Roger Castillo was a Difference Maker in 2010. He was selected because of his love for the university. (Photo courtesy of UM-Dearborn Difference Makers)
Roger Castillo was a Difference Maker in 2010. He was selected because of his love for the university. (Photo courtesy of UM-Dearborn Difference Makers)

BY SAMANTHA ELLIOTT, Editor in Chief

This April the University of Michigan-Dearborn will honor their third group of select students as Difference Makers on campus.

Students are nominated by faculty and staff members, and 50 finalists are decided on by a panel of judges.

In order to be considered a Difference Maker, students must, “Demonstrate exceptional academic achievement, integrity, leadership and creativity and [be] among the most significant contributors to our UM-Dearborn community,” according to Associate Director of Communications and Marketing, Beth Marmarelli.

Stanley Henderson, Vice Chancellor of UM-Dearborn, mirrored Marmarelli when he spoke of the importance of Dearborn students making a difference in the lives of others.

The nomination deadline for applicants is Friday, February 3, 2012.

“I often talk about UM-Dearborn as a community of higher education, where we expect our students will participate, contribute, support each other, in short, make a difference. The Difference Makers Awards recognize that community in choosing the 50 students who most epitomize our expectations of engagement and contribution,” Henderson said.

Winners will be featured in a future Crain’s Detroit Business as well as in marketing materials for the campus. Chosen students will be recognized at the Student Leadership Awards and be rewarded with a certificate and gift from the University.

A Difference Makers’ mark will stay on campus long after the student has graduated, helping shape UM-Dearborn community.

“Our Difference Makers will leave here not just as passive observers of history, but as contributing shapers of history,” Henderson said.

The nomination deadline for applicants is Friday, February 3, 2012. Interested students are encouraged to ask a faculty member to nominate them. Applications can be found at http://www.umd.umich.edu/differencemakers_nominations/.