May 20, 1997
KALAMAZOO -- Twenty-one students successfully competed against the top graduating seniors in the class of 1997 to win prestigious Medallion Scholarships to begin their studies at Western Michigan University this fall.
The scholarships, each valued at $25,000 over four years, are among the largest merit-based awards in American higher education. Recipients were selected following a competition in which only this year's top applicants to WMU were invited to participate. The 21 Medallion winners, who have a collective grade point average of 3.98 and average American College Test score of 30, competed against more than 1,100 talented high school seniors from some 300 high schools in nine states.
Each award bears the name of the scholarship donor, or the name of an individual in whose name the scholarship was established.
The recipients, their high schools, their intended programs of study and the names of the scholarships are:
Laura S. Ackerman of Freeland, Mich., Heritage High School, University curriculum, the Merze Tate Endowed Medallion Scholarship.
Ashley N. Akerman of VanWert, Ohio, VanWert High School, computer engineering, the Charles Carmichael and Bernadine Carlson-Carmichael Medallion Scholarship.
Jessica D. Barber of Sturgis, Mich., Sturgis High School, music education, the Lana L. Boldi Medallion Scholarship.
Rachel L. Bissi of Novi, Mich., Novi High School, music theatre performer, the John and Ramona Bernhard Endowed Medallion Scholarship.
Vanessa R. Bodnar of Plymouth, Mich., Plymouth Salem High School, biomedical sciences, the Patric E. Ludwig Medallion Scholarship.
Susan L. Cheyne of Lansing, Mich., Grand Ledge High School, tourism and travel, the Daniel and Judy Smith Medallion Scholarship.
Caroline J. Crawford of Grand Rapids, Mich., Northview High School, elementary education, the William McKinley and Cornelia Robinson Education Medallion Scholarship.
Katherine R. Doerr of Grand Blanc, Mich., Goodrich High School, music theatre performer, the James and Mary Thorne Medallion Scholarship.
Michael D. Dozeman of Wyoming, Mich., Rogers High School, electrical engineering, the Diether H. And Carol A. Haenicke Endowed Medallion Scholarship.
Trisha R. Eavy of Flushing, Mich., Flushing Senior High School, dietetics, the John and Joanne Lawrence Medallion Scholarship.
Erin M. McLennon of Stevens Point, Wis., Stevens Point Area Senior High School, jazz studies, the Budd J. Norris Medallion Scholarship.
Maresha Y. Mead of St. Louis, Mich., St. Louis High School, English, the E. Thomas Lawson Medallion Scholarship.
Caroline A. Militzer of Howell, Mich., Hartland High School, University curriculum, the WMU Emeriti Endowed Medallion Scholarship.
Christine V. Pepin of Midland, Mich., Midland High School, student planned major, the Alvin Frays Endowed Medallion Scholarship.
Anna M. Rosas of East Grand Rapids, Mich., East Grand Rapids High School, University curriculum, the Howard & Howard Medallion Scholarship.
Laura A. Schnurstein of Saginaw, Mich., Arthur Hill High School, art education, the William and Judith Maze Jr. Medallion Scholarship.
Jennifer L. Sikorski of Sterling Heights, Mich., Henry Ford II High School, University curriculum, the Thomas E. Coyne Medallion Scholarship.
Erik M. Sisco of Flint, Mich., Kearsley High School, music theatre performer, the Alfred L. Edwards Medallion Scholarship.
Aaron M. Spiller of Yale, Mich., Yale High School, political science, the John and Ramona Bernhard Endowed Medallion Scholarship.
Heather M. Strole of Battle Creek, Mich., Lakeview High School, broadcast and cable production, the Harold and Beulah McKee Endowed Medallion Scholarship.
Betsy A. Sundalius of Battle Creek, Mich., Harper Creek High School, mechanical engineering, the Roy and Beulah Kendall Endowed Medallion Scholarship.
The recipients were selected based on their participation in the 13th annual Medallion Scholarship Competition this past winter on the campus. It included written testing and group problem solving for the students as well as informational sessions for their parents.
To be invited to compete, students had to be admitted to WMU by Jan. 10 with at least a 3.7 grade point average in high school, or at least a 3.5 GPA and an American College Test Score of at least 30. This year's competition included 321 students with perfect 4.0 GPAs and 182 students who scored 30 or higher on the ACT.
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