The University Honors College’s 20 newest Buchanan Fellows participated in the sixth annual inauguration ceremony Sept. 28 at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro.
“This class is as strong and as diverse as any,” said John Vile, dean of the University Honors College. “I consider it a tribute to MTSU and to the Honors College that we have succeeded in attracting such an auspicious group of scholars.”
Vile said the incoming students include band, choral members, thespians, as well Advanced Placement Scholars, National Achievement Scholars and athletes. In addition a member of the Civil Air Patrol and a recipient of a Presidential Volunteer Service Award were also among those honored by the university.
The Honors College awards the Buchanan Fellowship, named in honor of 1940 alumnus James M. Buchanan, recipient of the 1986 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences. The fellowship is the highest academic award given to an entering MTSU student.
This marks the sixth class of Buchanan Fellows.
This class of Buchanan Fellows includes graduates from several Rutherford County high schools.
The 2012 recipients include Siegel High School graduates Keaton A. Davis, Michele Kelley, Chloe M. Madigan, Kailey D. McDonald, and Yusra Fatima Mohammed, as well as Riverdale High School graduates Emily A. Ball and Mason T. Riley, both of who are from Christiana, and Murfreesboro resident Trevor J. Wiemann.
Smyrna High School graduate Erin Grace Paul, who is an early childhood education major, and Blackman High School graduate Larissa C. Wolf, who is majoring in biology, were also among the Rutherford County natives named as Buchanan Fellows.
Other Buchanan scholars come from all across Tennessee, Georgia, Washington state and Mississippi. Four have declared aerospace as their major. Pre-law, pre-medicine and early childhood education are a sampling of other majors in the group.
Notable Buchanan Fellows alumni include Adam Emerson, a Fulbright Scholar, Goldwater Scholarship winner Evan Craig and Lauren Rigsby, who received an honorable mention for the Goldwater Scholarship.
Jennifer Johnson, winner of the Omicron Delta Kappa Foundation Scholarship, and Taffy O’Neil, who has written two books including her second novel that was her thesis, are also Buchanan Fellow alumni.
“In terms of future achievement, the sky is truly the limit (for our Buchanan Fellows),” Vile said.
Junior Katelyn Stringer, of Smyrna, and sophomore Nick Myhre, of Murfreesboro, delivered the welcome on behalf of previous Buchanan classes. Senior Buchanan Fellow Kelsey Wells, of Murfreesboro, provided fiddle music for the entertainment, and university Provost Brad Bartel provided welcoming remarks for the ceremony.
To compete for a Buchanan Fellowship, applicants must apply for undergraduate admission to MTSU by Dec. 1 of the year before full enrollment. They also must have a high school grade point average of 3.5 or higher, a composite score of 29 on the ACT, provide an official transcript, and write an essay of 500 words or less.
To find out more information about the scholarship and for the complete list of the Buchanan Fellows, visit www.mtsu.edu/honors.