MSU Congratulates $14,000 Great Plains Exceptional Scholars
Minot State University today awarded nine incoming first-year students with Great Plains Exceptional Scholar Awards. These students have earned a $14,000 scholarship provided by Minot State University in support of its goal to become one of the premier public, regional universities in the Great Plains of North America.
The 2008 Great Plains Exceptional Scholars, listed by their hometowns and declared majors, are:
- Bottineau - Matthew Volk, history
- Crosby - Jared Olson, music
- Greenfell, Saskatchewan - Lynice Dorgan, communication disorders
- Mandan - Kirsten Gieser, communication disorders
- Minot - Anthony Anderson, physics/pre-engineering
- Minot - Maxwell Buchholz, elementary education
- Minot - Erin Obenchain, elementary education
- Regina, Saskatchewan - Kristen Schneider, communication disorders
- Williston - Damara Gregory, management
Incoming freshmen from states and provinces within the Great Plains were invited to apply, and they had to achieve a 3.65 or above grade-point average in high school and a composite ACT score of 30-36 or a combined SAT score of 1340-1600 in order to qualify. The selection process also required students to submit an essay that demonstrated their civic engagement or their contribution to a sense of place.
To be eligible for the initial award and subsequent renewals, students must be enrolled in 12 credit hours and maintain a GPA of 3.3 or above. The scholarship will be paid in increments of $3,500 per year, in equal installments each semester, for four consecutive undergraduate years provided all renewal criteria are met.