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Frostic School of Art welcomes freshman and Medallion Scholars Michael Bruny-Groth and Nora Tkac

Michael Bruny-Groth and Nora Tkac are two of eight Medallion Scholars entering the College of Fine Arts for the fall 2008 semester and two of eighteen University wide. The Frostic School would like to welcome Megan into our community.

Michael Bruny-Groth, of Dowagiac, Mich., received a Presidential Medallion Scholarship and plans to major in graphic design. He graduated from Loy Norrix High School and is the son of Carol Riordon and Michael Groth. He was a three-year member of the track team, participated in the drama club and improv team, served as a student theatre director, and was named to Who's Who. Bruny-Groth's artwork has been displayed at the Epic Center in Kalamazoo during three Art Hop events. In addition, his top-motion film, "Weightless," was one of 17 state entries out of 70 to be accepted for the fifth annual Teen Filmmaker Festival.

Nora Tkac, of Brighton, Mich., received a Dwight B. Waldo Endowed Medallion Scholarship and plans to major in public relations. Tkac graduated from Brighton High School and is the daughter of Ronald and Sandra Tkac. She was a member of the National Honor Society and participated in theatre, debate, Girls State, the varsity club and visual art activities, such as serving as a classroom art assistant. Tkac played on the basketball team for two years and the softball team all four years of high school, twice being named to the All-State Academic Softball Team. She has been involved in numerous community service activities, such as working on behalf of Hurricane Katrina Victim Relief, instructing youth basketball and teaching vacation Bible School.

About the Medallion Scholarship Program

Each Medallion Scholarship is valued at $40,000 over four years ($10,000 per year). All Medallion Scholars become members of Western Michigan University's Lee Honors College. Benefits of the honors college include a freshman mentoring program, smaller class sizes, individualized academic advising, and much more.

2008 press release