Michigan City Promise Scholarship program announce 2017 scholarship recipients.
Michigan City Promise Scholarship program director, Nancy Smith, and Mayor Ron Meer are pleased to announce the 2017 scholarship recipients. The 2017 Promise Scholars are: Hassan Baydoun, Erin Buskirk, Emily Dirks, Madison Emerick, Emily Glowacki, Megan Gushrowski, Katelyn Hansen, Destiny Harvel, Braxton Hervey, Becca Jensen, Tyler Johnston, Alee’yia Kirkwood, Katherine Kovalcik, Samantha Lanier, Eileen Latchford, Pauline Lutton, McKenzie Moore, Mireya Mota, Devin Newton, Keith Patejdl, Kyle Patejdl, Yasmin Ramos, Kobe Roberson, William Rubino, Sarah Smith, Rhiggs Thomas, Hannah Tubbs, Nathaniel Volckmann, Matthew Westman, JaMiera Woodard, Kaeli Winebrenner, Emma Zaknoun, and Jonathan Zerbes.
The first class of Promise Scholars graduated with an average GPA of 3.53, completed over 1,700 hours of community service and are attending 11 different colleges/universities in Indiana including: Ball State University, Indiana University, Indiana University South Bend, Ivy Tech Community College in Michigan City, Ivy Tech Community College in Valparaiso, Manchester University, Purdue University, Purdue University Northwest, University of Indianapolis, Valparaiso University, and Vincennes University.
“The Promise Scholarship means to me that pretty much I’ll want to come back to Michigan City. It’s promising me that I’ll have a good future, a financially wise future anyway,” says 2017 Promise Scholar Katherine Kovalcik who will be attending Purdue University in the fall. “And the scholarship will impact my parents because, first of all, they won’t be having to worry about me being in debt for so long.” A reception to recognize the 2017 Promise Scholars and celebrate with their families was held at City Hall on July 24. The students were presented a certificate of accomplishment from Mayor Ron Meer. “I want Michigan City residents to see the investment that city government has for its residents and for the youth of our community,” he says. “The Michigan City community can be very proud of this program.”
In addition, as a requirement of receiving the scholarship, the Promise Scholars must continue to complete 40 hours of volunteer service in the Michigan City community each year they receive funding.
“If you have four years of funding through the Promise Scholarship, you will owe the City 160 hours of community service,” says Smith. “Those hours need to be performed in the community.” The 2017 Scholars did not waste any time to continue their efforts in improving the community. They have already made an impact at places like Barker Mansion, Michigan City Parks Department, and Michigan City Zoo. Some of the Promise Scholars volunteered at Michigan City High School this summer by coaching sport camps, working as peer tutors, or assisting with data entry and archival. They also volunteered with Michigan City Mainstreet Association during this past weekend’s Taste of Michigan City and 9th Annual Super Boat Great Lakes Grand Prix.
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