Sarah K. Price is among the 47 students in Western Michigan University’s 6,313-member senior class to be named a 2014 Presidential Scholar.
The annual Presidential Scholar designation is the highest honor WMU can bestow on an undergraduate.
The award goes to the most outstanding seniors in each of the University’s academic schools, departments and specialty programs. Only the highest caliber of students receive the award. They are selected on the basis of their general academic excellence, academic and artistic excellence in their majors, and intellectual and artistic promise.
This year’s scholars were recognized during the 34th annual Presidential Scholars Convocation, held on campus March 20. During the event, the students received certificates from three WMU dignitaries: Dr. John M. Dunn, University president; Dr. Timothy J. Greene, provost; and Dr. William G. Rantz, Faculty Senate president.
The convocation, which also celebrates the overall excellence of the University’s students, is sponsored by the Office of the President and Faculty Senate at WMU. It included a program and closing reception. Many Presidential Scholars will graduate from WMU Saturday, April 26, during spring commencement exercises.
Sarah K. Price is the Presidential Scholar in Family and Consumer Sciences and a graduate of West Ottawa High School. She is majoring in dietetics and minoring in biological sciences and expects to graduate in April 2014. Following graduation, Price plans to pursue a career in nutrition and dietetics, specifically the use of medical nutrition therapy in clinical settings. A first-generation college student, she would like to obtain an appointment to an accredited dietetic internship that is either affiliated with a hospital or university. She will be qualified to take the national registration exam for dietitians after completing that internship and become a registered dietitian upon passing the exam. In the future, Price would like to earn a master’s degree and work in an oncology unit providing medical nutrition therapy to cancer patients. During her local practicum at Bronson Methodist Hospital, she created educational materials for registered dietitians within the hospital as well as participated in health fairs and was a partner in an elementary school’s healthy eating initiative. Price earned a spot on the dean’s list every semester at WMU and has received a state of Michigan scholarship, a Trendway Corp. scholarship, and WMU awards including the Chrystal Grady Home Economics Scholarship from the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences and a Dean’s Scholarship. She is a second-year resident assistant in Draper Hall and previously worked on campus as an orientation student leader in 2012 and a Fall Welcome ambassador in 2011. Price spends time outside of class tutoring other undergraduate students in molecular and cellular biology and for the second time, is serving as a team captain for WMU’s annual Relay for Life. An avid runner, she ran a full marathon for the first time this past October and is training for another long-distance race in May.