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2013 Grosswirth–Salny Scholarship Winner Honored by The Mensa Education & Research Foundation

  • Aug 13, 2013

Arlington, Texas, August 13th, 2013 — Twenty-year-old Marshall Bustillo of North Richland Hills, Texas, is the recipient of the 2013 Grosswirth–Salny Scholarship awarded by the Mensa Education and Research Foundation. Mr. Bustillo attends Purdue University, where he is working toward his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering with a focus on nanotechnology. 

In his essay, Bustillo shared his interest in nanotechnology and how it affects many fields including medicine, the environment, and security.  Nanotechnology  is the science of manipulating materials on an atomic or molecular scale especially to build microscopic devices. “With my degree, I believe I will be well-equipped to advance the positive pursuits of nanotechnology,” Bustillo said. He will be studying abroad in Spain in the spring of 2014 to qualify for his minor in global engineering studies. Bustillo plans to continue his education with an MBA at the University of Texas’ McCombs School of Business. “We are so pleased to be able to present this award to Mr. Bustillo,” said Foundation Director Jill Beckham.  “We hope to continue, with the help of our members and donors alike, to keep supporting young minds as they help to shape our future.” Mr. Bustillo was presented with the award at the Mensa Annual Gathering Convention in Fort Worth in July.

Since 1997, the Mensa Education & Research Foundation has given more than $1,000,000 in scholarship money. The Grosswirth–Salny Scholarship was created by former Board of Director member Marvin Grosswirth and former Mensa Supervisory Psychologist Dr. Abby Salny. The scholarship criterion is based solely on essays written by the applicants, and applicants need not be Mensa members. To find out more about the Mensa Foundation Scholarship program, visit

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