Among the floats and dignitaries recognized during Mizzou’s 2015 Homecoming parade was a trio of Mizzou students who were recently awarded prestigious fellowships and the 2015 class of Kemper Fellows.
The student honorees included Truman Scholar Emily Waggoner, a senior political science major. Waggoner was the state of Missouri’s sole Truman Scholar for 2015 and one of just 58 students selected from around the United States. Truman Scholars are chosen on the basis of their academic success and leadership accomplishments, as well as their likelihood of becoming public service leaders. Since 1987, MU has been home to 16 Truman Scholars.
Emily Cheng, a senior majoring in chemical engineering, and Brendan Marsh, a junior in mathematics and physics, also rode in the parade. Cheng and Marsh represent Mizzou among the six undergraduates selected across Missouri as Goldwater Scholars. The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue research careers in these fields.
In addition, the newest Kemper Fellows took part in the festivities. Nicole Monnier, Rachel Harper, Berkley Hudson and Trista Strauch—four of the five members of the 2015 class of Kemper Fellows—greeted the spectators who lined the parade route. Elisa Glick was unable to attend. The Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence were established in 1991 to honor MU faculty who excel in the important role of teaching.