Indiana native, EMU Presidential Scholar jumps into freshman year

by Emily Vontom, Published November 09, 2012

Busy is the best word to describe Eastern Michigan University freshman Hannah Hilbert.

Hilbert, 20, is involved with the forensics team, the Poetry Society, VISION, German Club and is a campus tour guide. In addition, she is also a Presidential Scholar - an elite four-year that gives a select few students 30 credit hours per year of in-state tuition, housing, food allowance and mandatory fees.

"I chose Eastern because the forensics team is one of the best in the nation," said Hilbert, who comes to Eastern from Fishers, Ind. "People I met both on the team and across campus as a whole have been extremely friendly and accepting."

Hilbert has already gotten off to a great start in on-campus activities. She participated in the Poetry Society's "Do What You Do" talent show event in October and in March, she will travel to Atlanta, Ga. for Alternative Spring Break (ASB) with VISION.

"We will be working refugee children," said Hilbert. "We'll be providing tutoring services and other educational support."

Hilbert, who has a double major in anthropology and English linguistics, has plans to live abroad after she graduates, and she has already been making study abroad plans, too.

"I studied abroad in Ecuador for an entire year between junior and senior year of high school," said Hilbert. "I have plans to study abroad in Germany through Eastern's study abroad program and possibly in an African nation for linguistic research."

Presidential Scholars are selected during Eastern's annual Presidential Scholarship Competition in December. 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.




Emily Vontom

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