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Jan. 21, 2015

David Zoltowski to study in England as Churchill Scholar

David Zoltowski, an electrical engineering senior in the Michigan State University College of Engineering, is one of 14 American students nationwide to be awarded a Churchill Scholarship. He is also a member of the MSU Honors College.

David ZoltowskiHe will pursue a master of philosophy in information engineering at the University of Cambridge.

He is MSU’s 17th Churchill Scholar.

Zoltowski has a perfect 4.0 grade-point average. One of last year’s Goldwater Scholars, he is captain of the MSU Varsity Swimming and Diving team, a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten. He plans to graduate from MSU in May 2015.

Learn more on him in David's Spartan Saga video.

He is a research assistant to Professor Selin Aviyente in the Communications and Signal Processing Lab, a member of MSU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council, Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu and an Honors Times Two mentor.

“I am honored to be named a Churchill Scholar and look forward to making the most of my experience at Cambridge in all areas of life,” Zoltowski said. “I want to thank all members of the MSU community who have supported me in my endeavors.

“My ultimate goal,” Zoltowski continued, “is to become a professor doing research studying the brain from an engineering perspective. A long-term goal of mine is to apply my analysis techniques to the study, diagnosis, and treatment of autism spectrum disorder. I draw motivation for this goal from my triplet, autistic brother.”

Dean Leo Kempel of the MSU College of Engineering said providing talented students with opportunities to explore and flourish are an important part of the College of Engineering’s academic program.

“David is an excellent example that today’s students will change the future by merging a solid engineering foundation with technology innovations,” Kempel added.

Zoltowski is also the recipient of the MSU Honors College National Scholarship, Walter R. Yates Memorial Scholarship and Arthur J. Harris Memorial Scholarship.

He is from West Lafayette, Ind.

Churchill Scholarship Program
Established in 1959, the Winston Churchill Foundation’s Scholarship Program offers 14 U.S. students of exceptional ability and outstanding achievement the opportunity to pursue graduate degrees in engineering, mathematics, or the sciences in Churchill College at the University of Cambridge in England.

Ninety applications from 59 institutions were received for the 2015-2016 Churchill Scholarship Program, including 19 public universities, 24 private universities, 15 liberal arts colleges and one service academy.

The applicant group included 35 women and 55 men.  The average GPA of the group is 4.129.

The National and International Fellowship and Scholarship (NIFS) office at Michigan State University, administered by the Honors College, helps interested undergraduate and graduate students to pursue major national and international opportunities by providing information and direct support throughout the competitive application processes. The Honors College serves academically talented, committed students who wish to pursue and achieve academic excellence.