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Nagarajan, Burke among top freshman scholars

Kam King
October 09, 2013

Parking makes perfect: EHE’s Eminence Fellows

Two Education and Human Ecology majors are among Ohio State’s first Eminence Fellows, 29 freshmen whose full-tuition fellowships were funded completely by the lease of Ohio State’s parking operations to a private company, CampusParc.

Eminence Fellows are given a clear purpose: to solve the world’s big problems. Meera Nagarajan set out to make her mark in human nutrition. “It’s something I’m very passionate about,” she said. “There are diseases that can be prevented purely by improving access to diverse foods and by providing nutrition education.”

The Columbus, Ohio, resident aspires to attend medical school and focus on food security issues.

Margaret “Mo” Burke appreciates her fellowship for helping her blossom while at Ohio State.  “It’s refreshing to have a group of people your age who are as motivated as you are,” she said. “The fellowship has helped me grow and become a well-rounded first-year student.” The Centerville, Ohio, native plans to become a Spanish teacher.

Because her tuition is paid, Burke can study abroad. “I want to dive into the culture of whichever country I’m in. I’m sure those experiences will aid me in my venture to become a great teacher,” she said. Burke also has plans to help other freshman flourish by becoming a Camp Buckeye facilitator. As the leader of a first-year experience camp, she will enhance students’ transition to the Columbus campus.

The Eminence Fellowship is sponsored by the Honors Program. Fellows must maintain a minimum 3.4 GPA.

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