2015-16 Von Ehr Scholars

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Sept. 8, 2015

Von Ehr Scholars named

Four incoming students have been selected to receive Von Ehr Scholarships in the Michigan State University College of Engineering for the 2015-16 academic year.

Edward Kennedy, Mitchell Agrwal, Marisa Hocking, and Nathan Dufrin are this year's Von Ehr Scholars.The new Von Ehr Scholars are:

• Mitchell Agrwal of Saginaw, studying mechanical engineering,

• Nathan Dufrin of Williamston, studying chemical engineering,

• Marisa Hocking of Sterling Heights, studying materials science, and

• Edward Kennedy of Saline, studying mechanical 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,” Von Ehr said.

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” and “liberty,” and relate how these principles help to promote creativity and the transmission of technological benefits to different world cultures and society in general.

There are currently 14 Von Ehr Scholars in the MSU College of Engineering.

Associate Dean Neeraj Buch (left) congratulated Edward Kennedy, Mitchell Agrwal, Marisa Hocking, and Nathan Dufrin as this year's Von Ehr Scholars, along with Assistant Dean Daina Briedis and Dean Leo Kempel.