Dozens of Michigan students awarded college scholarships from MEA

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LANSING, MI – The cost of college for dozens of Michigan students will be a little lighter with help from a scholarship from the Michigan Education Association.

The 2022 MEA Scholarship was awarded to 49 current and future students of Michigan universities in 2022.

The scholarship, founded in 1997, honors exemplary public school students from across the state. Since its inception, the fund has awarded 748 scholarships totaling more than $ 810,000, officials said in a news release.

To be eligible for the award, recipients must be dependent on a current or retired member of the MEA. The fund also considers academic achievement, extra-curricular activities as well as school and community service, the release said.

Among the 426 students who applied this year, the MEA scholarship trustees chose 22 recipients who will each receive $ 1,600. Another 27 repeat winners already enrolled in college will receive $ 800 each.

The winners of the $ 1,600 award include:

  • Kendall Bailey from Johannesburg-Lewiston High School (Johannesburg-Lewiston Area Schools)
  • Valerie Caldwell from Anchor Bay High School (Anchor Bay School District)
  • Sophia Carlson attending University of Michigan from Belding High School (Belding Area Schools)
  • Emma Daum from Big Rapids High School (Big Rapids Public Schools)
  • Jillian Klaver from Owosso Public Schools
  • William Klucevek from Novi High School District
  • Brandon Macher from Pentwater Public Schools
  • Jack Matrella from AD Johnston High School (Bessemer Area School District)
  • Benjamin Maurice from Berkley High School (Berkley School District)
  • Rosalia Miller from Dakota High School (Chippewa Valley Schools)
  • John Olszak from Avondale High School (Avondale School District)
  • Olivia Raymond from Trenton High School (Trenton Public Schools)
  • Daniel Reynolds from Gaylord High School (Gaylord Community Schools)
  • Cole Robinson from Bellaire Public School (Bellaire Public Schools)
  • Lauryn Short from Ionia Public Schools
  • Dorothy Simon from Huron High School (Ann Arbor Public Schools)
  • Connor Sobecki from Brandywine High School (Brandywine Community Schools)
  • Mara Sorensen from Negaunee High School (Negaunee Public Schools)
  • Aiden Swanson from Marquette High School (Marquette Area Public Schools)
  • Jacquelyne Thompson from Anchor Bay High School (Anchor Bay School District)
  • Lucia Turrini from Grosse Pointe North High School
  • Annika Zaar from Northville High School (Northville Public Schools)

Winners of the $ 800 award include:

  • Ryan Atkinson attending Michigan State University from Dundee High School (Dundee Community Schools)
  • Gabriel Bass attending University of Michigan from Whitehall High School (Whitehall District Schools)
  • Gregory Brown attending Michigan State University from Grand Haven High School (Grand Haven Area Public Schools)
  • Braeden Burger attending University of Michigan from Clio High School District
  • Corbin Fleming-Dittenber attending University of Michigan from Midland High School (Midland Public Schools)
  • Caroline Grin attending University of Michigan from East Grand Rapids High School (East Grand Rapids Public Schools)
  • Riley Hohlbein attending Grand Valley State University from Shepherd Public School (Shepherd Public Schools)
  • Kathleen Hummer attending Michigan State University from Byron Center Public Schools
  • Taylor Jancsi attending Grand Valley State University from Gwinn Area Community Schools
  • Connor Johnson attending Central Michigan University from Gwinn Area Community Schools
  • Bayleigh Kamm attending Kalamazoo Valley Community College from Portage Northern High School (Portage Public Schools)
  • Megan Lasceski attending Central Michigan University from St. St. Johns High School (St. Johns Public Schools)
  • Katie Lazarz attending Michigan State University from Freeland High School (Freeland Community Schools)
  • Sydney Masters attending Michigan State University from Saline High School (Saline Area Schools)
  • Amanda Morello attending University of Michigan from Royal Oak High School (Royal Oak Schools)
  • Alexander Netzley attending University of Michigan from Cadillac Senior High School (Cadillac Area Public Schools)
  • Braden Nordbeck attending University of Michigan from Benjamin Franklin High School (Livonia Public Schools)
  • Audry Rakozy attending University of Michigan from Grosse Pointe North High School (Grosse Pointe Public Schools)
  • Lars Samuel attending Michigan State University from Lakeshore Public School (Lakeshore Public Schools)
  • Jacob Sanderson attending Oakland University from Sandusky High School (Sandusky Community Schools)
  • Kendall Smith attending Lake Superior State University from Reeths-Puffer High School (Reeths-Puffer Public Schools)
  • Maxwell Stange attending Michigan Technological University from Cadillac High School (Cadillac Area Public Schools)
  • Elizabeth Tolrud attending University of Michigan from Owosso High School (Owosso Public Schools)
  • Kelsie Wezeman attending Grand Valley State University from Coopersville High School (Coopersville Public Schools)
  • Audrey Wong attending University of Michigan from Troy High School (Troy School District)
  • Seth Woodbury attending University of Michigan from Williamston High School (Williamston Community Schools)
  • Carlee Yon attending Northern Michigan University from Wakefield-Marenisco High School (Wakefield-Marenisco School District)

The MEA Scholarship Fund is financed through voluntary contributions from members, staff and friends of the MEA.

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