker Award - Recognizes Honors Program student mentorship.

To honor Donna Wessel Walker's tireless and meaningful service to Honors students and to the Honors Program over many years, the Honors Alumni Council, with generous support from Honors alumni, established the Donna Wessel Walker Award. The Honors Program identifies and selects an Honors RA, an Honors Peer Mentor, or any Honors student whose involvement with other Honors students and dedication to the goals of the program as a whole, even if in an unofficial capacity, are reflective of Donna's qualities: her personal warmth, her unstinting optimism, her generosity of spirit, and her seemingly limitless supply of encouragement for Honors students in their lives both inside and outside of the classroom.