2017 Von Ehr Scholars

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Aug. 30, 2017

2017-18 Von Ehr Scholars named

Three incoming students have been selected to receive Von Ehr Scholarships in the Michigan State University College of Engineering.The newest Von Ehr Scholars are (front) Meredith Detweiler, Emily Dettloff, and Hunter Jones.

The 2017-18 Von Ehr Scholars are: 

• Emily Dettloff, a first-year student from Clarkston who will study biosystems engineering. She is interested in biomedical engineering and learning more about biomedical devices and prosthetics. She is 2017 graduate of Clarkston High School. 

Meredith Detweiler, a first-year student from Columbus, Ohio, who will study applied engineering sciences (AES). She is interested in exploring the ways an AES degree combines engineering and business skills. She is a 2017 graduate of Olentangy High School in Ohio. 

Hunter Jones, a first-year student from Bloomfield Hills who will study mechanical engineering. He has always been fascinated with engines and is interested in exploring a career in that field. He also hopes to study abroad. He is a 2017 graduate of Bloomfield Hills High School.

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.

Meredith Detweiler, Hunter Jones, and Emily Dettloff (front, l to r) are MSU's newest Von Ehr Scholars. They join other Von Ehr Scholars on campus, including (back, l to r) Matt Baker, a senior in chemical engineering from Wyandotte, Ed Kennedy, a junior in mechanical engineering from Saline, Risa Hocking, a junior in materials science engineering from Sterling Heights, and Lance Frahm, a senior in mechanical engineering from Frankenmuth.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 first-year applicants are required to write a brief essay that describes their idea of the meaning of “free enterprise” and “liberty,” and to relate how these principles help to promote creativity and the transmission of technological benefits to different world cultures and society in general.