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MSU Academic Advising Award recipient Ada Giusti donates faculty award to MSU Emerging Scholar Program

January 7, 2014

During MSU Spring Convocation ceremonies Tuesday, Ada Giusti, professor of modern languages and literatures, said she would donate the $2,000 honorarium she received for the Academic Advising Award she won to the MSU Presidential Emerging Scholars Grants program. She said she hopes the grant will provide financial help for MSU students who want to travel internationally to conduct service learning. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham.   High-Res Available

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MSU professor Ada Giusti announced her intent to donate the $2,000 honorarium accompanying the Academic Advising Award she received during Tuesday’s Spring Convocation ceremony to MSU’s Presidential Emerging Scholars Grants program.

“In an effort to keep the focus on our students, their education, and the importance of engagement, I’ll be contributing my award back through the MSU Alumni Foundation to MSU’s Presidential Emerging Scholars Grants program,” Giusti said, encouraging fellow faculty to learn more about how the program could benefit their own students.

The Presidential Emerging Scholars Grants program enables faculty to recognize a student’s potential for academic success. Originally established through a generous gift from alumnus David O. Kem ('67) and his wife, Judith L. Raines, the program provided nearly $35,000 in grants to 14 students during 2013 alone, with each grant averaging $2,500. Based on faculty nomination and with faculty guidance, students use Emerging Scholars Grants to engage in hands-on experiences outside the classroom that significantly advance their academic career and prospects for future endeavors. 

Further information and the nomination form for the Presidential Emerging Scholars Program can be found at The nomination deadline for 2014 Spring Semester Emerging Scholar Grants occurs in late February.