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Two MSU students win national scholarships from first-year honorary

July 17, 2013

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BOZEMAN -- Ryan Hamilton of McAllister and Leanna Hansen of San Diego have each won a $1,000 scholarship from a national honor society recognizing their academic excellence at Montana State University.

Hamilton received an ALD Scholarship and Hansen received a Jo Anne J. Trow Scholarship given by Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society for First Year Students. Hamilton will be a junior majoring in biotechnology. Hansen will be a junior majoring in cell biology and neuroscience.

In addition, MSU Chapter of ALD was one of six national chapters to receive the Order of Torch Award as one of the top ALD chapters in the country. In addition to MSU, chapters from Bowling Green State University, Saint Vincent College, The University of California–Los Angeles, The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh received the award. A representative from Alpha Lambda Delta will travel to Bozeman in October to present the award.

Alpha Lambda Delta is a national honor society that recognizes and encourages academic excellence among first-year students. Students are nominated to the society as freshmen, based on their grade point average from their first semester in college. Student are inducted in the spring semester of their first year and participate in the honorary’s service and social activities throughout their time at MSU, according to the group's adviser, Steve Swinford, professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.. 

MSU's chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta nominated Hamilton and Hansen for the scholarships. Selection is based on academic records, participation in Alpha Lambda Delta activities and an application.

Steve Swinford (406) 994-5254 swinford@montana.edu