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MSU students finish strong year of major scholarship wins

May 5, 2016 -- From MSU News Service

Eighteen MSU students were honored recently for being named winners and finalists of major national scholarships and fellowships. Included in the group were Goldwater, Fulbright, Truman, Udall and National Science Foundation scholars. The honored students are pictured here with MSU President Waded Cruzado and Ilse-Mari Lee, dean of the MSU Honors College. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham.

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BOZEMAN – Eighteen Montana State University students were honored at a reception held this week for winners and finalists of major national scholarships and fellowships. Included in the group were Goldwater, Udall, Truman, Fulbright and National Science Foundation scholars.

“We are so proud of these students and are delighted to recognize them for their incredible accomplishments,” said MSU President Waded Cruzado. “Montana State University’s bright, committed and hard-working students have once again proven that there are no limits to what they can achieve.”

Among other scholarships announced, the university learned this spring that three MSU students – Joshua Carter, Zane Huttinga and John Ryter – were selected as recipients of the Goldwater Scholarship. The Goldwater is the nation's premier scholarship for undergraduates studying math, natural sciences and engineering, and it provides each student up to $7,500 a year for tuition, fees, books, and room and board. MSU has now produced 67 Goldwater Scholars, keeping the university one of the nation's top institutions for numbers of recipients. 

In April, MSU’s Levi Birky – who served this year as student body president – won the Truman Scholarship, a highly competitive and prestigious scholarship given to college juniors with demonstrated leadership potential and commitment to public service. The scholarship provides $30,000 toward graduate school and the opportunity to participate in professional development programming to help prepare recipients for careers in public service leadership. This spring Birky also received a Newman Civic Fellowship Award, given in recognition of his work to find solutions for challenges facing his community and for his service, community-based research and advocacy. 

And earlier this week, two MSU students who are active in their tribal communities won the prestigious Udall Scholarship from the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation. Montana Duke Wilson and Elva Faye Agnes Dorsey are two of only 60 students from 49 colleges and universities to have been selected as 2016 Udall Scholars. As scholars in the Tribal Public Policy category, they will join a cohort of 15 Udall Scholars committed to working on issues related to American Indian nations.

“This has been a remarkable year,” said Ilse-Mari Lee, dean of the MSU Honors College. “We are very proud of the accomplishments of our students. These highly motivated students were mentored by faculty members across our campus, devoted to the success of our students.  We are deeply grateful to our students’ faculty mentors for their guidance and support of our students, by providing them with tremendous undergraduate research opportunities in diverse academic disciplines."


This year’s major scholarship winners from MSU are listed below by scholarship, name, major and hometown:

Fulbright Scholar (research grant, New Zealand), Karsten Lorentz, geology and Honors, Wenatchee, Washington

Fulbright Scholar (English teaching assistant, Malaysia), Cassianne Lund, psychology and French, Darien, Illinois

Fulbright Scholar (English teaching assistant, Malaysia), Rebecca Stewart, political science/international relations and Latin American studies/Spanish, Mason, Ohio

Goldwater Scholar, Joshua Carter, mechanical engineering and microbiology, Watertown, South Dakota

Goldwater Scholar, Zane Huttinga, mathematics, Amsterdam, Montana

Goldwater Scholar, John Ryter, mechanical engineering, Hamilton

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, Kristen Emmett, ecology, Oregon

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, Nathan Fritz, mechanical engineering, Billings

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, Michael Ruiz, anthropology, Baldwin Park, California

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, Eric Troyer, chemical and biological engineering, Hardin

Newman Civic Fellow, Levi Birky, secondary education – social studies broadfield, Kalispell

Truman Scholar, Levi Birky, secondary education – social studies broadfield, Kalispell

Udall Scholar, Elva Dorsey, business marketing, Browning

Udall Scholar, Montana Duke Wilson, political science and economics, Poplar


This year’s major scholarship finalists from MSU are listed below by scholarship, name, major and hometown:

Fulbright Scholar alternate (English teaching assistant, Poland), Adelheid Langner, cell biology and neuroscience, applied psychology and Honors, Missoula

Fulbright Scholar alternate (research grant, New Zealand), Emma Garcia, biological engineering and Honors, Fleming Island, Florida

Marshall Scholar finalist, Brigit Noon, biochemistry and Honors, Fairbanks, Alaska

Rhodes Scholar finalist, Griffin Ruehl, chemical engineering, liberal studies – global and multicultural studies option, and Honors, Sherwood, Oregon

Truman Scholar finalist, Joshua Carter, mechanical engineering and microbiology, Watertown, South Dakota

Truman Scholar finalist, Montana Duke Wilson, political science and economics, Poplar

Udall Scholar honorable mention, Matthew Bain, environmental science, Missoula    

Contact: Ilse-Mari Lee, dean, MSU Honors College, (406) 994-4689 or ilselee@montana.edu