This year marks the eighth in which Mid Michigan College has awarded competitive full-ride scholarships to exceptional high school seniors. Three local students were recipients of this year’s scholarships. Laker Distinction (LD) Scholarships are offered at two award levels.
Sarah Lator, of Shepherd, received the two-year 2020 Laker Distinction Presidential Scholarship. Lator is majoring in nursing. The scholarship’s traditional level provides for 31 credits of tuition and fees. Presidential Laker Distinction Scholarships, the highest awards, include 62 credits (the equivalent of an associate degree) of tuition and fees. The Presidential Laker Distinction Scholarship is renewable and also includes a $500/semester stipend for books and school supplies.
Danielle Roggow and Grace Beardsley, both of Gladwin, received the one-year 2020 Laker Distinction Scholarship. Both Roggow and Beardsley are pursuing a major in nursing. To qualify for Laker Distinction Scholarships, applicants must be Michigan high school seniors with a 3.5 GPA or better. Selection for the scholarship winners occurred over the course of two months, and applicants attended two events at Mid 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 Mid personnel.
“We know that a lot of these high caliber students see Mid as a gateway to their future educations, so we take the selection process very seriously,” said Karry Kiste-Toner, assistant vice president of student success at Mid. “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. Our local communities include some truly remarkable young people.”
— Victoria Ritter, email@example.com