University Recognizes Honors Students with Awards, Scholarships

HonorsFerris State University honors students were recognized for their academic achievements and leadership efforts during the Honors Program Awards on Thursday, Oct. 24.

The event, held each semester, is an opportunity for parents to join Ferris faculty and staff to commend students’ work.

“It’s a nice thing to recognize the amount of work students have done and the things that they have achieved,” said Peter Bradley, Honors program director.

Three students received scholarships for demonstrating academic excellence and leadership, involvement in registered student organizations and for their potential for success, Bradley said. They were nominated by fellow Honors program students.

They are:

  • Edwin Harris Memorial ScholarshipMegan Brockett, a sophomore from Howell majoring in Accountancy/Public Accounting
  • Stanley Dean ScholarshipWilliam Meengs, a junior majoring in Biology/Pre-Optometry from Byron Center
  • Virginia Miles Shepler ScholarshipNathaniel Deak, of Lansing, a junior majoring in Biology/Pre-Medicine

Students also nominated candidates for their community service and involvement in RSOs on campus.  Those recognized were:

  • Outstanding Peer MentorBreann Baranski, a sophomore from Bad Axe majoring in Pre-Pharmacy
  • Outstanding LeadersLogan Bixman, a sophomore from Fenton majoring in Pre-Pharmacy, and Nicole Christy, a senior from Iron Mountain majoring in Biology/Pre-Dentistry with a minor in Psychology
  • Outstanding VolunteerAllegra Babiarz, of Elk Rapids, a sophomore majoring in Pre-Science/Biology

Students voted Charles Vannette, an assistant professor in the Department of Languages and Literature, as Outstanding Honors Professor.

In addition, 86 students were recognized for earning a 4.0 GPA for the Spring 2013 semester.

Ferris’ Honors program provides academic and leadership resources and support to challenge and nurture some of the university’s most highly motivated students. For more information about the Honors program at Ferris, visit

Last updated: 11-01-2013