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ChBE major Jonathan Witt '15 earns top scholarship

Jonathan Witt ’15 has kept himself busy during his time at Lehigh. The chemical engineering student has studied abroad in Barcelona, researched solar panels in Malaysia with the Iacocca International Internship Program, and represented the World Corrosion Organization at the United Nations as part of Lehigh’s UN NGO Youth Representative Program. Witt has also participated in LeaderShape and Engineers without Borders, is a member of Psi Upsilon, and serves as a ropes course facilitator on the Mountaintop Campus.

Witt’s latest accomplishment, however, is particularly impressive. He’s been named one of 100 recipients of the Buick Achievers Scholarship, a renewable scholarship awarded annually by Buick and funded by the GM Foundation. Award recipients can apply the award toward the total cost of tuition, fees, books, supplies, required equipment, room and board, and other allowable expenses.

“It was one of the most exciting feelings,” says Witt of receiving his notification last spring.

In its first four years, the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program has awarded over $28 million to 3,400 high school students and college undergraduates who have achieved success both in and out of the classroom. The program seeks committed student leaders who plan to major in a specified course of study that focuses on engineering and technology or select design and business-related programs. Selection is based on the applicant’s academic achievement, financial need, participation in campus and community activities, work experience, and interest in a career in or related to the automotive industry.

Witt’s credentials certainly qualified him, as his award totaled $25,000 – the highest possible value.

Read the full story at the Lehigh University News Center.

-Kelly Hochbein is a writer with Lehigh University Media Relations.

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