MSU students receive prestigious scholarships

Adapted from MSU News:


MSU has a lot to celebrate this month with the announcement of four Goldwater Scholars and a Udall Scholar.


Juniors Alissa Bleem from chemical engineering, Natasha Pettinger from biochemistry, chemistry and German, Brian Redman from electrical engineering, and Matt Sherick from chemical engineering and bioengineering learned last Friday, March 29 that they had won the nation’s premier scholarship for undergraduates studying math, natural sciences and engineering. Universities are allowed to nominate four students per year for the Goldwater Scholarship, and all four of MSU’s nominees were selected.


The scholarship provides each student with up to $7,500 per year for tuition, fees, books, and room and board. MSU students have now received 58 Goldwater Scholarships, placing the university among the best in the nation.


Former student body president Blake Bjornson is the recipient of one of 50 Udall Scholarships nationwide. The scholarship recognizes his commitment to an environmentally-related career and sustained efforts and leadership toward his goal.


Bjornson, a junior in mechanical engineering, receives $5,000 and will meet with the other Udall Scholars in August during a four-day orientation in Tucson, Ariz. He is MSU’s fifth Udall Scholar.


Kellie Phillips, a nursing student at MSU, received an Honorable Mention in the 2013 Udall Scholarship competition’s Native health category.