Thirteen 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 MSU.

Thirteen 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:  Judy Chen of Sheridan, WY; Hayden Harris of Cokeville, WY; Gretchen Moretti of Powell, WY; Brandon Okray of Gillette, WY; and Harli Wood of Jackson, WY.

The students from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan are:  Ben Collaer of Houghton, MI; Katie Edwards of Marquette, MI; Ingrid Flaspohler of Houghton, MI; Kayla Makela of Houghton, MI; Calla Martysz of Marquette, MI; Amanda Matilla of Toivola, MI; Logan Ryan of Iron Mountain, MI; and Carly Suriano of Sault Ste. Marie, 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.”

Since the scholarship’s inception in 1998, there have been 99 scholarships awarded.

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.

Visit the STARR Charitable Foundation Scholarship website for more information.