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Riverton teen receives full ride award to attend Michigan State

May 2, 2014 - By Kelli Ameling, Staff Writer

A Riverton High School senior has received the STARR Charitable Foundation Scholarship to attend Michigan State University.

According to a press release issued by MSU, Parker Dodson is one of 15 to earn the scholarship this year.

"Receiving this award was a great relief financially," he said. "It relieved a lot of stress about going to college."

Private, anonymous donors established the scholarship, which is awarded to seniors from Wyoming or 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," said Douglas Estry, associate provost for undergraduate education at MSU. "We are grateful for the extraordinary generosity of these donors. Private support such as theirs helps us attract students who might not have originally thought about attending MSU."

Dodson said he plans to study engineering while attending MSU.

"MSU has a good engineering college and study abroad program," Dodson said.

According to Stepheni L. Schlinker, the MSU communication manager for the office of the associate provost for undergraduate education, nine students from Wyoming were awarded the scholarship, along with six students from Michigan.

The awardees include Kennedy Thatch of Lander, Bradley Doherty of Casper, Juliette Givhan of Cheyenne, Jake Gray of Casper, Brandon Kortum of Jackson, Katlynn Kretz of Worland, Kayla Starr of Cheyenne, Quin Wtzel of Powell, Anna Backman of Dollar Bay, Mich., Marissa Jacks of Caspain, Mich., Casey Pepin of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., Maria Sliva of Houghton, Mich., Lillian Slajus of Iron Mountain, Mich., and Andrew Sjogren of St. Ignace, Mich.

According to the release, 85 scholarships have been awarded since 1998.

The scholarship covers all regular costs including, tuition, fees, books, room, board and incidental expenses defined by MSU for eight semesters at MSU.

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