The 2016 recipient of the Anderson Scholarship is Cole Johnson. Cole is a junior in the School of Mechanical Engineering. The Anderson Scholarship was set up in 2004 by the family of Professor Thomas P. Anderson to honor Dr. Anderson’s legacy: helping students in the field of mechanical engineering to pursue their educational and career goals. This is the twelfth year the Anderson Scholarship has been awarded. The recipient of the Anderson Scholarship is a junior or senior in the School of Mechanical Engineering selected by the faculty from a list of applicants. The scholarship awards one semester’s tuition or a minimum of $1,500.
Cole was selected by the faculty based on his academic performance and activity in the community. Cole has been a member of the Dean’s list since the fall of 2012. In the spring of 2016, he was honored with the award of Outstanding Junior in the Mechanical Engineering department. At the end of the fall semester of 2015, his accumulative GPA was 3.988. As for his activities in the community, he spent his summer volunteering at Chakota: Therapeutic Riding Center where he aided handicapped children and adults in the community to ride horses in a beneficial environment. In his high school years he attained the rank of Dual Silver Palm Eagle Scout, heading a $3,000 community project to renovate a local veteran memorial for his final project.
Cole is the son of Robin and Donna Johnson, both self-employed optometrists and alumni of SIUE. He is the second youngest of five siblings. He is also the fourth of his siblings to attend SIUE. He enjoys playing video games, listening to music, and watching movies