2020 Scholarship Winners

Because of your support of our annual golf outing and the commitments by the Arnson, Pedler, Bailey families, and the MSU Alumni Club of Muskegon Lakeshore Area, we are pleased to award these students with $25,000 in scholarships for 2020!


Founded in 1995
Current Market Value of Investment Funds: $358,438

Fun Fact: Don Arnson (#68) played tackle at Michigan State College from 1944-47.

Awarded to one high-achieving incoming freshman from Muskegon County who has
demonstrated leadership experience through school and community involvement.


Emma is a graduate of Montague High School. She is an active participant in 4-H and managing her family’s farm and held leadership positions in Future Farmer’s of America, National Honor Society, Student Government, and her Church Youth Group.

Emma is a recipient of the 2020 State of Michigan Breaking Tradition Award, given to only 62 students who overcame perceived barriers to achieve success in career and technical education programs that are nontraditional to their gender, which makes them role models for their peers who may be considering such a career path. She earned the prestigious FFA Star Award, at the annual state competition at MSU. She also received the Agro Science Research award at the science fair portion of the competition.

In addition, she was one of 10 Michigan/Indiana recipients to receive the Ceres Solutions Scholarship given to students pursuing degrees in the field of agriculture. Ceres Solutions is a 100% farmer-owned Indiana cooperative providing energy, agronomic, seed, and feed products and services for the agricultural community. Emma will study Crop and Soil Science at MSU with the hope of becoming a Crop Consultant, to educate and assist fellow farmers.


Founded in 2000
Current Market Value of Investment Funds: $71,406

Fun Fact: One of the Pedler Family’s most treasured memories is when they gathered in St. Louis for the NCAA National Hockey Championships and witnessed their grandson, Justin Abdelkader (Detroit Red Wings), score the winning goal for MSU.

Awarded to incoming freshmen, in good academic standing, from Muskegon County,
with additional consideration for financial need.


Sebastian graduated from Mona Shores High School. He was a member of the National Honor Society, Varsity Soccer, Tri-M Music Honor Society, and Choir Student Executive Board. He is passionate about choral music and the sound of barbershop quartets!

Sebastian has been accepted into MSU’s Honors College and will study Psychology. He cherishes the idea of combining his love of musical performance with his desire to use his Psychology Degree to help people and make a positive difference in their lives.


Founded in 2004
Current Market Value of Investment Funds: $65,325

Fun Fact: Merrill & Zona have established an additional endowment for MSU Men’s Basketball.

Awarded to incoming freshmen from Muskegon County, or transferring
from MCC, who demonstrate superior academic standing.


Bradley is a graduate of Muskegon Catholic Central.



Founded in 2017
Current Market Value of Investment Funds: $62,968

Fun Fact: This scholarship has been generously funded by local MSU alumni and from the proceeds of our golf outings. This is the only scholarship we award that includes students from the Grand Haven & Spring Lake area.

Awarded to incoming freshmen, with a minimum GPA of 3.5, from Muskegon County, or graduates of Grand Haven
and Spring Lake high schools. Preference is given to students with demonstrated financial need.


Natalie graduated from Grand Haven High School. She was a member of the Science Olympiad Team, competing at the National Level. She participated in Advanced Choir, even performing at Carnegie Hall, and has been the Keyboardist at her Church for the last 4 years. In addition, she was involved with Rotary Interact Club.

She was awarded an MSU Alumni Distinguished Scholarship and an MSU Honors College Scholarship.

At MSU, Natalie will be in the Lyman Briggs College steering towards biomedical research. She is embracing the motto “Spartans Will” in that she hopes to couple science with her passion for improving the lives of others. She plans to help develop treatments for diseases using new technology such as CRISPR gene editing, then eventually work with an international aid outpost to distribute these treatments.


Founded in 1989
Current Market Value of Investment Funds: $47,475

Awarded to Muskegon County graduating seniors, with a  preference given to Muskegon Community College
students transferring to MSU. Financial need is also a consideration.


Leanna will be transferring from MCC to MSU this fall. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society for Community College students, a future officer and inductee of Gamma Theta Upsilon International Honor Society for Geography, a TA/Tutor for Physical Geography at MCC, and the recipient of a Promise Scholarship.

Her community involvement includes Jayhawk Food Pantry, International Aid, distributing DTE Energy Kits, Pere Marquette Beach Clean-Up, and reading with school children to improve literacy and understanding.

At MSU, Leanna will pursue a degree in Urban Planning, leading to a Master’s Degree. Future career goals include resource sustainability, focusing on transportation in large urban areas.


We congratulate these students on their pursuit of excellence in education!