Six Michigan State University seniors have been chosen as finalists to receive the Richard Lee Featherstone Endowed Prize.
This prize seeks to identify the most outstanding graduating senior and to grant an award, without limit or bounds, to be used for future growth and development, travel, graduate study, or meditation.


The 2014 finalists include:
• Anzar Abbas, of Dubai, UAE (Lyman Briggs College)
• Kayla Felger, of Fort Wayne, Ind. (College of Natural Science and Honors College)
• Kristin McCool, of St. Johns, Mich. (College of Arts and Letters)
• Craig Pearson, of Bloomfield Township, Mich. (Lyman Briggs College and Honors College)
• Hannah Selig, of Holland, Mich. (College of Social Science and Honors College)
• Benjamin Thorp, of Petoskey, Mich. (Residential College in Arts and Humanities)


The prize was created in 1986 by a group of MSU College of Education alumni to celebrate Dr. Featherstone’s life and contributions to scholarship, research and leadership. Two award recipients are chosen each year to receive a $2,000 award. The award recipients must be MSU seniors who exhibit an open, curious, creative approach to education and ideas, as well as intellectual ingenuity.


“This prize is truly unique amongst other prizes and scholarships MSU students can apply for,” Douglas W. Estry, associate provost for Undergraduate Education and dean of Undergraduate Studies, said. “While most prizes and scholarships focus on grade point average, this award is dedicated to finding students who demonstrate exceptional character and leadership in enriching the lives of others and a commitment to community service and lifelong learning.”


The winner of the Richard Lee Featherstone Endowed Prize will be announced during a luncheon at 12:00 p.m. on April 22, 2014 at the University Club of Michigan State University, 3435 Forest Road, in Lansing Township.