Quinn wins MSU Alumni Distinguished Scholarship

Alex Quinn

Alex Quinn, a senior at Rockford High School, has won the Michigan State University (MSU) Alumni Distinguished Scholarship competition. The Alumni Distinguished Scholarship is the most prestigious academic scholarship offered by Michigan State University. This scholarship covers the costs of tuition, room and board, and a $1,000 annual stipend, making this among the most valuable awards offered by any university. Alumni Distinguished Scholars participate in the programs of the Honors College at MSU in addition to academic work in their majors.

The Alumni Distinguished Scholarship (ADS), first offered in 1956, is awarded to individuals selected from the set of high-achieving high school seniors who have applied to MSU and who come to campus in February to take an intensive general knowledge examination. A committee comprised of faculty and administrators selects recipients based on results of the ADS examination, high school programs and achievement, other standardized test scores, and interviews of the finalists.

Quinn is also invited to participate in MSU’s Professorial Assistantship program. The MSU Honors College targets the top 1% of students in the nation to be involved in MSU’s most selective undergraduate research program. Each year, up to 100 freshmen are appointed as Professorial Assistants (PAs). PAs work with regular members of the teaching faculty on tasks directly related either to scholarly research or to innovative teaching. PAs work an average of eight to ten hours per week and are paid a stipend of approximately $2,000 for the academic year.

Quinn is also a Mowbray Scholar finalist at MSU. In any two terms before graduation, Mowbray Scholars who are upperclassmen will be eligible for up to $3,750 per term in supplementary stipends. These award terms usually occur during the summers before the scholars’ junior or senior years. The stipends finance the scholars’ research or international study, as approved by the dean of the Honors College.


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