Three Von Ehr Scholars Named

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September 17, 2012

Three incoming students have been selected to receive Von Ehr Scholarships for the 2012-13 academic year.

They are (l to r in photo) Kyle Swinkin of Livonia, Mich. (computer science and engineering); Kathleen Haynes of Dimondale, Mich. (environmental engineering); and Carson Laurenz of Midland, 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.