MAIZE AND BLUE AWARD CRITERIA
Students who have earned at least 58 credit hours at the University of Michigan-Flint (including the current semester), with an overall GPA of 3.75 or better in all completed credits earned at the University of Michigan-Flint, are eligible to be nominated for the Maize and Blue Award. This GPA requirement constitutes a “firm” or minimum criterion.
In addition, students who meet the above GPA requirement then are considered with regard to the following criteria:
- Intellectual maturity and depth
- Service to the Department, University, or Community
The primary sources of information used by the Scholarships, Awards and Special Events Committee to consider activities related to these criteria are materials provided by the Maize and Blue candidate (a resume and a personal statement) and the letter(s) written by the nominating faculty member(s) and/or departments. Both curricular and extracurricular activities are considered.
Information About Activities Related to the M&B Award Criteria
It is impossible to delineate a never-changing set of information about activities that relate to the Maize and Blue criteria. Nonetheless, over the last few years the Committee has found the following types of information useful in considering Maize and Blue candidates. These items of information are not listed in order of importance nor are they considered to be all-inclusive.
- Participation in the UM-Flint Honors Program.
- Awards won by the student, including a description of the reason for the award.
- Participation in unique scholarly activities for an undergraduate student, such as writing a paper that was accepted for publication in a scholarly journal, making a presentation at a meeting of scholars, and participating in other research activities.
- Participation as a tutor to other students, including noting whether the activity was for pay or on a voluntary basis.
- Participation in service activities, including a description of the level of involvement and time devoted.
- Participation in student, university, community or other organizations, including a description of the level of involvement, positions held, and time period involved.
- Classroom experiences that demonstrate the unique academic qualities of the student.
- Experiences and activities that demonstrate the unique talents of the student.
Importance of the Nominating Letter
The Scholarships, Awards and Special Events Committee will accept faculty-department nomination letters, not to exceed a total of three (3) letters and one additional letter from the community. Faculty members who are asked to write a Maize and Blue nominating letter have an important responsibility. As noted above, it is one of two primary sources of information for considering Maize and Blue candidates. There is no “standardized” nomination form because each candidate has unique qualifications. It is important that faculty nominators be as thorough as possible in writing nominations. Each nominator is strongly encouraged to contact her/his nominee to gain information regarding activities related to the criteria. All nominations must include a resume and a personal statement from the student; however, supportive documents can be sent under separate cover.
The Scholarships, Awards and Special Events Committee believes that if there is any doubt, the nominator probably should include in the nomination letter an item of marginally important information, and leave it to the Committee to evaluate its importance. At the same time, information about the quantity and substance of participation in certain activities and organizations is very helpful to the Committee, especially with regard to the service criterion.
The Maize and Blue Distinguished Scholarship Awards are the highest academic awards bestowed upon graduates of the University of Michigan. They are very special and the Scholarships, Awards and Special Events Committee is committed to identifying the most worthy of the many impressive candidates. We appreciate your help in providing information about the candidates.
Thank you in advance for your assistance and please contact a member of the Committee should you have any comments regarding this matter.