photo of new group of STARR scholars

Fifteen high school students, all of which are from either the state of Wyoming or the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, were each recently awarded a STARR Charitable Foundation Scholarship to attend Michigan State University.

Fifteen high school students, all of which are from either the state of Wyoming or the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, were each recently awarded a STARR Charitable Foundation Scholarship to attend Michigan State University.

The students from Wyoming are:  Kyle Berray of Casper, WY; Julia Fenn of Sheridan, WY; Johnathon Finch of Glenrock, WY; Katarina Huss of Casper, WY; Rhylan Huss of Laramie, WY; Hana Lerwick of Cheyenne, WY; Madison Pehringer of Sheridan, WY; Fallyn Richmond of Riverton, WY; and Ali Stark, of Laramie, WY.

The students from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan are:  Robert Bradley of Gladstone, MI; Benjamin Cole of Marquette, MI; Sean Hyslop of Houghton, MI; Erin Kurth of Garden, MI; Lyla Luoto of Engadine, MI; and Isaac Slajus of Iron Mountain, MI.

The STARR Charitable Foundation Scholarship pays all regular costs, including tuition, fees, books, room, board, and incidental expenses as defined by the university, for eight semesters at MSU, beginning with the fall semester each year.

An anonymous private donor established the STARR Charitable Foundation Scholarship to provide a unique education opportunity for multiple students from the State of Wyoming and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

“The donors were compelled to share all that they had gained from their time at MSU with students of high character in rural communities whose ability to secure a college education may be limited by their family resources,” Douglas Estry, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, said.    “We are grateful for the extraordinary generosity of these donors.  Private support such as theirs helps us to maintain our commitment to keeping our doors open to the best and brightest students.”

The donors stipulated that STARR scholars must demonstrate academic interest and achievement by attaining a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.  Additionally, the scholars must demonstrate distinguished personal character and leadership ability.

For more information about the STARR Charitable Foundation Scholarship, visit starr.msu.edu.