the process.

The process for competing for the FIRST Dean’s List is similar to the process for the Woodie Flowers Award and the Chairman’s Award in that applicants must first compete at the Regional level to be considered at the Championship level. Applicants for the FIRST Dean’s List are nominated by their mentor as FIRST Dean’s List Semi-Finalists. These students will be reviewed at one (1) Regional where their team is competing with two (2) FIRST Dean’s List Finalists chosen at each Regional.

All FIRST Dean’s List Finalists will be considered for the final selection of ten (10) FIRST Dean’s List Award winners at the FIRST Championship in St. Louis.

Each FRC mentor is invited to select up to two (2) students (may select only one but not more than two) as FIRST Dean’s List Semi-Finalists. In deciding which students to nominate, mentors should consider the impact the award will have on the nominated student. For example, FIRST strongly urges mentors to choose to nominate a junior whose college acceptance prospects would be enhanced by both the nomination and any subsequent advancement in the competition. Each mentor may only submit their two (2) FIRST Dean’s List Semi-Finalists to compete for the FIRST Dean’s List Finalist designation at one (1) regional. Students previously selected as FIRST Dean’s List Semifinalists or Finalists ARE eligible for nomination again this year.

Criteria for selection of the FIRST Dean’s List shall include, but not be limited to a student’s:

  • demonstrated leadership and commitment to the ideals of FIRST
  • interest in and passion for a long term commitment to FIRST and its ideals
  • overall individual contribution to their team
  • technical expertise and passion
  • entrepreneurship and creativity
  • ability to motivate and lead fellow team members
  • effectiveness at increasing awareness of FIRST in their school and community.


Evaluation of Semi-Finalists and Finalists will be based on a one page essay, submitted by the mentor, which best describes each student’s fulfillment of the criteria. (As previously noted, Mentors can submit up to two nominations/essays per team). Although a single mentor must submit the nomination, the team as a whole must verify the accuracy of the submission. FIRST is relying upon the team for veracity and accuracy of the submission data.

Each entry shall be in the form attached which includes identifying information; i.e., the student’s current year GPA and the GPA for each year the student has been a high school student; and an essay of not more than 4,000 characters attesting to why the student has been nominated. Essays must be submitted no later than NOON Eastern Time on Thursday, February 16, 2012 to A photograph or photographs of the FIRST Dean’s List Semi-Finalist is encouraged, but optional, and the essay submission and such photos may be used, in promotion of the recipient and/or the award, at the discretion of FIRST. In addition to the signed consent of the release and use of certain personal information, FIRST Dean’s List Finalists and Winners will be required to sign a FIRST media release to allow use of their likeness to sponsors contributing to the FIRST Dean’s List recognition program and will be responsible for any taxes associated with federal/state prize requirements.

If a team is attending more than one regional event, the mentor must select one event at which their nominations are to be considered. Each essay must clearly state the team name, the names and grade levels of the student(s) nominated, an explanation of why the students were nominated as well as the regional event at which the nomination is to be considered. Teams participating in Michigan and Mid-Atlantic Robotics Region District events must submit their nominees at the local Championship.

At each FRC regional event, judges will select two (2) students from the FIRST Dean’s List Semi- Finalist as FIRST Dean’s List Finalists. The two (2) Regional FIRST Dean’s List Finalists will be honored at the award ceremonies at that regional event. Six (6) FIRST Dean’s List Finalists will be selected/honored at the Michigan FRC State Championship and four (4) selected/honored at the Mid-Atlantic Robotic FRC Region Championship.

All FIRST Dean’s List Finalists will be considered for the FIRST Dean’s List at the FIRST Championship in St. Louis using the essays provided. Finalist candidates need not be present at the FIRST Championship in order to be considered. Ten (10) Students will be selected as the FIRST Dean’s List Award Winners for the 2012 FRC season. The ten (10) 2012 FIRST Dean’s List Award winners will receive the following:

  • a unique trophy and public recognition at the 2012 FIRST Championship
  • a written recommendation from FIRST leadership to the college(s) or employer(s) of their choice
  • a credit towards the winning student’s team 2013 registration fee
  • a commemorative plaque for the student’s school Hall of Fame
  • an invitation for them, and a chaperone, to attend an expenses paid FIRST Dean’s List Award Summit, at FIRST Headquarters in Manchester, New Hampshire
  • the opportunity to work with all members of the FIRST Dean’s List and FIRST leaders to advance the mission of FIRST.

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