MSU announces Great Plains Exceptional Scholars Awards
Minot State University awarded 19 incoming first-year students with Great Plains Exceptional Scholar Awards. These students have earned full-tuition scholarship awards for four years, 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.
"I am very proud of the number and quality of students in this group," said Kevin Harmon, assistant vice president for enrollment management. "This is our fourth class since the inception of the award, and one of the most talented groups of recipients."
The 2012 Great Plains Exceptional Scholars, listed by their hometowns and declared majors, are:
- Bowbells Marie Jepsen, elementary education.
- Bowman Brady Roemmich, mathematics education.
- Carson Kayla Scholes, elementary education.
- Grand Forks Nina Coster, music education.
- Hampden Gabrielle Damschen, music education.
- Hazen Braeton Traiser, music education.
- Minot Alexander Buchholz, accounting; Alex Malnaa, undeclared; Kelli Sem, chemistry; Katherine Talley, undeclared; Nicholas Theis, mathematics education; and Lindsay Williams, English.
- Velva Jedidiah Jesperson, management.
- Williston Lindsey Eliasen, music education.
- Colorado Springs, Colo. Elisa Wilson, biology.
- Monroe, La. Tiffany Kiok, English education.
- Belt, Mont. Katie McKinney, undeclared.
- Renton, Wash. Natalie Kelly, athletic training.
- Kandern, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany Kathryn Harrop, a United States citizen, nursing.
Incoming freshman from the United States and Canada were invited to apply. 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 is needed 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.
Damschen cited her experience with civic engagement in her essay.
"I've grown up with it. Because of my dad's (elected) position, I've learned a lot about government and how it works," Damschen wrote. "The importance of citizenship has been ingrained in me I know it's important to be active and engaged in civic events because they both affect us, and they are affected by us."
"Growing up, my family, friends and faith have always taught me to put others first. I will continue on my journey of giving back; it will be in new capacities, and I look forward to each and every rewarding challenge," Theis succinctly wrote in his essay.
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.
For questions, contact Harmon at 858-3140 or firstname.lastname@example.org.