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Meet today's scholarship highlight, Morgan Rose! Morgan is a 2018 Bronson High School graduate and has been attending Grand Valley State University for the past 3 years where she is double majoring in Biomedical Sciences and Pre-med, and minoring in Psychology. Morgan is going into her senior year at GVSU and then studying abroad in South Korea at Yonsei University for a semester in the Spring of 2022. Her career goal is to go to medical school at Michigan State’s D.O. program and become an OB/GYN. At Grand Valley, Morgan is involved in three clubs; Pre-Med Club, Red Cross Club, and K-GE, a culture and dance group. In K-GE, she was on the executive board for the school year 2019-2020 as the Activities Coordinator. Morgan is also a part of the Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society and the Cook Leadership Academy at GVSU. Along with those extracurriculars, Morgan is also involved in research with a GVSU professor regarding causes of male infertility. In her free time, she also volunteers in the local Grand Rapids community by helping at flu clinics, preparing packed lunches at Kids Food Basket, and providing emotional and in-home support of new mothers and babies through the Momsbloom organization. Other than volunteering, Morgan enjoys spending time with friends and family, embroidering, painting, drawing, reading, and watching movies.
Our next scholarship highlight is Simon Minor! Simon is a 2021 graduate of Colon High School and will be attending Western Michigan University in the fall. Simon has been accepted into the school of Music at Western Michigan University where he will be pursing a degree in Multimedia Arts Technology. He has had a love of music his whole life and has been an active member of his school band program since 6th grade. He has also been composing music on his own for many years. Simon plans to pursue e-sports at Western Michigan University. He has been on the Honor Roll at Colon High School and is also a scholar athlete. Simon actively participated in drama club the last four years of High School, he was a member of the Varsity Track team, and he also participated on the Colon High School Golf team as a freshman and a sophomore. Simon’s end goal is to be able to compose digital music for video games. Congratulations, Simon!
Meet Abigail Vallance, our next scholarship highlight!
Abigail is a graduating senior from Colon High School, and she plans to attend Aquinas College as a sophomore in the fall. She has declared a Dual Major in Business Administration and Sports Management. With her degree, she is hoping to begin a career in the Business and Marketing field, but she is still undecided as to what she wants to do.
We are excited to celebrate one of our 2021 Irma L. English Memorial Music Scholarship Recipients, Olivia Searls!
Olivia is going into her 8th grade year at Legg Middle School this fall. She is an active leader holding the position of Vice-President in Student Council for her school, and she pushes herself academically, continuing to get straight A's. Olivia is also an active participant in her church, helping teach for VBS in the summers and participating in Youth Group. Olivia has been in band since she could join in 5th grade. She loves music and playing her flute alongside her brothers while they play the drums and saxophone. Music makes her happy and has been a great outlet to any stress that life throws her way. She is excited to heighten her flute talent even more this summer at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.
Say hello to our next scholarship highlight, Payton James!
Payton is a 2020 graduate of Union City High School. She has just completed her first year at Saginaw Valley State University where she majors in Cellular Biology and minors in both Chemistry and Business. Her ultimate goal upon graduation is to attend a dental school to earn a doctorate in Dental Sciences. At Saginaw Valley, she is involved in many organizations including the Biology Club and the Health Professions Association. She finished high school as co-valedictorian and has finished her first year of college with a 3.9 GPA.
Today's scholarship highlight is Kennedy Outwater!
Kennedy is a 2021 Bronson High School graduate who will be attending Trine University in the fall to further her academic and athletic career. She plans to earn her Bachelor's degree with a dual major in Early Elementary Education and Special Education, and a minor in Administration, all while playing for the women's tennis team at Trine. Kennedy has been in the Education Academy class at the Branch Area Careers Center for the past two years, and this is where she found her passion for teaching.
Kennedy is a strong leader who has been involved in many school activities; she has been her class President for all 4 years of high school, a member of the National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society, a member of 4-H for 9 years where she has been Secretary of her Cransonettes & Jets club for 2 years, she is a part of the Family Career and Community Leaders of America organization at the BACC where she is Secretary, a member of Youth In Government (YIG) for 3 years, a varsity tennis player for 4 years, and has made the honor roll list every year of high school.
Meet our next highlighted scholarship recipient, Dylan Taylor!
Dylan is a 2021 graduate of Bronson Jr/Sr High School. In the fall, he is attending Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida where he will be majoring in Secondary Education-English with a minor in Creative Writing or Holocaust and Genocide Studies. He hopes through his education at Southeastern he will become a Secondary Education teacher. He hopes to enter into a school district and make a difference and impact on each student that comes through his classroom door. Dylan spent eight years (ages 9-17) living in Nicaragua. He grew up helping out in his parent’s non-profit helping feed children, playing with children, feeding people in the garbage dump, and making a difference wherever he went. His time in Nicaragua has been forever imprinted on the hearts of the people that he encountered. His passions in life are being a good friend, a good listener, making a difference, writing short stories, and playing video games.
We are so excited that we get to celebrate our scholarship recipients again this year! Like last year, we asked our 2021 scholarship recipients to help us celebrate their accomplishments by sending us a photo and a small biography about themselves.
Meet our first highlighted scholarship recipient, Kera Volkmer!
Kera is a 2021 Coldwater High School graduate and is attending Michigan State University in the fall to study Nursing. She hopes to get her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and eventually work her way towards being a Nurse Practitioner. She was accepted to the Honors
College at MSU as well as the Nurse Scholar Program allowing her to have direct admittance to the nursing school. Kera has a long track record of being involved in organizations and volunteering. She was involved in Student Council, Class Council, National Honors Society, and Interact. She has volunteered at Walk A Mile, the Humane Society, the Women’s Shelter, the Branch County Fair, and many more. Kera is excited to further her education with this degree and give back to her community in every way possible.
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