Named in the honor of the first Dean of The Graduate School, Dr. Lavern Hamand, the Hamand Society of Graduate Scholars award recognizes degree-seeking graduate candidates nominated from among the class of Distinguished Graduate Students whose achievements in both scholarship and service have had a documented impact on the discipline and the community. The quality and impact of the scholarship and service achievements of Hamand Society Scholars reflect the highest ideals of the engaged graduate student. Each nomination requires a sponsor who may be the Graduate Coordinator, Program Chair, or member of the Graduate Faculty at Eastern Illinois University. Each nomination also requires two co-sponsors who have direct knowledge/experience with the candidate and may be members of the university community or may be constituents external to the University. A complete nomination packet will include the following: a) A Hamand Society Nomination Form, b) a letter of nomination from the sponsor that documents the candidate's achievements and impact in required areas, c) letters from each co-sponsor to verify and amplify upon the candidate's achievements and impact, and d) a candidate's resume. Nominees must have a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher at the time of nomination for the award. Nominees must be enrolled full-time or part-time as a degree-seeking candidate at the time of nomination. Awards/recognition for scholarship, research projects, or creative activity, peer-reviewed publication and/or presentation of graduate work, invitations to present graduate work, or other scholarship. Participation in department, college/school, university organizations, participation in programs that enhance schools and/or public assets, participation in programs that improve the lives of others regionally, nationally, or abroad, recognition for leadership roles within the University, discipline, workplace, or community, completion of initiatives or new programs that have positively influenced the University, discipline, workplace, or community or other service. The award(s) shall be announced and paid in the Spring semester to Eastern Illinois University to be first applied against costs (tuition, fees, housing, etc.) associated with the recipient(s) attending Eastern Illinois University.