Ellie McGowan

Ellie McGowan, a resident of Fredonia and recent graduate of Crittenden County High School, is among 17 incoming freshmen to Murray State University who have been offered a Presidential Fellowship. Above, McGowan prepares for the Fredonia Parade of Seniors on May 16.

Murray State University has awarded a local teen among 17 total incoming students with the prestigious Presidential Fellowship, which includes full tuition, housing and meals for up to four years at the University.

Ellie McGowan, a resident of Fredonia and recent graduate of Crittenden County High School, is among the new Racers this fall being treated to a free-ride at the university.

“It is an honor to welcome this group of outstanding students to Murray State University,” said Murray State University President Dr. Bob Jackson. “Their commitment to academic excellence is unwavering and unmatched, and we are pleased to offer a high-quality and high-impact curriculum that will challenge and engage our students as they pursue their educational goals.”

The recipients, who represent several counties across Kentucky along with six states, will be part of the University’s Honors College, a community within Murray State that offers a unique honors curriculum, critical-thinking seminars and specialized programs and activities. The Honors College has shown significant and continued enrollment growth since opening in 2015.

“Our presidential fellows are all outstanding academic achievers, but they are also selected based on their demonstrated leadership potential and involvement in their communities,” said Dr. Warren Edminster, executive director of the Honors College.

Students selected for the Presidential Fellowship complete a rigorous multi-step application process that includes multiple interviews. During their time at Murray State, recipients of the fellowship are responsible for conducting extensive research projects and serving as leaders in the campus community.

Incoming first-year students for fall 2021 who have a 28 ACT composite score minimum (or 1250 SAT verbal and math combined score minimum), along with a 3.7 GPA on a 4.0 scale, are eligible to apply for the Presidential Fellowship.