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Graduate Student Awards

Delta College honors winners of our Graduate Student Awards at a ceremony prior to graduation each April. At the ceremony, outstanding graduate students receive awards recognizing their academic achievement, hard work and persistence in a number of curricula.

Delta carefully considers who exemplifies the values we are recognizing in our outstanding graduates, and seek to establish an endowment to support those separate student awards.  We want these prestigious awards to be named after individuals who demonstrate leadership and commitment to their communities. Investments of $23,500 each establish these important awards for a deserving graduate every year in perpetuity. This includes the overall endowment, plaques and an annual student honorarium.

Earning a student award is a testimony to the student’s outstanding accomplishments, and we hope it encourages the student to achieve his/her future career goals. Students who have received this type of recognition are truly the “cream of the crop” among Delta College graduates.

For more information, call 989-686-9681, the Office of the Vice President of Student Services.

Current Student Awards

Chemical Bank Award for Finance and Information Technology


Chemical Bank is the second largest bank headquartered in Michigan. For more than 95 years, its hometown approach to banking has remained steadfast and focused on community banking, highlighted by local leadership and decision making, a devotion to community and personalized service. It has more than 157 branches that are divided among 17 Community Banks, each of which has its own Community Board. Chemical Bank is committed to delivering the guidance and support needed to plan for the future and reach financial goals. The award recognizes an outstanding Delta College graduate studying finance and information technology.

Dr. William R. Collings Award of Excellence

William Collings

The award was created and named in memory of Dr. William R. Collings, Dow Corning Corporation’s first general manager. Dr. Collings began his service with the new company in 1943, and later served as president from 1954 to 1962. He was also a Charter Member of the Delta College Board of Trustees, and served on the Board from 1957 to 1976. Since 1976, the Dr. William R. Collings Award of Excellence recognizes an outstanding Delta College graduate for academic achievement and superior citizenship.


Delta College Office Administration and Technology Award

As businesses continue to evolve and work with increasingly complex technology, the need for advanced training and professional certification becomes more important every day. Delta College established this award to recognize an outstanding graduate who is studying office administration and technology. 

The Dow Chemical Company Michigan Operations Award for Physical Sciences

The Dow Chemical Company logo

The Dow Chemical Company combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. This award recognizes an outstanding Delta College graduate in physical sciences.

Fred E. Dulmage Award for Engineering and Technology

Fred E. Dulmage and his wife, Elizabeth, were among the founders of Trinity Lutheran Church in Midland. The award recognizes an outstanding Delta College graduate studying mechanical engineering and technology, and also recognizes academic achievement and good citizenship thereby demonstrating Delta College's appreciation of superior performance.

Peter B. & Suzanne (Smith) Frantz Art Award

Peter and Suzanne Franz

Peter B. Frantz spent his career as an architect, and also authored a book in 2000, “Jane’s Letters from Ireland: 1884-1886”, featuring letters from his maternal grandmother, Jane Stanley, one of America’s premier watercolor artists. Suzanne (Smith) Frantz passed away in July 2005, and was an accomplished artist who worked in the photography department at Delta College and exhibited her work at Adrian College, Central Michigan University and Alma College. Mr. Frantz established this award in memory of his wife to recognize an outstanding Delta College graduate studying art.

Fraternal Order of Police, Bay City Lodge 103, Award for Law Enforcement


The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) is the largest professional police organization in the country. The FOP consists of proud professionals working on behalf of law enforcement officers from all ranks and levels of government. Today, there are more than 2,100 local lodges and more than 325,000 members in the United States. This award recognizes an outstanding Delta College graduate who is studying law enforcement.


Frances Goll Mills Award for Nursing

This award was established by a gift by the Frances Goll Mills Memorial Fund and recognizes an outstanding graduate studying nursing. Ms. Goll Mills, who passed away in 1982, moved to Saginaw in 1932 from Ohio. She became a well-respected artist in the Mid-Michigan area, having her works displayed at the Detroit Institute of Art, the Saginaw Art Museum and the Saginaw Women’s Club. Programs considered for this award: Licensed Paramedic to RN, LPN to RN, Nursing, Nursing-Pre (BSN).

Gougeon Employees Foundation Award for Applied Industrial/Technical

Gougeon Brothers, Inc. logo

In 1969, Meade Gougeon and his brother, Jan, founded Gougeon Brothers’ Boatworks to build iceboats and, by 1973, the company was the largest builder of iceboats in the country. In 1983, Gougeon Brothers, Inc., became an employee-owned company and, in 1992, a mission statement was developed, affirming that the company provides safe, high-quality, cost-effective products and comprehensive technical information supported by continual research and development. Employee owners of Gougeon Brothers, Inc., established this award to recognize an outstanding Delta College graduate studying in the applied industrial/technical program.

Robert & Joyce Hetzler Family Award for Outstanding Service and Leadership

Joyce and Robert Hetzler

Robert and Joyce Hetzler were married in 1967, and are the parents of three children: Jeremy, Janeen and Justina. Mr. Hetzler retired in 2004 as President and Chief Executive Officer of Monitor Sugar Company, and Mrs. Hetzler taught home economics at schools in Michigan and Virginia for five years before raising the couple’s children. Mr. Hetzler served on the Delta College Foundation Board of Directors, and the couple strongly believes in education and community service, and have served as role models in the community for their professional achievements and their volunteerism. The award recognizes an outstanding Delta College graduate who demonstrates outstanding service and leadership.


Edward and Kathryn (Dunn) Langenburg Award for Education

Kathryn and Edward Langenburg

Edward and Kathryn (Dunn) Langenburg of Bay City are retired educators. Mr. Langenburg worked for 31 years as a counselor and administrator for the Bay City Public Schools, and Mrs. Langenburg worked for 32 years as a mathematics teacher for Bangor Township and Bay City Public Schools. Mrs. Langenburg attended Bay City Junior College and graduated from Delta College during its first commencement exercises in 1962. She is a former member of the Delta College Foundation Board of Directors, and believes in giving back to Delta for scholarship support she received when she was a college student. The award recognizes an outstanding Delta College graduate studying education.

James R. McIntyre Award for Health Sciences

James McIntyre

James R. McIntyre was employed by the McIntyre Funeral Chapel in Saginaw and later owned the Funeral Chapel for 45 years, retiring in 2005. He passed away in June 2012. He served as President of the Saginaw (Downtown) Lions Club and was a member of the West Saginaw Civic Association and Second Vice President of Pride in Saginaw. Mr.McIntyre donated to the City of Saginaw to establish the McIntyre Pavilion in Saginaw’s Riverfront Development Plan in memory of his parents, and also to Pride in Saginaw in memory of his parents. He established this award to recognize an outstanding Delta College graduate studying health sciences.

Morley Foundation Award for Business Management

The Morley Foundation was established in 1948 by Mr. and Mrs. Ralph C. Morley Sr. Morley Companies, Inc. operates travel, business, theater, trade show, teleservice, performance improvement and market research operations, among many additional core competencies. This endowment funds the annual Morley Foundation Award and scholarships for Delta College students. The award annually recognizes an outstanding Delta graduate studying business and business management.

Julius and Irene Sutto Award for Life Sciences

Julius and Irene Sutto

Julius Sutto was a member of the Delta College “Committee of 300”, considered to be the College’s founders, and served a remarkable career with the County of Saginaw, being employed as its first controller in 1964 and also serving on the Saginaw County Board of Commissioners. Irene Sutto was an example to women through a number of leadership roles, including being the first female elected to the Spaulding Township School Board and the Bridgeport-Spaulding School Board. He passed away in 2010. Mrs. Sutto passed away in 2004. Mr. Sutto established this award in memory of his wife to recognize an outstanding Delta College graduate studying life sciences.

Margaret Timm Award for English

Margaret Timm

Margaret Timm graduated from Bay City Junior College (Delta College’s forerunner) and taught Latin in Imlay City and Mt. Morris, Michigan. Her father died in 1935, and she moved back to Bay City to help her mother. She taught eighth grade English in Bay City, and left teaching in 1937 when she married Wesley Timm. She returned to teaching in 1958, and headed the English Department at Garber High School until her retirement in 1993 at age 80. She passed away in 2001, and her husband established this award in her memory to recognize an outstanding Delta College graduate studying English.

Wesley C. Timm Award for Social Science


Wesley C. Timm passed away in 2007, was a lifelong resident of Bay City and graduated from Bay City Junior College (the forerunner of Delta College) in 1933. He retired in 1978 as General Manager of Midland Operations for The Dow Chemical Company. He also served as General Manager of and Consultant to the Michigan Ash Company for many years after his retirement. Mr. Timm was a member of the “Committee of 300”, considered to be the founders of Delta College. The award was established by a gift from Mr. Timm’s estate and his family and friends to recognize an outstanding Delta College graduate studying social science.

Jim and Janis Van Tiflin Award for Mathematics


Jim and Janis Van Tiflin were married in 1968 and are the parents of two children. They were both born and raised in Saginaw, graduated from Saints Peter and Paul High School and attended Delta College. Mr. Van Tiflin is the former Chair of the Delta College Foundation Board of Directors and retired from Citizens Bank. Mrs. Van Tiflin is a retired medical librarian. The Van Tiflins are grateful for the training they received at Delta, and feel supporting a math award for Delta College graduates would be appropriate, since Mr. Van Tiflin and the couple’s two children have made their living using numbers. This award recognizes an outstanding Delta College graduate studying mathematics.

Lola Bishop Whitney Award for Foreign Language

Lola Bishop Whitney

Lola Bishop Whitney began her teaching career at Eastern High School in Bay City. She became a faculty member at Bay City Central High School and Bay City Junior College (Delta College’s forerunner) at the same time, and taught French until she retired as the Chair of the French Department in 1948. During her long life – she passed away in 1976 at the age of 92 – she was filled with a spirit of adventure and commitment which inspired students during her 41 years of teaching. At the age of 68, she married Harry Livingston Whitney, and the couple lived in Los Angeles, California for a number of years until Mr. Whitney's death. The award recognizes an outstanding Delta College graduate studying foreign languages.

For more information about Delta College’s Student Awards, contact Valerie Bledsoe at 989-686-9681.


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