Students Honored at MU Excels

By Josh Murray | Published on April 16, 2012

On April 10, the University of Missouri hosted a celebration to recognize undergraduate and graduate students who have applied for nationally-competitive awards and fellowships with support of the MU Fellowships Office.

MU Excels honors students who have pursued excellence and distinguished themselves by being candidates for these prestigious awards. These fellowships require applicants to have high GPAs, demonstrated leadership and commitment to public service, and learning outside the classroom, among other things.

The application process is demanding and only the most accomplished students are eligible to apply. These students bring national attention to MU simply by being in the applicant pool.

“The process of applying for these fellowships is quite arduous and takes a lot of effort,” said Tim Parshall, director of the MU Fellowships Office. “These students have shown a willingness to put forth that effort and we are proud to recognize their hard work and ambition.”

More than 50 honorees were nominated for 17 different fellowships and scholarships.

Jim Spain, vice provost for undergraduate studies and Marc Canellas, a senior at MU, each delivered remarks to those in attendance, speaking about the process for applying for fellowships and the success Mizzou has had with these awards.

Spain and Mannie Liscum, associate dean of the MU Graduate School, then recognized the applicants.

While the event is hosted by the Fellowships Office, many faculty members across campus play a vital role in the application process, as students often begin preparing years in advance.