2018 Scholarship Winners

Because of your support of our annual golf outing and the commitments by the Arnson, Pedler, Bailey families, Spartan Fund and the MSU Alumni Club of Muskegon Lakeshore Area we are please to award these students with scholarships for 2018. We are proud to announce that the scholarships monies awarded are over $20,000!

ARNSON FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP – $10,000
MADISON SEWICK graduated from Mona Shores High School and will enter both MSU’s Honor’s College, & Lyman Briggs College this fall, majoring in Neuroscience. She intends to pursue a career in Osteopathic Medicine. In high school, she participated in Student Senate, National Honor Society, Be Nice (an anti-bullying group), math tutoring, and was a mentor to incoming freshmen via Link Crew. She enjoyed JV, Varsity, Travel & Recreational Softball, and received Softball Team All State Academic Honors. She was awarded a full scholarship to MSU’s OsteoCHAMPS summer program, and was a Top Ten graduate in her Mona Shores graduating class. She is passionate about her role as Grief Counselor at Camp Courage, a grief Camp for children which is operated by Harbor Hospice, and will counsel there again this summer. She cites its profound impact, not only on the campers, but on herself as well.

MERRILL and ZONA BAILEY FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP – $3,000
CADE POLAND also graduated from Mona Shores High School and is excited to become part of MSU’s College of Engineering ‘CoRe’ Program. ‘CoRe’ is an acronym which stands for ‘Cornerstone and Residential Experience’. It seeks to demonstrate, to students, the importance of engineering and the positive impact that engineers make on society and the world around them. Cade’s field of study will be Computer Science. While at Mona Shores, Cade was the Captain of both the Varsity Cross Country and Varsity Track & Field Teams, gaining All Conference Honors 3 times. Through National Honor Society, he volunteered as a tutor. He has been a counselor at Camp Sunshine for 4 years, bonding with Special Needs Campers on a 1-to-1 basis. You may also have seen him working at ‘The Deck’. Cade’s father, Michael, is a fellow Spartan, which explains Cade’s inherited ability to ‘Bleed Green’!

JIM and JERI PEDLER FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP – $3,000
LEA DIGA is a graduate of Reeths-Puffer High School. As a first generation college student, she is beyond excited to attend MSU, and will focus her studies on Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. Sustainability and the Environment are her passions and she hopes to pursue a career in Bio-Remediation. During her time at Reeths-Puffer, Lea was honored to be accepted as a Research Assistant for the Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute. Her love of music and the arts led to her involvement in the Reeths-Puffer Fine Arts Program, Reeths-Puffer Marching Band, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and Camp Break-A-Leg. Lea’s proudest accomplishment in High School was as the Founder & Co-President of the Youth Activism Coalition, whose mission is to give back to the community, in both large and small ways, by empowering youth to vocalize, mobilize, and engage in their civic duties as activists.

COMMUNITY FOUNDATION FOR MUSKEGON COUNTY SCHOLARSHIP – $2,000
JOSEPH PETRONGELLI graduated from Muskegon High School. This fall, he enters Lyman Briggs College at MSU, and will pursue studies in the fields of Neuroscience and/or Psychology. At Muskegon High School, Joey was a member of the Varsity Cross Country Team, as well as the Varsity Track & Field Team. He ran for President of National Honor Society, and petitioned to bring four new Advanced Placement classes to Muskegon High School. He also participated in Gay-Straight Alliance and founded an Environmental Clean-Up / Beautification Club at Muskegon High School. In his spare time, he is a server at the new Paisley Pig Gastro-Pub. As Joey prepares for his future in the S.T.E.M. field, he is very much looking forward to the opportunities for personal growth and the extensive educational options that MSU has to offer.

MSU Muskegon Alumni Spartan FUND Athletic Scholarship
MARDREKIA COOK was awarded our $2,500 Spartan Fund Athletic Scholarship for the second year in a row.

She attended Muskegon High School and is currently a Sophomore on the MSU Women’s Basketball Team. She earned the Kim Archer Character Award at the 2017 team banquet and has played in 40 games in a Spartan uniform, starting three.

We congratulate these students in their pursuit
of excellence in education.