The Leaders and Best!

Submitted by Ruth Gretzinger on Tue, 2011-10-18 13:39

One of the websites we maintain at MM&D is British Scholarships, part of the Office of the Provost. This is where information about the prestigious Rhodes, Mitchell, and Marshall scholarships can be found.

This year six Wolverines are competing for the honors (or should that be "honours"?), including three who are vying for both Marshall and Rhodes scholarships.

Now we talk a lot about our students being "leaders and best"...but these kids truly are the creme de la creme.

This year's nominees include senior Alex Carney, of Midland. A mathematician with several publications already to his credit, Carney is a violinist with the Michigan Campus Symphony and director and concertmaster of the Michigan Pops String Orchestra. In his spare time he's a competitive runner who placed seventh in the 2010 Detroit Marathon. He'll be graduating in May with an honors degree in math.

Another 2011 nominee is Hajin Jun, of Manhasset Hills, NY. She's been nominated for a Marshall but if she gets it Britain will have to wait, since she's in Korea right now, conducting research on a Fulbright grant. She graduated from LSA in May with a double major in history and political science. Her honors thesis explored the role played by Christian missionaries in Korea’s first organized protest against Japanese rule.

And then of course there's Abdul El-Sayed, who won a Rhodes Scholarship in 2008. At Michigan, he was vice president of the Muslim Students’ Association, a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, and a starting defenseman on the Michigan men’s lacrosse team. That was in addition to pursuing a joint degree in medicine and public health, of course.

Alex, Hajin, and Abdul are three remarkable young people, and we're proud to be able to call them Wolverines. To read more about this year's crop of scary-smart Rhodes/Mitchell/Marshall nominees, visit the Record website.

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