New Von Ehr Scholars 2020-21

Sept. 8, 2020

Four first-year students named Von Ehr Scholars

Kira Hegdal, one of the four new Von Ehr Scholars, hopes to build space ships one day.
Kira Hegdal, one of the four new Von Ehr Scholars, hopes to build space ships one day. 

Four new students have been selected to receive Von Ehr Scholarships in the Michigan State University College of Engineering. They were greeted and recognized during a Zoom reception on Sept. 1, 2020.

The 2020-21 Von Ehr Scholars are:

Michael Benington of Hinsdale, Illinois, who will study computer science and engineering. He is a graduate of Hinsdale Central High School. He is interested in exploring artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and biomedical engineering.

Michael Benington is interested in AI, cybersecurity, and biomedical engineering.
Michael Benington will explore AI, cybersecurity, and biomedical engineering.

Kira Hegdal of Troy, Michigan, is a member of Honors College and will study mechanical engineering with a concentration in aerospace. She is a graduate of Troy Athens High School. She is interested in building space ships.

Sam Hus wants to learn more about programming.
Sam Hus wants to learn more about programming and research.

Sam Hus of Naperville, Illinois, who will study computer science and explore business and history at MSU.  He is a graduate of Metea Valley High School. He enjoys technology and will focus on programming, research and ways to blend his various interests.

Catherine Anger will blend interests in engineering and visual storytelling.
Catherine Anger will blend interests in engineering and visual storytelling.

Catherine Anger of Caro, Michigan, is a member of the Honors College and will study computer science and media and information. She is a graduate of Caro High School. Her goal is to cultivate her skills in engineering and programming and channel them into her passion for film and visual storytelling through computer graphics and creating more efficient methods of producing practical effects. She hopes to be a film director and producer someday.

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.