Thursday, June 12, 2008


Release date: June 6, 2008

News & Public Affairs contact: Randy Weiler, 615-898-2919
Honors College contact: Dr. Scott Carnicom, 615-898-2152


(MURFREESBORO) — Six recent Rutherford County high-school graduates have been awarded and accepted Buchanan Fellowships from the University Honors College at MTSU, officials from the college announced recently.
The recipients, who are part of the second class of Buchanan Fellowship recipients, include:
• Eldridge Alexander, a graduate of Riverdale High School, who is the son of David and Becky Alexander;
• Kaitlin Danielle Beck, an Oakland High graduate, who is the daughter of Stacy and John Palmer and John Beck;
• Troy Joseph Berry, an Oakland graduate, who is the son of Chris and Tammy Berry;
• Erica Nicole Cathey, a Siegel High School graduate, who is the daughter of Jan and Ricky Cathey;
• Lee Reed, a Siegel graduate, who is the son of Brian and Susan Reed; and
• Lauren Rigsby of Rockvale, a Riverdale High graduate, who is the daughter of Alan and Delora Rigsby.
The other Buchanan recipients include Shelby Christine Barton of Libby, Mont.; Holly Caitlin Cunninghan of Clinton, Iowa; Adam Ethan Emerson of Liberty; Adam Gimenez of Madison, Ala.; Erica Page Gober of Old Hickory; Eric Nathan Guyes of Roanoke, Va.; Jennifer Lynn Johnson of Maryville; Katherine Jarvis Miller of Athens, Ga.; Nathan Reale of Franklin; James Patrick Skelley of Jackson; Chad Slaven of Harrogate; and Christen Denise Vann of Normandy. Two of the recipients requested their information not be published.
The Buchanan Fellowship, which covers tuition and includes $1,000 annually for books, is named in honor of MTSU’s Nobel Prize-winning alumnus, Dr. James M. Buchanan. The Buchanan Fellowship, limited to 20 students per year, is the highest award given to an entering freshman at MTSU.
Buchanan Fellowship applicants must have an overall high-school grade point average of 3.5 or higher, an ACT score of 25 or higher or an SAT score of 1160 or higher.
MTSU, which began an honors program in 1973, developed Tennessee’s first Honors College in 1998. The college is housed in the 21,000 square foot Paul W. Martin Sr. Honors Building, which opened in 2004, on the east side of campus.
Prospective high-school students wanting to apply for a Buchanan Fellowship for the 2009-10 academic year must apply for admission and complete the fellowship application by Dec. 1.
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