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Regent's Scholarships change
lives with full tuition packages
By Greg Brewis
Among other academic accomplishemts,
Lia Ossander '02 is an All-American cross country runner.
Many students come out of high school
focus, drive and ability to change the world. They come from any
walk of life and study in any academic discipline. Every year,
among hundreds of talented students at PLU, there are 12 of the
best and the brightest on campus. They are PLU Regent's Scholars.
"The Regent's Scholar program began in 1993 to offer a highly
visible reward and recognition for the best of the high caliber
students entering PLU," said David Gunovich '82 '95, PLU's
director of admissions. "The program also serves as a recruiting
tool to help attract top students to the university."
Each year three freshmen students are named Regent's Scholars
and receive a full tuition scholarship that is renewable for up
to four years. To be eligible students, must have a high school
GPA of 3.8 or higher and a combined score of at least 1250 on
the SAT (or 28 on the ACT). Finalists must also interview before
a faculty panel and demonstrate leadership, service and academic
The PLU Regent's Scholarships literally change lives.
"It's hard even now for me to describe how much the Regent's
Scholarship meant to me," said Jana Dee (Steiner '98) Strasburg,
one of the first Regent's Scholars. "I just love PLU and
I know I would have never been able to attend there without it.
I credit PLU and the Regent's Scholarship for setting me on the
path to a special career in science."
Strasburg earned her undergraduate degree in physics and electrical
engineering and is now a graduate student in physics at the University
of Washington. She is at work on her thesis project, firing laser
beams at reflectors on the surface of the moon to measure the
distance between the Earth and the moon to within a millimeter.
Such measurements enable her research team to undertake sophisticated
tests of gravitational physics in the solar system.
The program is the only continuing legacy of the manned moon landings-Apollo
astronauts placed the reflectors Strasburg is shooting at on the
"I still come back to PLU to visit my engineering and physics
professors and to give something back by meeting with students
and giving talks on campus," Strasburg said. "Now the
support goes both ways."
Scholar and future scientist, Lia Ossiander '02 graduated last
month magna cum laude with honors in chemistry and German. While
at PLU she was an All-American cross country runner and an outdoor
recreation guide. In April Ossiander was one of three PLU students
to receive a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship. She will study
pollution travel in the Baltic Sea for a year at the University
of Rostock in Germany as a chemical oceanographer.
Lia Ossander '02
"There is absolutely no doubt about it. I am going to help
save the world," Ossiander said. "I'm going to pull
on all of my past experience and use my science to help humanity
understand the impact that we are having on our planet. We are
going to save our oceans and the planet from global warming caused
by greenhouse gasses.
"And you know what? I wouldn't be in this position now without
the Regent's Scholarship. Because I was given so much support
for four years, I am graduating without having to worry about
paying back student loans. I can do what I want and go where I
want and I'm going to take full advantage of it," she said.
Ossiander, who is from Chugiak, Alaska, said that when she was
first applying to college she had no idea which of her nine top
schools she would choose. "My decision to come to PLU surprised
me. But when I visited campus and met the great people here and
then when I was offered a Regent's Scholarship I knew it was the
right place for me," she said.
"Regent's Scholars are people who come to PLU with special
talents and abilities," David Gunovich said. "And PLU
is a special place that challenges them to succeed. The combination
results in top-notch students who have unlimited opportunities