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2019 Von Ehr scholars

Aug. 28, 2019

Four freshmen are newest Von Ehr Scholars

Four new students have been selected to receive Von Ehr Scholarships in the Michigan State University College of Engineering. They were recognized during a reception in the Engineering Building on Aug. 27, 2019. The 2019-20 Von Ehr Scholars are:

Engineering Dean Leo Kempel (center) greeted MSU’s newest Von Ehr Scholars during a reception Aug. 27. Scholars are (from left) Ethan James, Christopher Cardimen, Mikayla Norton, and Sam Bay.
Engineering Dean Leo Kempel (center) greeted MSU’s newest Von Ehr Scholars during a reception Aug. 27. Scholars are (from left) Ethan James, Christopher Cardimen, Mikayla Norton, and Sam Bay.

Sam Bay of Arlington Heights, Illinois, who will study applied engineering sciences. He is a graduate of John Ersey High School in Arlington Heights. He is interested in exploring mathematics and economics as part of his AES major.

Christopher Cardimen of Rochester Hills, who will study computer science. He is a graduate of Rochester Adams High School. Cardimen is interested in programming, software and video gaming.

Mikayla Norton of Howell, who will study applied engineering sciences. She is a graduate of Howell High School. The entrepreneur baker has already founded a catering company and is interested in learning more about MSU’s Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering.

Ethan James of Pittsburgh, who will study chemical engineering. He is a graduate of North Allegheny Senior High School in Wexford, Pennsylvania. He will pursue a minor in computer science.

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 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.