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Maurice "Pete" Decoster Endowed Chemistry Scholarship

This award is given to a chemistry or biochemistry major in his/her senior year with at least a 3.0 minimum GPA and demonstrated financial need.  Preference is given to those who participate in an undergraduate research project during their senior year.




Maurice "Pete" Decoster

2018 Zeineb El-Mohri

Maurice Decoster was a 1932 graduate of Eastern Normal School (now EMU) with a degree in education.  While at EMU, he worked in the chemical stockroom, and in 1931, was president of the chemistry club.  Despite his academic ability, he almost did not return for his senior year because of financial hardship.  But, in the waning days of the summer of 1931, a mysterious benefactor provided him with assistance.


After leaving EMU, Mr. Decoster briefly taught high school and then he moved to Upjohn where he worked as an industrial chemist.  Over sixty years after leaving EMU, Mr. Decoster still remembered his generous benefactor and, in 1996, he decided to present a similar favor to other EMU students with financial need.

2017 Justin Powers
2016 Michaela Repaska
2015 Ahmed Oudeif
2014 Sylvia Torres
2013 Calvin J. Day
2012 Elizabeth P. Miguet
2011 Ian M. Pendleton
2010 Tiffiny M. Micyus
2009 Umar Syed
2008 John R. Heemstra
Geneve M. Maxwell
2007 Janine Van Gemert
2006 Devin A. Foether
Allison M. Rogalski
2005 Robert D. Anderson
Michele M. Lawrence
2004 Jennifer M. Stephens
Robert A. Vogt
2003 Christopher D. Clifford
Cristina Varzoaba
2002 Christopher J. Knight
Mace R. Mattieson
2001 Andrew J. Jones
Nicole M. Trease
2000 Lynne M. Kalmbach
Tomiyo N. Wemert
1999 Thomas D. Horvath
Michael E. Nivala
1998 Ka Ho Kwok
Christopher Zyskowski
1997 Tanya Philpot
Tara Prendergast

The Department of Chemistry is part of the College of Arts & Sciences, 214 Pray-Harrold