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Dethrow earns full-tuition Olin College engineering scholarship

Thursday, August 31, 2006

As a standout student at Mountain Grove High School, Logan Dethrow of Mountain Grove, son of Jeanette and Mark Dethrow, had his pick of the nation's top colleges. But he decided not just to attend college, but to help build one. With a full-tuition scholarship valued at more than $130,000, Dethrow will join 89 other students from around the country this fall to form the fifth freshman class of the highly selective Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering (www.olin. edu) in Needham, Mass. He is the grandson of Betty Wrenfrow of Thayer and the late Truman Wrenfrow and Herb and Meda Wrenfrow.

Olin College offers an innovative engineer eduction that incorporates entrepreneurship as well as the arts, humanities and social sciences. Interdisciplinary, project-based learning is the cornerstone of Olin's academic program, which is designed to answer the calls from organizations such as the National Science Foundation for systemic reform in engineering education.

Funded though a grant of approximately $460 million from the F.W. Olin Foundation, the college offers full-tuition scholarships to all admitted students. The generous gift has supported the construction of state-of-the-art facilities and the hiring of nationally recognized faculty members. The college recruits top students from around the country.

Olin selected Dethrow from an applicant pool of 784 students through an extensive personalized admission process. His excellent academic and extracurricular credentials stood out among the hundreds of first-rate applications. As a member of Olin's fifth freshman class, he will have the opportunity to help shape the culture, curriculum and programs of the still-developing college.

"We carefully selected our students for their ability to contribute their unique talents and perspectives to the Olin community," said Charles Nolan, vice president of external relations and dean of admission.

"We are honored to welcome some of the best students in the country to Olin." Olin's fifth freshmen class includes student from 29 states. About 67 percent of them were recognized by the AP Scholars Program and 44 percent were finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

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