Scholarship Spotlight


Owen Watson and Family

The Ron ’77 ’80 and Linda Staley Scholarship

The award, established in 2017 by the Staleys, supports outstanding incoming first year Huskies studying engineering management. Owen Watson was the 2020-21 recipient of the award. Watson, who is also a student-athlete representing Huskies Football, indicates that the award has helped him thrive at Tech:

“The Ron and Linda Staley Scholarship has opened up my possibilities at Michigan Tech. With this support, I continue to achieve academic excellence at a top academic institution. Thank you for recognizing me as someone who can succeed at MTU!”

Asriel Haines

The Global Elite Bridge Scholarship

For donor Peipei Zhao ’09, giving back to his alma mater was an easy decision, particularly when it helps students make connections. The Global Elite Bridge Scholarship, founded in 2020, is allocated for both undergraduates and graduate COB students with a global or international focus. Both domestic and international students are eligible for this renewable award. The inaugural recipient was Asriel Haines (management major with entrepreneurship concentration), who says it was an important factor in making MTU possible:

“Because of the Global Elite Bridge Scholarship I’ve been able to focus more on what I want to do for myself and my career. I’m going to be able to go far—not only because I want to, but because of all the support I’m getting.” The MTU Esports competitor is also looking forward to taking on the broomball rink and the slopes of Mont Ripley.

Michigan Technological University is a public research university founded in 1885 in Houghton, Michigan, and is home to more than 7,000 students from 55 countries around the world. Consistently ranked among the best universities in the country for return on investment, Michigan’s flagship technological university offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science and technology, engineering, computing, forestry, business and economics, health professions, humanities, mathematics, social sciences, and the arts. The rural campus is situated just miles from Lake Superior in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, offering year-round opportunities for outdoor adventure.