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Alumni Scholarship helps freshmen continue True Blue Legacy

Three students will find it easier to attend the U of M this fall with help from the Alumni Association. Michelle Stewart, Camille Walker and Daniel Johnston are recipients of the 2010 Alumni Scholarship.

Michelle Stewart
Michelle Stewart
Stewart, who lives in Germantown, is a graduate of Houston High School. She was a leader in Houston’s PRIDE Team, an organization that promotes peer-to-peer drug abuse prevention. Stewart was instrumental in the creation of an advisory council to lead the team and helped to establish a PRIDE Team at a nearby middle school. She was active in the First Evangelical Church Youth Program, making three mission trips to Ukraine. Stewart plans to major in social work. She is the daughter of Johnny (BSET ’74) and Catherine (BSEd ’86) Stewart, who met on a blind date to a fraternity formal while at the U of M.

The University has nurtured two generations of Stewarts: Michelle’s brothers, John and Michael, are current students. “One of Dad’s models of a home is still on display in the Engineering Building,” Stewart says. “My brothers are always telling me about the new buildings going up, and of course, U of M football and basketball always seem to come up in the conversation. We talk about the present. Mom and Dad talk about the Larry Finch/Ronnie Robinson years or playing against Archie Manning or Bill Walton.”

Camille Walker
Camille Walker
Walker, of Memphis, graduated from Southwind High School. She plays piano and organ for her church and is a section leader in the varsity marching band. Walker also was a summer volunteer at the Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She was a member of the Environmental Club, taking part in many of its community service events. She received the Golden Penny Award in chemistry and plans to study nursing at the U of M. Her parents are Stanley (BBA ’04) and Deborah Walker. “My father obtained a BBA degree after 20 years of service to his country in the military,” Walker says. “It will be such an honor for me to wear the colors of the University, which represent such a diverse and well-rounded school.”

Daniel Johnston
Daniel Johnston
Johnston, of McKinney, Texas, is a graduate of McKinney North High School. He was a member of the ice hockey team and wrestling team, and was named “most improved” by both squads. Johnston, who plans to major in biomedical engineering, also was a member of the Latin Club and Academic Decathlon varsity team. He was active in community service, volunteering at a local animal hospital and helping with a thrift store and food drives. His parents are Joseph and Elizabeth Fristick Johnston (BA ’02). “When I stepped on the campus for my tour, I was astonished at the new or recently refurbished architecture, the friendliness of the faculty, and overall sense of pride and leadership that each student I met carried,” Johnston says.

Each Alumni Scholarship is renewable for up to four years, provided the recipient maintains a minimum GPA of 2.5 for the first two semesters and 3.0 thereafter. Applicants must be children or grandchildren of Alumni Association members. For more information, call 901/678-2586 or 800/678-8729.

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