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High school graduates win MSU's top scholarship

June 5, 2013 -- MSU News Service

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Twenty gifted high school seniors from throughout the country, including 10 from Montana, were selected as recipients of the 2013 Presidential Scholarships, Montana State University's most prestigious scholarship.

MSU Presidential Scholarship awards are based on scholastic achievement, demonstrated leadership and personal qualities. Recipients receive an annual award of a $2,500 stipend plus a tuition waiver, bringing the total value over four years to $30,309 for Montana residents and $80,858 for non-residents. The scholarship is renewable for four years based on maintaining superior academic standing at MSU.

MSU Presidential Scholarships are funded, in part, by individual donors who provide gifts to the Presidential Scholarship Endowment.

The 2013 Presidential Scholarship recipients from Montana, their high school, their intended major and the name/s of their parents are:

Billings
Marilee Beal is a graduate of Billings Senior High School and intends to major in physics and mathematics. She is the daughter of James and Linda Beal.
James Dilts is a graduate of Billings Central Catholic High School. He intends to major in bioengineering and is the son of Steve and Connie Dilts.
David Kirk is a graduate of Billings Central Catholic High School and intends to major in mechanical engineering. He is the son of John and Janny Kirk.
Leanne Williams is a graduate of Billings West High School and intends to major in mechanical engineering. She is the daughter of Gregory and Carolyn Williams.

Bozeman
Michael Dickensheets is a graduate of Bozeman High School and the son of David and Ann Dickensheets. A National Merit scholar, he intends to major in chemical engineering.

Butte
Kayla Sessions is a graduate of Butte High School and intends to major in chemical engineering. She is the daughter of Dale and Lisa Sessions.

Great Falls
Jourdan Gudatis is a graduate of Great Falls High School. He intends to major in engineering and is the son of Joseph Gudatis and Becky Jourdonais.

Hamilton
Samuel Kern is a graduate of Hamilton High School and intends to major in engineering. He is the son of Jeff Kern and Jessica Randazzo.

Helena
Colton Smith is a graduate of Capital High School and intends to major in mathematics and physics. He is the son of Kevin Smith and Lauri Travis.

Manhattan
Zane Huttinga is a graduate of Manhattan High School and intends to major in biology and mathematics. He is the son of David and Cordelia Huttinga.

OUT OF STATE recipients

Hawaii:
Daniel Mills is a home school graduate and intends to major in electrical engineering. He is the son of Roderick and Elizabeth Mills, from Ewa Beach.

Idaho:
Mackenzie O’Bleness is a graduate of Idaho Falls High School and intends to major in computer science. She is the daughter of Michael and Gretchen O’Bleness from Idaho Falls.
Melanie Elzinga is a home school graduate and intends to major in Animal and Range Science. She is the daughter of Glenn and Caryl Elzinga from May, Idaho.

Minnesota:
Alexandra Benjamin is a graduate of Mahtomedi High School and intends to major in environmental engineering. She is the daughter of Leann Benjamin and the late Charles Benjamin from White Bear Lake.
Jacob Oberman is a graduate of the Twin Cities Academy High School and intends to major in mechanical engineering. He is the son of Jeffrey Oberman and Katherine Conner from Saint Paul.

New Mexico:
Jessica Bohn is a graduate of Los Alamos High School and intends to major in biochemistry. She is the daughter of Roy and Laura Bohn.

Oregon:
Nickolas Lapp is a graduate of Lake Oswego High School and intends to major in electrical engineering. He is the son of Robert Lapp and Julie Islitzer.

South Dakota:
Aaron Benson is a graduate of Rapid City Central High School and intends to major in mechanical engineering. He is the son of Mark and Tracy Benson.

Texas:
Loren (Lolo) Thornton is a graduate of Lowell Whiteman High School in Steamboat Springs, Colo. and intends to major in environmental science. She is the daughter of Michael and Shauna Thornton from Houston.

Washington:
Shannon Metzger is a graduate of Gonzaga Preparatory, and intends to major in biology. She is the daughter of Thomas and Suzanne Metzger of Greenacres.

 

 

Ilse-Mari Lee, director, University Honors Program at MSU, 406-994-4110, honors@montana.edu