Honors Outstanding Scholar Award

Outstanding Scholar Plaque located in the Honors Program Office

Outstanding Scholar Plaque located in the Honors Program Office

The Outstanding Scholar award is given to one student annually who best exemplifies the characteristics of Honors students. The Outstanding Scholar’s name and college are engraved on a plate that is displayed in the Honors Program office.

The characteristics of an Outstanding Scholar include, but are not limited to:

  1. Leadership (president of RSO, editor of The Endeavor, founder of RSO, involvement in many RSOs, winner of Torch Bearer Award, evidence of commitment to ‘public good’, etc.)
  2. Commitment to community engagement (created a service project, had a “pet project” that he/she was devoted to, amassed many hours of service, made many contacts through service, won local or national award, evidence of commitment to ‘public good.’, etc.)
  3. Excellence in academic major (high GPA; presented a paper, involved in a research project, did an independent study, did an outstanding research paper, hosted a Lunch and Learn session for honors cohort, etc.)
  4. Interest in professional development (attended conferences, presented at an undergrad research conference, excellent internship results, etc.)
  5. Inquisitive nature regarding a wide variety of subjects (multiple minors, wide ranging reading interests, wide ranging outside interests and involvement, etc.)
  6. Scholarly interests  (plans for grad school or professional school, evidence of research agenda / outlook for future work, etc.)

Candidates for Outstanding Scholar are required to submit an essay detailing why they believe they exemplify the values of the Honors Program. After an interview with the finalists, the Outstanding Scholar is determined by an committee of faculty from across the University.

Recent winners of the Outstanding Scholar Award include:

  • Melissa Fairchild speaks at the Honors Spring 2018 Award Ceremony. Courtesy of the Ferris State University Smugmug https://ferrisphotos.smugmug.com/Academic/Honors/2018-Honors-40-Event/i-jQ5Jn2M/A Honors Outstanding Scholar, 2018 - The recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Scholar Award was Melissa Fairchild. She was awarded this honor at the Senior Award Ceremony on Thursday, May 3rd. Melissa started Ferris as an […]
  • Honors Outstanding Scholar, 2017 - The recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Scholar Award was Tyler Ryan. He was awarded this honor at the Senior Award Banquet on Thursday, May 4th. Tyler graduated with a Psychology […]
  • Honors Outstanding Scholar, 2016 - The recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Scholar Award was Aaron Zebolsky. He was awarded this honor at the Senior Award Banquet on Thursday, May 5th. During his time at Ferris, […]
  • Michelle Dunn, 2015 Honors Outstanding Scholar, from Ferris SmugMug Gallery http://ferrisphotos.smugmug.com/Academic/Honors/2015-40-Dinner/ Outstanding Scholar, 2015 - Michelle Dunn, the Honors Outstanding Scholar 2015 not only has an amazing academic record, but she has recorded over 490 service hours, as well as holding numerous leadership positions, including President, […]
  • Outstanding Senior 2014 Danielle Lefevre Outstanding Scholar, 2014 - Danielle Lefevre is currently a 1st year student in the Michigan College of Optometry, where she will earn a Bachelors of Science in Vision Science in May.  She has earned […]
  • Abigail Dutkiewicz Outstanding scholar 2013 Outstanding Scholar, 2013 - Abigail Dutkiewicz in recognition of her hard work, motivation, focus and dedication to academic excellence. Finalists: Christa Cwiek Brendan Doyle Megan Kuk

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