Oakland University
Friday, September 19, 2014

Applications due Oct. 10 for Keeper of the Dream Award

Omar Brown-El, director of the Center for Multicultural Initiatives, at last year's Keeper of the Dream Scholarship Award ceremony.
Oakland University officials are seeking to recognize student leaders who stand out from the crowd with the annual Keeper of the Dream Scholarship Award.

Applications for the 2015 award will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 10. Active students who participate in any of the 250 student organizations on campus or who have contributed to breaking down racial and cultural stereotypes may qualify.

The Keeper of the Dream scholarship awards range from $2,500 to $5,000. The award recognizes students who have demonstrated strong citizenship, scholarship and leadership in breaking down cultural stereotypes and in promoting interracial understanding. The awards are presented publicly each year at the annual Keeper of the Dream Celebration.

“The Keeper of the Dream Scholarship Awards Celebration is a showcase of diversity and outstanding student leadership on OU’s campus,” said Omar Brown-El, director of the Center for Multicultural Initiatives. “It is also our way of honoring a great humanitarian, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”

Established in 1993, the Keeper of the Dream Award pays tribute to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for his achievements on behalf of civil rights. The student scholarships honor undergraduate students who have contributed to his legacy of interracial understanding and good will.

The 2015 Keeper of the Dream Award will be presented on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 19, at an award luncheon. Applications are available online at

Students must submit an application, along with a resume highlighting involvement and leadership that promotes racial understanding and efforts to break down cultural barriers at OU.

The application also must include an essay of 500 words or less describing how the student made a positive impact to improve interracial understanding at OU. Three verifiable letters of nomination from members of the OU community who can support the student’s multicultural initiatives must also accompany the application. Nominees will be required to complete a brief interview with the selection committee.

For additional information, contact the Center for Multicultural Initiatives at
cmi@oakland.edu or (248) 370-4404.

OU's Keeper of the Dream Award is presented to students who have helped break down cultural stereotypes and promote interracial understanding.

Created by Eric Reikowski (esreikow@oakland.edu) on Monday, September 8, 2014
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Article Start Date: Friday, September 19, 2014