Dean’s List Award

Dean’s List


  • December 16, 2016


  • Submission Opens: Thursday, November 10, 2016
  • Submission Closes: Thursday, February 16, 2017, 3PM Eastern Time

Events Where It’s Awarded

  • Regional Competitions
  • District Championship Events
  • FIRST Championship


In an effort to recognize the leadership and dedication of FIRST’s most outstanding secondary school students, the Kamen family sponsors awards for selected 10th or 11th grade* students known as the FIRST Robotics Competition®  FIRST Dean’s List and the FIRST Tech Challenge FIRST Dean’s List.

Similar to the very prestigious National Merit Scholarship Award, there are three (3) levels of FIRST Dean’s List Award students.

  • FIRST Robotics Competition & FIRST Tech Challenge FIRST Dean’s List Semi-finalists, the group of two(2) students in their 10th or 11th school year* nominated by each FIRST Robotics Competition  or FIRST Tech Challenge team as applicable.
  • FIRST Robotics Competition & FIRST Tech Challenge FIRST Dean’s List Finalists comprised of the two (2) students selected at each FIRST Tech Challenge Championship Tournament, FIRST Robotics Competition Regional or FIRST Robotics Competition District Championship (the Qualifying Events). At FIRST Robotics Competition District Championships, more than two (2) students may be selected, depending on the size of the district.
  • FIRST Robotics Competition & FIRST Tech Challenge FIRST Dean’s List winners for both FIRST Robotics Competition and FIRST Tech Challenge are the students selected from the applicable FIRST Dean’s List Finalists at the FIRST Championship.

The students who earn FIRST Robotics Competition or FIRST Tech Challenge FIRST Dean’s List status as either a Semi-finalist, Finalist or winner, will not only be great examples of current student leaders who have led their FIRST Robotics Competition or FIRST Tech Challenge teams and communities to increased awareness for FIRST and its mission while achieving personal technical expertise and accomplishment, but it is FIRST’s goal that all Dean’s List Semi-Finalists, Finalists and winners will continue on, post award, as great leaders of FIRST’s ever growing student alumni.

Since its introduction in 2010, the FIRST Dean’s List Award has attracted the attention of prestigious colleges and universities who desire to have FIRST Dean’s List students apply for admissions. As FIRST believes such interest is beneficial to our students, those students selected as Finalists and winners will be asked to provide written consent for the release and use of certain personal information, including image, to interested colleges/universities for the sole purpose of allowing those institutions to contact the students if they wish. Colleges/universities have expressed interest in meeting FIRST Dean’s List Award winners and FIRST hopes that each team will take advantage of the opportunity to nominate two of their best students as FIRST Dean’s list Semi-finalists.


Team 4391 the BraveBots is pleased to nominate Michael Johnson for the Dean’s List Award. Michael is a junior at Gladstone Area Schools and carries a 4.0 GPA and is currently ranked fifth in his class. His dedication to FIRST is what makes him the ideal candidate for this nomination. Most of our BraveBot students average just less than twenty hours a week during robot season but Michael logs over 40 hours per week. In addition, he works year round on community programs to fundraise and to raise awareness of FIRST. Michael is in his third year with the BraveBots and his commitment is apparent in all he does. His commitment is most apparent in his drive to do his very best to better the BraveBot team. Michael first came to us as a quiet, timid freshman who was extremely polite. He was one of just three freshmen on the team of all juniors and seniors. He quietly made his rounds to all the different committees watching and asking endless questions. We weren’t sure what committee he would fit into in his first year but it was clear he had a plan from the very beginning. He secured the official title of “Battery Boy”, a position held by only the most trusted of students. It became apparent very quickly that Michael is a go-to guy. When someone had a question about rules, scouting or simply where the food was, Michael either knew the answer or knew where to find answer. He got heavily involved in procedural part of robot even in his first year. His second year Michael was promoted to assistant president and he made it very clear to the team that he aspired to be president. Michael got his parents heavily involved in robot and the three of them have been invaluable to our team. As a sophomore, Michael pushed incessantly to get the team to apply for the Chairman’s award and he worked tirelessly to ensure that the application was submitted. He was one of the presenters for chairman’s award and his confidence and demeanor during that presentation demonstrated the character of a well-seasoned, confident team member, a long way from the quiet, timid freshman of just one season prior. During his sophomore and junior year, Michael found his true calling while working with the FLL teams. He was key in securing FRC students as mentors to work with the FLL team and he worked closely with the coaches to ensure a successful FLL season. He successfully mentored the FLL youth in the presentation component of the program and took two FLL teams all the way to States each year he has mentored the FLL teams. “Michael is fantastic at the intangibles of Robot”, stated FRC Coach Tim Barron. “Watching him work with the FLL youth and teach them the tenets of FIRST to the FLL youth was inspiring to me and I’ve been teaching and coaching for 20+ years”. This year Michael is a junior and he successfully earned the title of “President”. He works closely with two other students who serve as his co-presidents. He is our youngest presiding president in BraveBot history. Michael is a great team player often motivating others through his shear dedication. Michael is known for his endless reminders (email/texts/chats) to keep people on task and to let people know what deadlines are looming. His communications often come through on the weekends or after hours which are living proof that he is self-directed and keeps all team members on task. In conclusion, Michael has a real gift and FIRST provides him the platform to share and utilize that gift. At a 7 am robotics fundraising meeting with the local Kiwanis Club one morning during an already hectic build season this year, Michael was to talk about what robot meant to him. His five minute talk was an incredible, enthusiastic, and heartfelt testament to his love of robot. He gave his coach goosebumps and had the adults of the Kiwanis Club eating out of his hand! Michael is a tremendous choice for a Dean’s List candidate.