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Feb. 21, 2024

Dean’s Showcase of Stars: More than $150,000 in scholarships awarded to outstanding students

College of Engineering, corporate sponsors recognize engaging Spartan engineers

Michigan State University’s College of Engineering and its corporate partners recognized more than 160 students Tuesday, Feb. 20 for their academic achievements and participation in college activities and programming.

Liz Burbatt passing an award to one of the winners of the EGRID Gold Awards
The Feb. 20 Dean’s Showcase of Stars event at Spartan Stadium awarded more than 160 scholarships to students. It also served as a networking event with officials from several corporate sponsors.

The annual event called The Dean’s Showcase of Stars took place inside the Spartan Stadium Club and honored students with more than $150,000 in scholarships. It also created opportunities to network with potential employers.

MSU College of Engineering Dean Leo Kempel thanked the corporate partners who supported the event and scholarships. He also encouraged students to stay involved in career networking opportunities on and off campus as the college continues to expand its offerings and see its enrollment grow.

“These are great times for our students, for our faculty and for our entire community,” Kempel said.

Corporate partners that funded scholarships are:

  • Auto-Owners Insurance
  • Boeing
  • Consumers Energy
  • General Motors
  • Marathon
  • PPG
  • Rocket Companies
  • TechSmith
  • Tesla
  • Ultium Cells

In addition to corporate-funded scholarships, The Dean’s Showcase of Stars offered these alumni-funded scholarships:

  • P.U.S.H. Scholarship (Providing for Undergraduate Students facing Hardship)
  • Professor Kun-Mu Chen Memorial Endowed Scholarship

The Kun-Mu Chen Memorial Endowed Scholarship was added to the event this year and is named after a distinguished electrical engineer. Chen spent more than 40 years teaching at the College of Engineering before his retirement in 2000.

Elizabeth Burbatt, director of First-generation Student Initiatives, said the college created the Dean’s Showcase of Stars several years ago to recognize students of various experiences and backgrounds.

Close to 200 students applied to be among the more than 160 who received scholarships at this year’s event.

“We know GPA isn’t always reflective of effort,” Burbatt said. “Students can come in and have leadership roles, work full-time and be taking classes on top of that. We want them to apply for these scholarships and know there’s an opportunity to get them.

“They aren’t just going to 4.0 students who aren’t engaging with programming and efforts on campus.”

Leo presenting at the Dean's Showcase of Stars
MSU College of Engineering Dean Leo Kempel recognized Feb. 20 students who not only excel academically but also on campus by participating in various programs and activities.

2024 scholarships and recipients:

Auto-Owners Insurance Scholarships

  • Sanju Kona
  • Shmaria Hearns

Boeing Scholarships

  • Harshil Jain
  • Tanaka Chonyera

Consumers Energy Scholarships

  • Abigail Makowski
  • Adrinil Dennis
  • Delsha-Rae Tartt
  • Ederick Plantegenest
  • Eleazar Asase
  • Elena Ristoski
  • Ella Moore
  • Emily Schoepke
  • Hannah Nelson
  • Josh Buggs
  • Kyle Foster
  • Samuel Adjaklo
  • Sydney Dillon
  • Victor Robinson
  • Xavier Cox

Marathon Scholarships

  • Annalena Mecagni
  • Anton Chastang
  • Chance Carter
  • Drake Leach
  • Gavan Shong
  • Hans Lindor
  • Izabella Arechiga
  • Janna Salera
  • Rebecca Simpson
  • Sergio Ramos-Rivera

PPG Scholarships

  • Jaxson Graham
  • Tamia Jenkins

Tesla Scholarships

  • Kylie Keller
  • Nyah Williams

ASMSU Scholarships

  • Adrian Self
  • Dre Holmes
  • Kelsey Henry
  • Lemuel Mensah
  • Pranta Barua

Engineering Student Council Scholarship

  • Amari Selby

Dr. Kun-Mu Chen Memorial Endowed Scholarship

  • Jacob Patton
two students taking a selfie in the Spartan Stadium at the Dean's Showcase of Stars
Students who won scholarships at The Dean’s Showcase of Stars had the opportunity after the event to take selfies outside Spartan Stadium.

P.U.S.H. Scholarships (Providing for Undergraduate Students facing Hardship)

  • Joshua Twumasi
  • Kayla Myles
  • Princess Kandji
  • Ryanne Shaw

EGRID Veterans Scholarship

  • Brendan Bushbaker

EGRID Silver Scholarships

  • Aaryaman Bisht
  • Ava Carson
  • Caley Burnock
  • Camryn Anway
  • Chance Wilczynski
  • Dhruv Singh
  • Evan Gasper
  • Gabriel Silva de Moraes
  • Gillian Kuehnle
  • Jayden Anderson
  • Jeet Jhaveri
  • Jisoo Choi
  • Kennison Seabase
  • Manas Kartik
  • Maria Sufyan Abbasi
  • Michal Borek
  • Michelle Wesenberg
  • Morgan Gates
  • Naseeb Bello
  • Parameswar Nair
  • Ryan Aljaari
  • Samuel David
  • Kouecheu Chekep
  • Shawn Heard
  • Stephen Washington
  • Vedant Naik
  • Zainali Shehzadali Suchedina

EGRID Gold Scholarships

  • Aaditya Moudgil
  • Abbey Yager
  • Abby Sinischo
  • Aditya Chaudhari
  • Ajuane Campbell
  • Alan Leon
  • Alena Hano
  • Amber Jakiel
  • Ananya Chittineni
  • Angelyn Wiedyk
  • Anh Nguyen
  • Anna Norfleet
  • Aria Mahinfallah
  • Arya Sharma
  • Ashley Siegmund
  • Benjamin Harrison
  • Beverly Nkwami
  • Briana Hill
  • Christopher Nio
  • Claire Lavalley
  • Courtney Bair
  • Daniela Ojeda
  • Dauan Hendley
  • Debra Lawlor
  • Dennell Adkins
  • Devonte Coppin
  • Doruk Alp Mutlu
  • Ekene Umobi
  • Elaina Gouin
  • Eleanor Deprez
  • Eliezer Amponsah
  • Ella Kovach
  • Fallou Mbengue
  • Francesca Hagle
  • Gabrielle LaCosse
  • Gauravi Limbole
  • Grace Ekeoma Michael
  • Grace Korkmaz
  • Isha Patel
  • Ishita Kokil
  • Jayden Devaull
  • Josh Warminski
  • Juan Carlier Blanco
  • Juan Gomez-Rodriguez
  • Kajal Modi
  • Kapricia Guice
  • Karem Algarash
  • Katarina Parker
  • Katie Scharrer
  • Kiara Gonzalez Almanzar
  • Kurk Edwards
  • Laila Jackson
  • Lia Kim
  • Lily Reinke
  • Maddie Rogers
  • Malachi Locke
  • Marvin Lingan
  • Marvin Opoku Kwarteng
  • Matai Swain
  • Matthew Nguyen
  • Michelle Leon
  • Miles Clayton
  • Mohamed Mohamed
  • Moses Barnie
  • Nathaniel Sanford
  • Oluwaseun Ajepe
  • Omar Osman
  • Paul Tsekpo
  • Riley Turner
  • Sania Sinha
  • Sarika Kona
  • Sean Clark
  • Seoyeon Koo
  • Tanvi Gadamsetti
  • Terry Harris
  • Tinku Sharma
  • Tyra Treadway
  • Valdine Pegy Tchinda Pegou
  • Van-Dyck Adanuty
  • Vicki McTaggart
  • Victoria Uchendu
  • Xiangbo Cai
Kapricia Guice standing up and walking to accept award at the Dean's Showcase of Stars
Civil engineering student Kapricia Guice was named one of 15 Outstanding EGRID Seniors at The Dean’s Showcase of Stars. EGRID stands for Engineering Inclusion and Diversity, a unit within the College of Engineering

Outstanding Service to EGRID Award

  • Elisa Garcia

Outstanding EGRID Seniors Awards

  • Lucy DeSmet
  • Megan Giltmier
  • Ashley Siegmund
  • Sara Purdue
  • Sydney Kelly
  • Amber Jakiel
  • Syd Jacobi
  • Kapricia Guice
  • Matai Swain
  • Kayla Myles
  • Tyra Treadway
  • Brandon Gonzalez
  • Tatiana Voergel
  • Morgan Gates
  • Najiha Jaigidar

Written by Eric Lacy, lacyeric@msu.edu. See more at the Engineering Media and Public Relations page.