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West Des Moines student Laura Milligan awarded four-year, $32,000 Donald C. and Marjorie Meredith Scholarship

Laura Milligan of Des Moines, Iowa, and a senior at West Des Moines Valley High School, has been selected as the 2012 Meredith Scholar at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

2012-05-01
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release [4-20-12]

Laura Milligan of Des Moines, Iowa, and a senior at West Des Moines Valley High School, has been selected as the 2012 Meredith Scholar at Minnesota State University, Mankato. The scholarship award amount is $8,000 per year each academic year for four years and will pay Milligan’s tuition, fees and some of her day-to-day college expenses.

Milligan’s selection for the prestigious award was announced by Vijendra Agarwal, dean of the Minnesota State Mankato College of Science, Engineering & Technology.

Milligan, daughter of Dave and Barb Milligan, is the 16th Meredith Scholar since the program’s inception. She joins three current Minnesota State Mankato students who are receiving four-year scholarship assistance: Laura Fitzsimmons (biology), who will graduate this spring; Jacob Ball (biochemistry), who is entering his third year of studies and second-year student Tyler Metzger (mathematics).

The Meredith Scholars program was created in 1995 by Dr. Donald Meredith of Mankato, co-founder of Mankato’s Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic PA, and his wife Marjorie.

All Meredith Scholars get full, four-year scholarships and support for daily living expenses. The scholarship is awarded annually to an exceptional Minnesota State Mankato first-year student who has demonstrated the potential and commitment to pursue a major in mathematics or the natural sciences. This includes majors in mathematics, mathematics education, biological sciences, life science, physics, chemistry, astronomy or physical science. Candidates must demonstrate outstanding academic achievement in high school (upper 10 percent of his or her class), and have an ACT college preparatory examination composite score of 27 or greater to be considered.

Meredith Scholars receive significant financial support so they don’t need to get a job while in college, allowing them to spend their energy and time studying, learning and fully engaging in the Minnesota State Mankato learning community.

Natural science and mathematics is the program’s focus because the Merediths want to improve U.S. math and science student achievement in comparison with other countries.

Dr. Meredith, a retired orthopaedic surgeon, was raised in rural North Dakota and has spent all of his professional life serving the people of south central Minnesota. His interest in helping the youth of the region, and his gratitude for his own public education, prompted him to establish the scholarship at Minnesota State Mankato.

For more information about the Donald C. and Marjorie Meredith Scholarship, contact Carolyn Nelson, assistant director/scholarship coordinator in the office of admissions, at (507) 389-6742.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,649 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 state institutions.

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