Welcome ADS & UDS Scholars – 2021

June 8, 2021

Engineering welcomes seven of MSU's top incoming student scholars

Rachael Schenck will study materials science and Ella Harrell is interested in biosystems engineering.
Rachael Schenck will study materials science, and Ella Harrell is interested in biosystems engineering.

Eighteen incoming students have been awarded scholarships to cover full tuition, room and board and a stipend for up to eight semesters of undergraduate study at Michigan State University.

Seven of them are headed to the MSU College of Engineering.

The scholarships are valued at about $130,000 for in-state students and approximately $230,000 for out-of-state students. 

Engineering Dean Leo Kempel said the College of Engineering is proud that nearly half of the new ADS and UDS winners will become Spartan Engineers.

Alumni Distinguished Scholar Weeam Guetari
Alumni Distinguished Scholar Weeam Guetari

“These students represent the very best in incoming scholars. They will be leaders of the future in academia, industry and government,” Kempel added.

All students receiving an Alumni Distinguished Scholarship or University Distinguished Scholarship 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, participated in interviews and took an intensive general knowledge exam this past winter. 

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

Alumni Distinguished Scholar Samuel Rabick
Alumni Distinguished Scholar Samuel Rabick

• Weeam Guetari of McDonald, Pennsylvania. Guetari is graduating from South Fayette Township High School. She plans to major in chemical engineering.

Ella Harrell of Youngstown, Ohio. Harrell is graduating from Poland Seminary High School. She plans to major in biosystems engineering.

• Samuel Rabick of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Rabick is graduating from Comstock High School and the Kalamazoo Area Math and Science Center. He plans to major in electrical engineering. 

Alumni Distinguished Scholar Tessa Versace
Alumni Distinguished Scholar Tessa Versace

• Rachel Schenck of Ada, Michigan. Schenck is graduating from Forest Hills Central High School. She is planning to major in material science and engineering.

• Tessa Versace of Chicago, Illinois. Versace is graduating from Lane Technical High School. She plans to major in chemical engineering.

University Distinguished Scholars were selected from the MSU applicant pool by the director of admissions and the dean of the Honors College based on high school programs, achievements, and interviews with the finalists.

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

University Distinguished Scholars Sanaye Lewis and Mate Narh will join MSU this fall.
University Distinguished Scholars Sanaye Lewis and Mate Narh will join MSU this fall.

• Sanaye Lewis of Acworth, Georgia. Lewis is graduating from Kennesaw Mountain High School. She plans to major in computer science.

Mate Narh of Accra, Ghana. Narh graduated from Achimota School. He plans to major in electrical engineering.

Read more on this year’s top scholars on the Honors College website.