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Colorado State University Names 2011-2012 Monfort Scholars

June 20, 2011

Colorado State University has awarded freshmen Mackenzie Kimball, Meng Koh, and Andrew Miller full scholarships funded by the Monfort Scholars program.

Three freshman receive scholarships

Colorado State University has awarded three incoming freshmen full scholarships funded by the Monfort Scholars program, which furnishes annual scholarships for exceptional Colorado students.

The recipients are:

  • Mackenzie Kimball of Fruita
  • Meng Koh of Longmont
  • Andrew Miller of Fort Collins

"We are grateful to the Monfort family for their continued support of these bright students who will excel at Colorado State University," said Robin Brown, vice president for Enrollment and Access.

The Monfort Scholars program, established by the late Kenny Monfort and his wife Myra in 1999, recognizes superior scholastic ability, leadership, service to community and school and outstanding character. Monfort Scholars receive funds for tuition and fees, a room and board stipend and a book allowance for four years if they maintain academic standards.

More about the students

McKenzie Kimball is a graduate of Fruita Monument High School. She plans to major in Liberal Arts.

Kimball served as president of Key club, Recycling club and National Honor Society and was co-editor of her school literary magazine. She has received varsity letters in tennis, knowledge bowl, academics, service and senate. She also achieved NRS Distinguished Expert Marksmanship ranking while participating in Grand Valley Marksmen for the past six years. Much of her time has been spent volunteering with the Mesa County Library and also with the non-profit Light Gives Heat, which assists Ugandan women with attainingeconomic self- sufficiency. She hopes to pursue a career in service.

Meng Koh began high school at the American International School of Guangzhou, China, and is a graduate of Skyline High School in Longmont. He plans to double major in Biomedical Engineering and Chemical and Biological Engineering. Based on his mother’s cancer diagnosis and what he saw traveling to Meizhou, China, a city destroyed by a flood, , he hopes to design low-budget medical devices that can be implemented and maintained in third-world countries.

Koh has played the piano for nine years and currently serves as the music intern at Longmont Calvary Church, where he accompanies choirs and co-directs a children’s choir. He tutors his peers in calculus, serves as vice president of the Skyline National Honor Society and volunteers at Longmont United Hospital.

Andrew Miller is a graduate of Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins and will double major in Electrical Engineering and Music.

Miller was very involved in his school music department as well as the musical community of his hometown of Fort Collins. At Rocky Mountain High School, he was the principal bassist in the symphony and chamber orchestras and played in the jazz band as well as the advanced wind ensemble. As a string bassist, Andrew participated in Colorado All-State Orchestra and Western States Honor Orchestra. Outside of school, he was the bass guitarist for five local bands, which played venues throughout Fort Collins including New West Fest and FOCOMX. During his junior year, he coordinated a fundraiser and benefit concert for the Holy Trinity Music School in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, which had been destroyed in the 2010 earthquake. He also was a peer counselor at his high school.