The 2017 ScholarPOWER Academic Awards Banquet
“Illumination: Celebrating Academic Excellence” 
Monday, September 18, 2017
Sheraton Hotel Ann Arbor
Reception: 6:00 PM
Dinner & Awards: 7:00 PM

The ScholarPOWER Banquet was originally conceived as a corporate-sponsored event created to honor the academic achievement of underrepresented minority engineering students who historically have not participated in, achieved at or graduated from universities at the same rate as students from the majority population. Although this annual event still seeks, in particular, to encourage and recognize achievement by those groups, the ScholarPOWER awards are available to all students of any race, ethnicity, gender, or national origin who participate in activities that work to bridge the academic achievement gap of underrepresented students and build intercultural skills among all students.

To qualify for the ScholarPOWER Banquet, a student must have participated in a qualifying activity as determined by CEDO and met all of the requirements listed under any of the seven recognition categories below:

Undergraduate Student Achievement Award

  • Full-time status throughout U-M  career
    (progression toward Engineering degree within 10 semesters)
  • Minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA
  • At least three full semesters of residential credits
    (at least two full semesters of residential credits for 2nd-year students)

Masters Student Achievement Award

  • Minimum 3.7 cumulative GPA
  • At least three full semesters of residential credits
    (at least two full semesters of residential credits for 2nd-year students)

Ph.D. Student Achievement Award

  • Graduate or candidacy between Spring 2016 – Winter 2017

Rising Student Achievement Award

  • Recognition is determined by the ScholarPOWER Banquet Committee
  • Full-time status throughout U-M career
    (progression toward Engineering degree within 10 semesters)
  • Minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA
  • Two consecutive terms of cumulative GPA improvement
  • At least three full semesters of residential credits

Special Achievement Award

  • Nomination from either the faculty  program advisor or staff
  • Students who are reasonably close to meeting the regular criteria in any of the other recognition categories despite having had to overcome severe obstacles to get to where they are now
    (e.g., severe illness, accident, parenting or family responsibilities, heavy work schedule or long-distance travel, previous academic probation, etc.)

Stellar Multicultural Performance Award

  • Full-time status
  • Minimum 3.5 GPA
  • At least three full semesters of residential credits
  • Nomination of a maximum of one student in each department from the department chair, faculty, or staff advisor
  • Students who demonstrate a sense of multicultural understanding and diversity awareness which could be evidenced by their participation in specific program initiatives or classroom-related activities

Director’s Award
The Director’s Award will be presented to one outstanding senior-level student whom a committee of five faculty and staff feels best represents the College’s vision of tomorrow’s global engineering leader. The committee will evaluate GPA, internships held, and research conducted. In addition, the student will be asked to write an essay about inclusiveness and cultural intelligence that will also be reviewed by the committee. To be eligible for consideration for this award the student must meet all of the requirements listed below and must participate in the committee selection process described above.

  • Full-time status
  • Senior standing as of Winter 2017 with a minimum 3.5 GPA
  • At least three full semesters of residential credits

Students meeting the criteria set forth in any of the recognition categories described above receive an invitation to the ScholarPOWER Academic Awards Banquet (exception Rising Award Recognition).