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May 31, 2016

College of Engineering to welcome top MSU scholars this fall

Twenty-three incoming Michigan State University students will receive either a University Distinguished Scholarship or an Alumni Distinguished Scholarship in fall 2016 – considered among the most competitive awards in the country. More than a quarter of these top scholars are headed to the College of Engineering. Welcome Scholars! Top, from left: Jordan Hankin, Laura Hohnstadt, Emalee Metzner and (bottom): Matthew Rightor, Andrew Schmidt, and Tyler Will.

The scholarships are valued at about $120,000 for in-state students and approximately $200,000 for out-of-state students. They cover full tuition, room and board and a stipend for up to eight semesters of study.

The newest Alumni Distinguished Scholars and University Distinguished Scholars hail from Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, New York, Nebraska, Missouri, Virginia and California. All will be members of the Honors College. 

Alumni Distinguished Scholars were selected from more than 1,100 of the top high school seniors who applied to MSU and took an intensive general knowledge exam in February. They were then selected by a committee comprising faculty and administrators based on the results of the exam, high school programs and achievements, other standardized test scores and interviews with the finalists. 

The Alumni Distinguished Scholars headed to the College of Engineering are:

• Jordan Hankin of San Diego, California. Hankin is graduating from Canyon Crest Academy. He plans to select a major in the College of Engineering. 

• Laura Hohnstadt of Clarkston. Hohnstadt is graduating from Lutheran High School Northwest. She plans to major in civil engineering in the College of Engineering. 

• Emalee Metzner of Hastings. Metzner is graduating from Hastings High School. She plans to major in environmental engineering in the College of Engineering. 

• Matthew Rightor of Midland. Rightor is graduating from Herbert Henry Dow High School. He plans to major in mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering. 

• Andrew Schmidt of Saint Peters, Missouri. Schmidt is graduating from Francis Howell North High School. He plans to major in computer science in the College of Engineering. 

University Distinguished Scholars were chosen from an MSU applicant pool based on academic records, accomplishments and interviews with the finalists. Students were selected by the director of admissions and dean of the Honors College on the basis of their high school programs, achievements and standardized test scores. 

The University Distinguished Scholar headed to the College of Engineering is: 

• Tyler Will of Clarence, New York. Will is graduating from Canisius High School. He plans to double major in computational mathematics in the College of Natural Science and computer science in the College of Engineering.