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Oct. 31, 2014

Mike Sadler (AES ’13) nominated for nation’s top scholar-athlete award in college footballMike Sadler (AES '13) has won an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship and is nominated for the country's top scholar-athlete award in college football.

The college’s Applied Engineering Sciences (AES) program is getting national media attention following the news that Mike Sadler (AES ’13) is a national finalist for the Campbell Trophy—the nation’s top scholar-athlete in college football.

Mlive.com and other media reported that Michigan State senior punter Mike Sadler was named one of 17 National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award recipients. The foundation announced his selection on Thursday.

Each award winner receives an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship. The award also makes Sadler a finalist for the 2014 William V. Campbell Trophy, given annually to the top scholar-athlete in college football. The award will be presented during a Dec. 9 banquet at the Waldorf Astoria in New York.

Sadler, of Grand Rapids, is a graduate of Forest Hills Northern Hill School. He was a first-team All-Big Ten selection last year and is a three-time Academic All-American. Sadler is the seventh Michigan State player to earn national scholar-athlete honors.

He graduated in May 2013 with a degree in applied engineering sciences. He is now pursuing a PhD in economics.

The college’s popular AES program has 244 students, up by 120 students from six years ago.  AES is known for its unique undergraduate, interdisciplinary program. Students study a core that combines math, statistics, and basic science across most engineering disciplines. It prepares students with strong analytical capabilities, business knowledge, leadership, and communications skills.

Other AES graduates include Maura McDonald '87 at Dow Corning; Holly Aikens '93 at Ford Motor Company, Monica Braman '03 at Boeing, Donnie Haye '81 at IBM, Charles Kosmas '90 at Chrysler, Eric Seger '94 at Integrated Capital Management, and Randy Shacka '04 at Two Men and A Truck.