@BG-logoLauren Rinelli, Tracy Benson and Lauren Farnsworth at the May board of trustees meeting

Lauren Rinelli, Tracy Benson and Lauren Farnsworth at the May board of trustees meeting

Trustees present scholarships to two undergraduates, one graduate student

This year, the University trustees have chosen to honor three students with the prestigious Board of Trustees Leadership Scholarship. The awards were presented at the May board meeting to Lauren Rinelli, recipient of the graduate scholarship, and Tracy Benson andLauren Farnsworth, recipients of the undergraduate scholarship.

Rinelli is a doctoral student in sociology and the daughter of Helen Rinelli, Nanuet, N.Y., and Thomas Rinelli, Sebastian, Fla. She will hold a research fellowship with the Center for Family and Demographic Research during the summer and next academic year. Rinelli is a member of the Human Subjects Review Board and the Sociology Graduate Student Association. She was responsible for organizing the first BGSU and Ohio State University Graduate Student Conference and will organize the second conference soon.

Benson, a pre-medicine major, is from North Olmsted. She has one more year at BGSU before going to medical school. The daughter of Monica and William Benson, 24329 Carla Lane, she has a 3.88 grade point average. Benson has been active in Dance Marathon and the Offenhauer Hall Council. She has served as a resident advisor and is vice president of the pre-med honorary Alpha Epsilon Delta. Benson also received a Student Life Award at the Applauding Excellence Banquet earlier in the semester.

Farnsworth is a senior journalism major with a minor in photography. The Toledo resident is the daughter of Douglas and Rebecca Farnsworth, 1731 Eastgate Road. She has a 3.63 grade point average and works in the Office of Marketing and Communications and the University Bookstore, in addition to freelancing for the Toledo Free Press. Farnsworth is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa National Honor Society and the Student Honors Association. She has also volunteered as a copy editor for the BG News. Over the summer, she is working for the photography department in marketing and communications and interning at the Bluffton News. Farnsworth aspires to work as a photographer for National Geographic.

In 2002, the trustees established the $1,000 scholarship in conjunction with the creation of the President's Leadership Academy and in support of an ongoing BGSU priority—promoting a culture of leadership at the University.

In addition to a minimum grade point average of 2.75, scholarship recipients must exhibit outstanding scholarship and leadership skills. Applications are accompanied by an essay on the student’s leadership philosophy and how he or she intends to contribute to the culture of leadership at BGSU and society as a whole.

May 19, 2008