MSU Honors College student named finalist for Churchill Scholarship

January 7, 2015

Michigan State University Honors College member David Zoltowski has been named a finalist for the Churchill Scholarship.  

Established in 1959, the Winston Churchill Foundation’s Scholarship Program offers 14 American students of exceptional ability and outstanding achievement the opportunity to pursue graduate degrees in engineering, mathematics, or the sciences in Churchill College at the University of Cambridge in England. 

MSU has produced 16 Churchill Scholars.

Zoltowski is a senior majoring in electrical engineering in the College of Engineering. One of last year’s Goldwater Scholars, Zoltowski hails from West Lafayette, Indiana, graduating from West Lafayette High School. He is captain of the MSU Varsity Swimming and Diving team, a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten.

Zoltowski is a research assistant, member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council, Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu and an Honors Times Two mentor. He has a perfect 4.0 grade-point average.

He has also earned the MSU Honors College National Scholarship, Walter R. Yates Memorial Scholarship and Arthur J. Harris Memorial Scholarship.

Zoltowski plans to pursue a master of philosophy in information engineering at the University of Cambridge. 

“My ultimate goal is to become a professor doing research studying the brain from an engineering perspective,” he said. “A long-term goal of mine is to apply my analysis techniques to the study, diagnosis, and treatment of autism spectrum disorder. I draw motivation for this goal from my triplet, autistic brother.”

 “Congratulations to David for advancing as a finalist in the Churchill competition,” said Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore, dean of the MSU Honors College. “To make it to this stage says a lot about David and his accomplishments during his time at Michigan State University. We wish him all the best during his interview next week.”

The National and International Fellowship and Scholarship (NIFS) office at Michigan State University, administered by the Honors College, helps interested undergraduate and graduate students to pursue major national and international opportunities by providing information and direct support throughout the competitive application processes. The Honors College serves academically talented, committed students who wish to pursue and achieve academic excellence.