Dreams of teaching in underdeveloped countries drive Eastern Michigan University Presidential Scholar

by Emily Vontom, Published November 09, 2012

Elise Hiskens, 18, dreams of teaching children in under-developed countries. Thanks to Eastern Michigan University and her Presidential Scholarship, the freshman's dreams may come true sooner than she expected.

The Presidential Scholarship is an elite four-year award that pays 30 credit hours per year of in-state tuition, housing, food allowance and mandatory fees.

Hiskens, originally from Newcastle, Australia, graduated from Huron High School in Ann Arbor, Mich.

"Eastern's education program is top ranked and I want to get a degree in teaching," said Hiskens, an early childhood education major. "This is the right place to come for that."

Outside of her studies, Hiskens enjoys swing dancing, European history and reading. She is also involved with His House, a Christian fellowship group.

"His House has been a really great part of my experience at Eastern," said Hiskens. "But, I'm really looking forward to getting to know many more people and just continuing my education activities."

Presidential Scholars are selected during EMU's annual Presidential Scholarship Competition. Awards are based on a competitive exam. To compete, high school seniors must have either a 3.7 GPA, with a minimum of a 25 ACT or 1,150 SAT score. Each scholarship winner must also complete a successful interview.



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