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MMCC awards 8 scholarships to area high school seniors

This year marks the third in which Mid Michigan Community College awarded competitive full-ride scholarships to eight exceptional high school seniors. Laker Distinction (LD) Scholarships are offered at two award levels, with four of each being conveyed.

2015 Laker Distinction Presidential Scholars (from left to right): Alana Keen, Tessa Huovinen, MMCC President Chris Hammond, Robert Mayra and Kara Bourland

2015 Laker Distinction Presidential Scholars (from left to right): Alana Keen, Tessa Huovinen, MMCC President Chris Hammond, Robert Mayra and Kara Bourland

The scholarship’s traditional level provides for 31 credits worth of tuition and fees. Presidential LD Scholarships, the highest awards, include 62 credits (the equivalent of an associate’s degree) worth of tuition and fees. The Presidential LD Scholarship is renewable and includes a $500/semester stipend for books and school supplies.

To qualify for LD Scholarships, applicants must be Michigan high school seniors with a 3.5 GPA or better. Selection for the 2015 scholarships occurred over the course of two months, and applicants attended two events at MMCC as they progressed through the process. Final determinations were based on applicants’ leadership, service and academic performance, which were assessed through a variety of measures.

Students submitted creative response pieces, wrote on-campus essay responses, and, for those moving to the final round of selection, underwent a series of short interviews with MMCC personnel.

“We know that a lot of these high caliber students see MMCC as a gateway to their future educations, so we took the selection process very seriously,” said Brent Mishler, MMCC Associate Director of Admissions. “We wanted to ensure that review was impartial, fair, and considered the scope of abilities that students have—we really wanted a chance to get to know the applicants as much as possible.”

2015 Laker Distinction Presidential Scholarship (2 year)
Alana Keen (Clare High School)
Robert Mayra (Mt. Pleasant High School)
Tessa Huovinen (Clare High School)
Kara Bourland (Mt. Pleasant High School)

2015 Laker Distinction Scholarship (1 year) 
Melissa Zurawski (Mt. Pleasant High School)
Nicole Fox (Beal City High School)
Brogan Sprague (Mt. Pleasant High School)
Lakin Boyer (Beaverton High School)

“It’s impossible to convey how challenging final selection was,” noted Jessie Gordon, MMCC’s Director of Admissions. “The applicants were outstanding, and I think that all of us who spent time with these students have renewed hopes for our future leaders. Our local communities include some truly remarkable young people.”

To learn more about the Laker Distinction Scholarships at MMCC, visit www.midmich.edu/distinction or contact Gordon at (989) 317-4626 or jmgordon@midmich.edu.

 

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