Thirty-four of the most academically accomplished high school seniors from the Shiawassee County region have been nominated for scholarships to the University of Michigan by the Cook Family Foundation. One of the students will be selected to receive a four-year, full-tuition scholarship from Bruce and Jacqueline Cook.
In order to assist them with their college selection, thirty of the nominees recently attended an overnight trip to the University of Michigan where they met with admission officers, took a tour of the campus and stadium, attended a class, and had the opportunity to spend time with students from the Shiawassee County area presently enrolled at the University of Michigan.
“We want to make sure the leaders and the best among local high school students seriously consider the University of Michigan for the next level of education,” said Foundation President Bruce Cook. “We are committed to the academic success of local students, and are committed to building partnerships with our public schools and our oldest public university.”
Each of the nominees will receive at least a $3,000 scholarship to the University of Michigan from the Cook Family Foundation. In addition to these nominees, the Cook Family Foundation provides a scholarship to every local student who applies to the University of Michigan, is admitted, and then enrolls.
If they apply and are admitted to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, the following students will be considered for the Bruce and Jacqueline Cook scholarship: from Byron: Zachary Geiser, Olivia Howard, Nathan Srp, and Ian Wilsdon;from Chesaning: Samuel Forsyth, Nicholas Kasik, Nathan Martin, and Hannah Rolfe; from Corunna: Ramneet Chauhan, Frederick Heidt, Erin Mandley, Christopher Mars, Michael Miller, and Tyson Moore;from Durand: Nicholas Mazzara;from Laingsburg: Brett Baker, Cassidy Ballard, Kaitlyn Carlson, Riley Gugel, Ryan Kingsbury, Matthew Nichols, and Emma Smith; from New Lothrop: Arthur Devota, Tristan Malone, Joseph Quaderer and Dylan Vincke; from Ovid-Elsie: Kathryn Beeman and Jericho Herblet; from Owosso: Jake Bacigal, Abigail Brainerd, Brendan Dewley, Josephine Hufnagel, and Damien Moore; and from Perry: Jason Taft.
Past recipients of the Bruce and Jackie Cook Scholarship have included Elizabeth Hoornstra from Chesaning in 2017, Mitchell Lawrence from Byron in 2016, Nick Miller from Laingsburg in 2015, Nolan Wendling from New Lothrop in 2014, Emily Feuka from Perry in 2013, Sam Whaley from Perry in 2012, Adam Stewart from Laingsburg in 2011, Valerie Foster from Byron in 2010, Adam Dingens from Corunna in 2009, Randy Piper from Owosso in 2008, Dan Frechtling from Perry in 2007 and Kendra Frye of Owosso in 2006.