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Senior receives prestigious engineering scholarship

July 6, 2004

KALAMAZOO--Amy J. Conine, a Western Michigan University mechanical engineering senior, is one of only 40 students from around the country to be awarded a scholarship from one of the nation's leading engineering honor societies.

Conine of Lima, Ohio, was named a Tau Beta Pi Scholar by that organization's fellowship board. As part of her designation, she received a $2,000 cash award for her senior year of study. The scholarship Conine received is funded by and named for General Motors Corp.

The 40 students honored were selected from among 643 applicants for the award, which is based on scholarship, campus leadership and service. Tau Beta Pi, founded in 1885, represents the entire engineering profession and has chapters on 228 U.S. college campuses as well as a membership of nearly 470,000.

Following her December 2004 graduation, Conine intends to begin work on an advanced degree. The WMU Lee Honors College member is employed by FEMA Corp. of Michigan, where she began working in the company's engineering lab. Recently, she transferred to the manufacturing engineering department, where she works more closely with the production side of the business.

Active in extracurricular activities throughout her college career, Conine has been a competitive gymnast, a member of intramural flag football and indoor soccer teams and a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and the Kalamazoo Valley Museum. She is a member of both Tau Beta Pi and the Golden Key International Honour Society.

Earlier this year, Conine was named a WMU Presidential Scholar in mechanical and aeronautical engineering. The award is the highest honor the University bestows on an undergraduate.

Conine is the daughter of Dave and Pam Conine of Lima.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 269 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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