​​​Scholar Stories​

​Here are a few stories of Ohio State students who were the recipients of a national scholarship or fellowship.

Rakesh Murugesan

Astronaut Scholar 2022

Rakesh Murugesan, a rising senior and biomedical science major, has been awarded a 2022 Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) award. Astronaut Scholarships are awarded to students in their junior and senior year of college studying science, technology, engineering, or mathematics with the intent to pursue research or advance their field upon completion of their final degree. Astronaut Scholars are among the best and brightest minds in STEM who show initiative, creativity, and excellence in their chosen field.

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Sonam Rustagi 

Udall Scholar 2022

Sonam Rustagi is one of 55 students nationally recognized by the Udall Foundation for their work and commitment to the environment, tribal public policy or native healthcare, as well as leadership, public service, and academic achievement. Sonam Rustagi is an economics and environmental sciences major and plans to attend law school in the future.

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Lia Gomez-Perez, Anthony Moussa,

Rakesh Murugesan, & Makenzie Scott

Goldwater Scholars 2022

Four Ohio State honors students have been recognized by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program. Juniors Lia Gomez-Perez, Anthony Moussa, Rakesh Murugesan, and Mackenzie Scott were all named 2022 Goldwater Scholars, the most prestigious national award for undergraduate researchers in science, math, and engineering.  Goldwater Scholars receive an award to cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500.  

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Oseremhen "Ose" Arheghan

Truman Scholar 2021

Ohio State University student Oseremhen “Ose” Arheghan has been awarded a 2021 Harry S. Truman Scholarship. Arheghan, a third-year political science and Chinese major, is one of 62 students selected for this prestigious honor from 845 candidates who were nominated by 328 colleges and universities – a record number of applicants. Scholars are recommended by 17 independent selection panels based on the finalists’ academic success and leadership accomplishments, as well as their potential as future public service leaders.

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Henry Wu

Rhodes Scholar 2020

The Ohio State University senior Henry Wu has been named a 2020 Rhodes Scholar. The Rhodes Scholarship was founded in 1902 and supports graduate study at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. Thirty-two scholarships are awarded annually to outstanding seniors and recent graduates across the United States. The Rhodes Trust selected Henry for his commitment to fighting human trafficking and researching migration patterns and policies impacting the involuntary movement of peoples.

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Laila Ujayli

Rhodes Scholar 2019

The Ohio State University alumna Laila Ujayli has been named a 2019 Rhodes Scholar. The Rhodes Scholarship was founded in 1902, and supports graduate study at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. Thirty-two scholarships are awarded annually to outstanding seniors and recent graduates across the United States. The Rhodes Trust selected Ujayli for her commitment to advocating for policies benefitting immigrants and refugees, her drive to encourage diplomatic rather than military interventions, and her ingenuity in using film and literature to increase mutual understanding between the Western and Arab worlds.

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