2018 senior becomes second straight UCS graduate to earn full academic scholarship at MSU
2018 senior becomes second straight UCS graduate to earn full academic scholarship at MSU
Posted on 04/10/2018
Studio photo of Alex - dark hair combed back with a blue suit

For the second straight year, a Utica Community Schools graduate has placed among a select number of U.S. students to earn a full Michigan State University scholarship based on outstanding academics.

Alex Roy, of Utica High School, has placed among the top 15 students receiving the prestigious 2018 Alumni Distinguished Scholarship.

Roy, who also attends the Utica Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology, competed against more than 1,300 future Spartans to receive the scholarship valued at $120,000 to cover tuition and room and board.

One year earlier, the full-ride scholarship was earned by 2017 UCS graduate Colin Syler.

“A Utica Community Schools diploma continues to open doors for our graduates,” said Superintendent Dr. Christine Johns. “Hard work combined with their UCS experiences have paid off for both Alex and Colin with recognition as among the top high school graduates.”


MSU Alumni Distinguished Scholars initially qualify following an intensive general knowledge exam in January.

A committee composed of faculty and administrators then selected students based on the results of the exam, rigorous high school courses and academic achievements, and interviews with the finalists.

Roy, who plans to study genetic engineering, credited his entire K-12 UCS experience as a key to earning the academic scholarship.

“All the schools I have attended have been exceptional,” he said. “This honor really results from the combination of such strong academics, great staff and teachers who have supported me and my participation in extracurricular activities.”

Roy is one of the UHS valedictorians this year and has been honored as a National Merit Commended Scholar, AP Scholar with Distinction and was selected for the MAC All Academic Team.

He has participated in band, Marching Band, Drumline, Theatre, Quizbowl, National Honor Society and Key Club. He is also an Eagle Scout.

Roy said his clubs and activities were instrumental in receiving the scholarship.

It has validated the work that I have done,” he said.

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