Eric Earley, of International Falls, received the North Dakota State University Harry D. McGovern Scholarship, a full-tuition award.
He was among the 13 recipients recognized by NDSU President Dean L. Bresciani during Welcome Week at an Aug. 18 reception at the President’s House.
The scholarship is part of a generous gift from alumnus Harry D. McGovern, a 1966 civil engineering NDSU graduate. McGovern donated a record total of $13.5 million through the NDSU Foundation and Alumni Association.
Preference for the scholarship is given to students with an intended major in the fields of science, technology, engineering or mathematics, known as STEM. A total of 13 students received the scholarship this year. The awards are distributed through the Office of Admission.
In order to be considered for the scholarship, potential recipients wrote essays relating to STEM-based questions. Earley wrote, “FIRST Robotics had a large impact on me and I learned a great deal. It taught me many technical skills such as wiring, construction, programming, things I had never learned before. What had the greatest impact on me though, was the teamwork. FIRST Robotics helped me realize how fascinated I was with science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”
Earley also said his background has influenced his plans for the future. “I took on the challenge of building a cabin on an island. I worked on pouring the cement footings, carpentry work like installing paneling, flooring and walls, electrical work, a sleeping loft and even carving decorative Norwegian designs on the door frame. It was a great experience, building a cabin with my own hands and with very little supervision,” he said.
Earley entered NDSU this fall with a major in mechanical engineering.