The 2008 Thomas and Elizabeth Anderson Scholarship has been awarded to Mr. Daniel Seda, a junior Mechanical Engineering student. The Anderson Scholarship was established in 2004 by the generous donation of the late Professor Thomas P. Anderson's family for Mechanical Engineering at SIUE. This is the fourth year an Anderson Scholarship has been given out. The scholarship is to honor an outstanding junior or senior Mechanical Engineering student. The scholarship is under the supervision of SIUE Mechanical Engineering faculty. Currently the scholarship pays tuition of one semester. If the tuition is already paid by other scholarships, the Anderson Scholarship will pay $1,500 cash.
Faculty picked Daniel to receive the award based on his outstanding academic performance. With an impressive record in a number of high school level mathematical competitions, including placing the first in the Excellence in Mathematics Competition at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park, Daniel started his college in Southwestern Illinois College, where he received an Outstanding Achievement in Mathematics Award and was accepted to the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. With an outstanding background in mathematics and science, Daniel started his study in SIUE in fall 2007 after receiving an Associate Degree from SWIC, and decided to pursue an Mechanical Engineering degree. In SIUE, he was inducted to Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering Honor Society in Spring 2008, and has an accumulative GPA of 3.8.
Daniel is a son of Anthony, a firefighter, and Nancy, a nurse. As the third among 7 siblings, Daniel enjoys listening to music and watching movies. He is the second in his family to attend SIUE: his sister Melanie got her degree on vocal performance in SIUE.