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Industrial engineers win honors scholarships

Juniors Kelsey Kotur and Victoria Hezel each received a scholarship from Alpha Pi Mu two of only eight awarded in the nation.

Industrial engineering students Kelsey Kotur and Victoria Hezel were each awarded Awards of Excellence last month, two of only eight given by Alpha Pi Mu, a national industrial engineering honors society.

They join Katie Tepper, who was the first Mizzou student to win the five hundred dollar scholarship in 2009.

Kotur said they applied early to mid-fall last year.

“I was so surprised,” she said. “It had been such a long time and I didn’t hear back from them, I forgot about it.”

“It’s really neat,” Hezel said. “I wasn’t expecting it.”

Industrial engineering students who show “exceptional academic interests, abilities and leadership” in their field are invited to join the honors society, according to its Web site. Members can then apply for the APM Award of Excellence.

Hezel, a junior, is an officer for the Mizzou chapter of APM, as well as an officer for Tau Beta Pi and the hydrogen car team. She is also a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

Kotur, also a junior, is president of Tau Beta Pi, a member of Society of Women Engineers and is on St. Pat’s Board. She serves as an engineering ambassador and is active in her sorority, Alpha Phi.

“It’s really an honor to be one of those eight across the country and to represent Mizzou,” Hezel said.

“It’s gratifying,” said Kotur, adding a special thanks to Dr. James Noble for nominating her.