Hardin and Clark Scholars Named

Hardin and Clark Scholars Named

The Hardin and Clark Scholars, the top academic honors at Midwestern State University, and other outstanding students were named April 29 at the Honors Recognition Banquet held in D.L. Ligon Coliseum.


Jae ho Cho was named Hardin Scholar. This is the university's highest award for academic excellence and was begun in 1961 by the Hardin Foundation. It is presented each spring to a student during his or her senior year and a $2,500 scholarship award is given with the honor.


Cho plans to graduate in May 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry. He is a member of the MSU Honor's Program, Beta Beta Beta National Honors Society, Gamma Sigma Epsilon National Chemistry Honor Society, and the Biology Club.


He attended the Undergraduate Research Opportunity and Summer Workshop in 2010 and represented MSU with a poster presentation at the Texas Undergraduate Research Day at the State Capitol in February of this year. His research topic was "Isolation and Enrichment of Methanogens from Local Sources." He was named the Outstanding Organic Chemistry Student in 2009 and the Outstanding Biology Student in 2010.

Cho volunteers at the Korean Hope Church where he manages the church website and audio system. He plans on attending medical school after graduation.


Breanne Elizabeth Sill, an English major with emphasis in writing, was named Clark Scholar. The Clark award was established in 1976 to honor E.B. Clark, a former chairman of the Board of Trustees of the MSU Foundation, and carries with it a $1,500 scholarship award. It is presented each spring to a student in his or her junior year.


Sill is the editor of Voices magazine, the MSU student literary and visual arts magazine, and is a member of the Literary Society, Pagan Student Union, and the Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society. She's also a former member and director of scholarship for Alpha Phi Gamma Omega Chapter, an international women's fraternity.

Sill has volunteered at FallsFest, Habitat for Humanity's House That Midwestern Built, Faith Mission and the Wichita Falls Food Bank. She plans on graduating with honors and attending graduate school with the goal of obtaining her Ph.D. in Literary Criticism.