Five NatSci students receive full scholarships to MSU

  • Sep 17, 2018
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Five incoming Michigan State University students majoring in subjects in the College of Natural Science (NatSci) received scholarships to cover full tuition, room and board and a stipend for up to eight semesters of undergraduate study.

This year’s NatSci scholars include four Alumni Distinguished Scholars and 0ne University Distinguished Scholar. The highly competitive scholarships are valued at around $120,000 for in-state students and $220,000 for out-of-state students.

The following four Alumni Distinguished Scholars were selected from more than 1,300 of the top high school seniors who applied to MSU. They participated in interviews and took an intensive general knowledge exam this past winter to qualify for the award:

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Gabriella (Gabby) Hardy

Gabriella (Gabby) Hardy graduated from St. Joseph High School in St. Joseph, Mich. Hardy plans to major in biochemistry and molecular biology.

“With this scholarship, the university affirmed its belief in my abilities,” Hardy said. “Now, it’s my job to prove them right and use this opportunity to follow my academic passions while making a difference in the MSU community and beyond.”

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Charles (Charlie) Hultquist

Charles (Charlie) Hultquist graduated from the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Bartlett, Ill., and plans to major in physics.

“The scholarship is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me that I am extremely grateful for,” Hultquist said. “With the scholarship, I can appreciate all of the wonderful opportunities Michigan State has to offer with an added sense of financial security. Whether it is clubs, research, service or academics, the Alumni Distinguished Scholarship will allow me to pursue my interests and give back to my community more than ever.” 

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Jason Kenny

Jason Kenny graduated from Riverside Brookfield High School in La Grange, Ill., and will be pursuing an advanced mathematics degree.

“To me, receiving this scholarship validated the hard work I put in during high school,” Kenny said. “I’m incredibly grateful that this financial burden has been lifted so I can take the courses I want in order to learn more about what I like am interested in. I’d like to believe my personality and ambition came through in the interview, and I feel as if MSU is recognizing my willingness to learn and to be a leader in the community.”

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Cecilia (CiCi) Mikat

Cecilia (CiCi) Mikat graduated from Brighton High School in Milford, Mich., and plans to major in advanced mathematics.

“This scholarship acts as a license to grow as a scholar in an environment where I know I am valued, Said Mikat. “It has opened up my academic life in countless ways. I'm looking forward to taking full advantage!”

University Distinguished Scholars were selected from an MSU applicant pool by the executive director of admissions and recruitment and the dean of the Honors College based on high school programs, achievements, standardized test scores and interviews with the finalists. The NatSci University Distinguished Scholar this year is:

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Rida Khan

Rida Khan graduated from Hume-Fogg Magnet High School in Nashville, Tenn., and plans to major in physiology with a minor in global public health and epidemiology. Khan described the scholarship as one of the greatest accomplishments in her life.

“It's a prestigious honor,” Khan said. “All the hard work and effort I put in the last couple of years has been recognized and appreciated by the administrators of a diverse and internationally renowned university.  This is a great incentive for me to continue to work hard and become someone worthy of the potential seen in me by those who awarded the scholarship.

All of the students receiving an Alumni Distinguished Scholarship or University Distinguished Scholarship are members of the Honors College. To see a list of all 22 MSU students who received full scholarships, visit https://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2018/22-students-receive-full-scholarships-to-attend-msu/.

Banner image: Five incoming Michigan State University students majoring in subjects in the College of Natural Science (NatSci) received scholarships to cover full tuition, room and board and a stipend for up to eight semesters of undergraduate study.