The 2009 Thomas and Elizabeth Anderson Scholarship has been awarded to Steven Hentrich, a senior 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 fifth 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.
The faculty picked Steven to received this award based on his outstanding academic performance. After graduating from Jerseyville Community High School, Steven began studies at SIUE in 2006. Steven is a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society, and has a 3.8 GPA. He has also been a winner of Boeing Scholarship. His co-op experience with Hunter Engineering Company in Spring and Summer 2009 motivated his further interest in pursuing knowledge in Mechanical Engineering. He plans to graduate in 2010, and plan to pursue a master's degree in mechanical engineering at SIUE with a concentration in fluid and thermal systems.
Steven is a son of Mike and Lisa Hentrich of Dow, IL. He has a younger brother, Thomas, who is studying nursing at Lewis and Clark Community College. Steven enjoys cycling, running, and swimming and frequently competes in bicycle races and triathlons throughout the midwest.