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Presidential Scholars and Future Chemists

2015 Presidential ScholarsTwenty incoming students were selected to receive Presidential Scholarships in 2015-2016.  These four-year scholarships are arguably the most prestigious awarded to incoming EMU students.  Five of the twenty recipients are planning to major in Chemistry or Biochemistry.  A brief profile of these five students follows.

Hannah Armstrong, from Port Huron, Mich., is a chemistry major. During her time at EMU she hopes to play volleyball, join community service-based organizations and study abroad. “[T]his scholarship really gave me the opportunity to enjoy college and find out who I truly am and what I want to do in life,” Armstrong said.

Marisa Gilliam, from Monroe, Mich., is earning a double-major in biochemistry and biological anthropology. She was in a college theater group, Archaeology Club and the International Studies Club in high school. “The [Presidential Scholarship] made it so that I had to step out of my comfort zone [...],” Gilliam said.


Michael Hillegass, from Wadsworth, Ohio, is studying biology and chemistry. At EMU he hopes to play in intramural sports, join the Pre-Dental Club, study abroad, and conduct research. “I am beyond blessed to have this opportunity to become a Presidential Scholar,” Hillegass said. “And, I’m extremely excited to see how far my fellow peers and I go in life.”


Mitchell Meyer, from Dearborn, Mich., is a biochemisty major. He would like to join student organizations, play intramural sports and study abroad at EMU.  Meyer said he will use the money saved for graduate or medical school, now a “much more realistic goal.”

Jesse Wotring, from Clinton, Mich., is a double major in biology and chemistry. He volunteered at Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital, tutored and was a Chemistry Olympiad in high school. “I have benefited from the scholarship [because it has made] life easier for my parents and myself financially,” Wotring said.

- Reprinted with permission from the EMU Honors College Newsletter.

- Posted 12/4/15.

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