Student Graduate Awards
Each year, Delta College through its Foundation Office, celebrates its best and brightest students at the Graduate Student Awards Ceremony. These outstanding graduates represent the future of the Great Lakes Bay Region and beyond.
Nominations are now open
Each year, Delta College recognizes outstanding graduates at its Graduate Student Awards Ceremony, typically held each April before graduation. Awards are given for high academic achievement, superior citizenship and community service. Eligible recipients must have earned an associate's degree from May of the prior year through April of the award year, have an excellent academic record and have potential for outstanding future achievement. Students are nominated by faculty, staff or they may nominate themselves.
Graduate Awards are funded through endowment gifts from generous donors. An initial investment of $23,500 establishes a graduate award endowment and ensures the award will be given in perpetuity, through a plaque and a student honorarium.
Being selected for one of these awards is a testimony to the student’s outstanding character and achievement, and we hope it encourages students to attain and excel in their future career goals.
Thanks to the generosity of many businesses, organizations and individuals, winners will receive lasting recognition on plagues displayed at the college and monetary gifts to assist with their future endeavors.
- The William R. Collings Award of Excellence recipient will receive $1,250
- The Robert and Joyce Hetzler Family Award recipient will receive $1,000
- Board of Trustees recipients will receive $500 each
- Graduate Student Award recipients will receive $750 each
William R. Collings Award of Excellence
Recognizing Academic Achievement & Superior Citizenship
Originally established by Dow Corning Corporation
Recognizes a graduate with high personal goals, superior citizenship, and potential for leadership. The graduate must have an excellent academic record and potential for outstanding future achievement. Candidate should provide letters of recommendation or other documentation that demonstrate leadership in extracurricular activities that benefit the College and community. Finalists will be contacted for a personal interview with the Awards Committee.
Robert & Joyce Hetzler Family Award
Recognizing Service & Leadership
Recognizes a graduate with high level of academic achievement at Delta and outstanding service and leadership to the college and the community, evident as documented by letters of recommendation or other documentation. Leadership examples may include: volunteer work at schools, churches, charitable organizations, fund raisers, etc. Finalists will be contacted for a personal interview with the Awards Committee.
Applied Industrial-Technology Award
Sponsored by the Gougeon Employees Foundation
Recognizes an outstanding graduate in Industrial Technology. Programs considered for this award: Automotive Service Technology, Automotive Service Educational Program Architectural Technology, Fire Science, welding, Skilled Trades, Residential Construction, Refrigeration/Heating - Air Conditioning Service Technology, Welding Engineering Technology.
Sponsored by Peter and Suzanne Frantz
Recognizes an outstanding graduate in Art or an art related program. Programs considered for this award: Art Majors, Electronic Media/Graphic Designs and graduates who have excelled in multiple art classes.
Business Management Award
Sponsored by the Morley Family Foundation
Recognizes an outstanding graduate in business and management. Programs considered for this award: Business Administration, Construction Management, Cosmetology Management, Entrepreneurship / Small Business Management, General Management, Marketing Management, Merchandising Management, and Retail Management.
Sponsored by Edward and Kathryn Dunn Langenburg
Recognizes an outstanding graduate in preschool/child development or transfer education programs. Programs considered for this award: Art Education, Business Education, Child Development, Elementary Education, Health Fitness Education Promotion, Industrial Arts Education, Industrial Tech. Education, Music Education, Physical Education, Pre-School Education, Secondary Education, and Special Education.
Engineering and Technology Award
Sponsored by Fred E. Dulmage
Recognizes an outstanding graduate in the area of Engineering and Mechanical Technology. Programs considered for this Award: Engineering- Pre, Mechanical Engineering Tech, and graduates with demonstrated excellence in multiple CAD, CNC and DRF courses.
Sponsored by Margaret Timm
Recognizes a graduate with outstanding scholarship in English studies. Students wishing to be considered for this award should be pursuing a career in Journalism and/or excelled in multiple courses within the English Division. The English Division faculty will select the award recipient.
Finance and Information Technology (Banking) Award
Sponsored by the Delta College Foundation
Recognizes an outstanding graduate in Finance or Information Technology. Programs considered, but not limited to: Accounting, Finance, Computer Applications, Information Security and Technology, Network Technology, PC System Support, Programming, Web Information Technology or students who have demonstrated excellence in accounting coursework.
Foreign Language Award
Sponsored by Lola Bishop Whitney
Recognizes superior academic achievement and promise in the study of Foreign Language. To be considered for this award students should demonstrate sustained excellence in foreign language or sign language courses over multiple semesters of study.
Health Science Award
Sponsored by James McIntyre
Recognizes an outstanding graduate in a health science program (excluding nursing). Health Science Programs considered for this award: Dental Assisting, Dental Hygiene, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Physical Therapist Asst., Radiography, Respiratory Care, and Surgical Technology.
Law Enforcement Award
Sponsored by Fraternal Order of Police, Bay City Lodge 103
Recognizes an outstanding graduate in criminal justice who plans to enter this field directly or who will continue studies at a transfer institution. Programs considered for this award: Corrections, Emergency Dispatch, Law Enforcement, Law enforcement with Basic Police Training, Security / Loss Prevention Specialist.
Life Sciences Award
Sponsored by Julius and Irene Sutto
Recognizes an outstanding graduate in Life Science. To be considered for this award students should be pursuing education in Life Sciences transfer programs which include: Biology Majors, Biotechnology-Pre, Dentistry-Pre, Dietetics-Pre, Medical Tech.-Pre, Medicine-Pre, Mortuary Science-Pre, Occupational Therapy-Pre, Optometry –Pre, Osteopathy Pre, Pharmacy-Pre, Physical Therapy-Pre, Veterinary Medicine-Pre and related transfer medical fields.
Sponsored by Jim & Janis VanTiflin
Recognizes a graduate who has achieved a superior scholastic record in mathematics. The recipient must have a strong academic record in the mathematics curriculum, with a minimum of 12 credits earned in Higher level mathematics (Algebra, Calculus, Geometry, Statistics).
Sponsored by Frances Goll Mills
Recognizes an outstanding graduate in nursing. Graduates from programs considered for this award: Licensed Paramedic to RN, LPN to RN, Nursing, Nursing-Pre (BSN)
Office or Administrative Technology Award
Sponsored by the Delta College Foundation
Recognizes an outstanding graduate in the business office or medical office professional program who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, good citizenship, and service to the community. Programs considered for this award: Office Professions, Administrative Asstistant, Medical Office Professions, Office Operations Management.
Physical Sciences Award
Sponsored by Dow Chemical Michigan Operations
Recognizes a graduate with the highest accomplishment in physical science. Programs considered for this award: Chemical Process Tech., Environmental Tech, Biotechnology-Pre, Chemistry Majors, Global Peace Studies, and Water Environmental Technology. Also students with demonstrated excellence in multiple Geography, Geology, or environmental science courses.
Social Science Award
Sponsored by Wesley C. Timm
Recognizes a graduate who may be part of the next generation of leaders for the Great Lakes Bay Region. Students applying for this award must have taken two or more classes within History, Political Science or Economics, and demonstrate the civic leadership potential in government, education, or business.