A graduating senior at Wheaton Warrenville South High School has received a full scholarship to attend Michigan State University (MSU) beginning this fall.
Kyle Kierzyk of Wheaton, Illinois will be a member of the Honors College at MSU plans to double major in chemical engineering in the College of Engineering and computational mathematics in the College of Natural Science. He is the son of Bob and Carol Kierzyk.
"I chose MSU because of the academic flexibility that the Honors College provides. Having this academic flexibility makes it possible to fully utilize all the opportunities a Big Ten Campus presents in order to explore my interests," Kierzyk said. "I also chose MSU because the university has an especially helpful and friendly atmosphere. The students and teachers seem genuinely interested in ensuring that everyone lives up to their potential."
During his time at Wheaton Warrenville South High School, Kierzyk has been active in Scholastic Bowl and the math team. He is a National AP Scholar, Eagle Scout and member of the National Honor Society.
Kierzyk was selected from more than 1,100 of the top high school seniors who applied to MSU and took an intensive general knowledge exam in the winter. In all, 20 incoming MSU students have been awarded an Alumni Distinguished Scholarship or University Distinguished Scholarship that will cover full tuition, room and board, and a stipend for up to eight semesters of study. A committee comprised of MSU faculty and administrators selected them based on the results of the exam, high school programs, achievements and other standardized test scores. The committee also interviewed finalists.
"As students are reminded throughout the recruitment process, it is not only what Michigan State University offers them once on campus, it is also about what they will accomplish toward making our world changing university even greater," said Jim Cotter, director of admissions. "Such bright and talented students are game-changers."
The scholarships -- considered among the most competitive awards in the country -- are valued at about $120,000 for in-state students and approximately $200,000 for out-of-state students.
"The Honors College gives students an all-access pass to Michigan State University, breaking down barriers for talented people to flourish," said Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore, dean of the Honors College. "We congratulate these students on earning these prestigious scholarships and look forward to seeing them succeed at university."
MSU has been working to advance the common good in uncommon ways for more than 150 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU focuses its vast resources on creating solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges, while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.