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ISE students selected as Sesquicentennial Scholars

Students have been selected for the Sesquicentennial Student Scholar Leadership Program, which is a celebration of Ohio State’s 150th anniversary. Out of the 150 students selected, four of them were ISE students - Lily Andualem, Kritagya Arora, Cassie Boutelle, and Ahmad Hajj. Through the program, students will build skills through leadership development and ambassador opportunities. Each student was also awarded a $2,500 scholarship.

Kritagya Arora"I chose to become a student of the Ohio State University because of its excellent engineering program, its lively atmosphere and beautiful campus, and its growing diversity. Little did I know that the passion, the pride, and the joy that defines the university's sesquicentennial had also converted me into a Buckeye. I had never foreseen the immense pride that I take today in being a Buckeye, a symbol of heritage and history, success, and a forever-positive attitude. Ohio State has stood by me and supported me when I needed that support the most. For me, this scholarship is symbolic of my acceptance into a family that is always there for its members and pushes them to be their best selves. This scholarship will help me complete my education as an integral part of society and I will strive to do justice by the institutions trust in me. GO BUCKS!" –Kritagya Agora

Cassie Boutelle“I am very honored to be a part of Ohio State’s Sesquicentennial Student Scholar Leadership Program! Over the last 150 years, Ohio State has grown into a unique community that has provided me with endless opportunities to expand my education and prepared me to be an active global citizen. As we pass this milestone, I am thrilled to help the university continue to provide these opportunities and more to students for years to come. I am grateful that this scholarship helps to ease some of the financial burden that comes with being an out-of-state student and allows me to focus more on classes and engaging in the Ohio State community that I call home. Being from Minnesota, I was not born a Buckeye, but when I stepped on campus, I was instantly welcomed to the Buckeye community. I am delighted to be a part of Ohio State’s Sesquicentennial celebration and to mark the beginning of another 150 years of tradition, honor, and excellence!” –Cassie Boutelle

Ahmad Hajj“As an American citizen who lived abroad all of his life, the Ohio State University gave me a warm place that I can call home once I came back.  Being selected as a sesquicentennial ambassador is an opportunity by itself to return some of the numerous favors that the university has given me, and as well grow in the process of it.“ –Ahmad Hajj

A list of all of the Sesquicentennial Scholars can be found here.