WORCESTER -- Michael Schroth of Pepperell has received the Lt. Col. James F. Sheehan '55 USMC Ret. Academic Excellence Award from Worcester State University. The award provides monetary support to the student with the highest grade point average in each class year, and is the most prestigious honor recognizing academic merit at the university.

Schroth, Class of 2019, dreams of becoming a full-time author, but recognizes there are other uses for his writing talent along the way.

"Writing creatively is my calling, but I consider myself a professional writer as well," says the English major with a writing concentration and minors in business administration, computer science, and Spanish. He currently works as a writing consultant in the Worcester State Writing Center, as well as a crew trainer at a McDonald's near Pepperell.

Fitness and nutrition are also important parts of his life, and he writes a fitness column in the student news blog The New Worcester Spy called "Whey to Go!," a pun on a popular supplement.

Schroth traveled to Spain in 2017 as part of a 10-day trip led by Assistant Professor Antonio Guijarro-Donadios from the World Languages Department. Michael was particularly awed by the Alhambra, a palace and fortress complex located in Granada in Andalusia.

"I'm not a prolific traveler, but I loved experiencing a different culture," he says.

Schroth is a member of the WSU Honors Program and Phi Eta Sigma national honor society.