Four Super-Students Named Macey Scholars

SOCORRO, N.M. April 30, 2012 – New Mexico Tech has selected four stellar students to be the 2012-2013 William B. and Jean M. Macey Scholars, the university’s most prestigious and competitive scholarship.

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Laura Montoya


Chemical Eng.

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Sohaib Soliman



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Brian Stanley


Mechanical Eng

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Hannah Sullivan


Chemical Eng.

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This year’s crop of Macey Scholars again represents a range of New Mexico towns – the third consecutive year that all the Macey Scholars are in-state students. One student hails from Albuquerque this year, with the other three including one student from Capitan and two Socorro hometowners.

Laura Montoya, a graduate of Sandia High School, will be a junior in the Chemical Engineering Department with a minor in Explosives Engineering.

Sohaib Soliman of Socorro will be a senior in biology.

Hannah Sullivan, a native of Capitan who was homeschooled for her senior year, will be a senior in the Chemical Engineering Department.

Brian Stanley of Socorro will be a senior in mechanical engineering, with a minor in biology.

Each of the four Macey Scholars said they were surprised to earn the award and honored to be selected.

This year’s Macey Scholars have interesting similarities. Both Montoya and Sullivan selected chemical engineering by process of elimination. They both came to Tech undecided about their majors, but both eliminated all other departments before making their choices.

Soliman and Stanley are both Socorro High School graduates whose families have strong ties to the university; and they both started their educational careers as pre-schoolers at the New Mexico Tech Children’s Center.

Soliman’s father, Dr. Hamdy Soliman, is a professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department. His older brother Omar is the Student Regent and his younger brother Moaaz is a junior.

Stanley is a third-generation Techie. His grandfather, both of his parents, his aunt and uncle and his sister all earned degrees at Tech. Also, his sister, Laura Stanley, was a Macey Scholar during the 2010-2011 school year.

Macey Scholars are academic standouts, as well as “super-citizens.” They represent the best of and most well-rounded Tech students – brilliant young scientists and engineers who are involved in their communities and give of their time to worthy causes.

“Our 2012-2013 Macey Scholars represent some of our brightest and accomplished students,” said Elaine DeBrine Howell, the scholarship committee chair.

The Macey Scholarship is among the most prestigious scholarship awarded at New Mexico Tech. The program is named after 1942 New Mexico Tech graduate William B. Macey. Mr. Macey has been among the biggest supporters of New Mexico Tech over the years, including significant contributors to the Macey Center building fund in the early 1980s and most recently to the new child care center.

“New Mexico Tech is very grateful to the Macey’s for their extremely generous support of our outstanding students,” said DeBrine Howell. “The selection of the Macey Scholars is always one of the most difficult and most pleasant of duties.  We are fortunate to have a number of students who embody the spirit of the Macey Scholar Program.”

Macey Scholars are Tech undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens, have completed 30 semester hours and have a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or greater. Qualified students apply for the program, along with nominations from faculty and staff members, employers and research associates nominate students. Those selected as Macey Scholars receive an award of $5,000.

The selections are based upon accomplishments in the classroom, research laboratory, service projects, volunteerism, awards, honors and other activities. Each of the 2012-2013 winners have an impressive resumé, full of research projects, internships, volunteer work and extracurricular activities. They are all well-rounded young scientists and engineers who have marked their careers at Tech with academic achievement, campus involvement and devotion to helping others.

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By Thomas Guengerich/New Mexico Tech