2017 Sain Award Honorees

Dr. Leonard F. Sain was one of the earliest and foremost African American educators in Michigan. He has a historically significant career as one of the first African Americans in the field of educational administration in the Detroit Public School system. Dr. Sain was an educator and a leader, who left a legacy of human service and achievement. The Leonard F. Sain Esteemed Alumni Award is given each year to someone who, like Dr. Sain, has shown outstanding achievements and service in their field of human endeavor.

All awardees have attended the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Dearborn or Flint campus) for at least one semester, demonstrate extraordinary interest and/or commitment to Black students at the University through outreach efforts, recruitment or supportive interest over a period of years,

Honorees exhibit distinguished service or accomplishment in any field of human endeavor and/or provide unusual and singular contributions to the development of the cultural and/or spiritual life of any community.



The Five Under Ten Young Alumni Recognition Award is bestowed annually to five recent U-M graduates for their professional achievements and/or contributions to the community-at-large. In order to be recognized for the “Five Under Ten” award, an alumnus must have received an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan within the last ten years.


2017 M.A.D. Award Honorees

The Making A Difference Awards honors alum who have made significant contributions to their community and or career through their time, actions, talents and dedication. This award breaks into categories such as Law, Education, Social Action and many more to show that our black alumni are truly apart of the Michigan difference by affecting change. In order to be recognized for the "M.A.D." Award, an alum must be a graduate from any school, college or division of the University of Michigan.