Four Von Ehr Scholars Named

September 30, 2010

Four incoming students have been selected to receive Von Ehr Scholarships for the 2010-11 academic year. They are, from left to right: Justin Fila of Norway, Mich. (chemical engineering); Mairin Chesney of Brighton, Mich. (mechanical engineering); Stephen Lindeman of Greenville, Mich. (chemical engineering); and John Luzenski of Milford, Mich. (chemical engineering).

A $1 million endowed scholarship fund was established in 2006 by James R. Von Ehr II, a 1972 computer science graduate and successful entrepreneur who has long demonstrated his commitment to MSU and the college through service and philanthropy. The intent of the scholarships is “to provide financial assistance to outstanding undergraduate students who come from humble backgrounds, as I did,” says Von Ehr.

Qualified prospective students—those scoring in the 90th percentile and above on national placement exams and who have a proven financial need—are invited to apply for the scholarships, which are renewable for four years. Incoming freshman applicants are required to write a brief essay that describes their idea of the meaning of “free enterprise,” “liberty,” and “open world markets,” and relate how these principles help to promote creativity and the transmission of technological benefits to different world cultures and society in general. Each fall since 2006, four incoming students have been named Von Ehr Scholars.