2017 Scholarship Award Winners 

Amy Elizabeth Kelbel Scholarship ($1,500)
Nina Myers, Petoskey High School – Nina is a member of the Policy Debate team where she has received multiple awards. She also served as vice president of public relations for Petoskey’s DECA chapter. Nina has been accepted to the University of Chicago where she plans to study applied mathematical science.

Anna Funk Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)
Lydia Damoose, Harbor Springs High School – Lydia was a member of her high school’s Key Club where she was a statewide officer, in addition to student council president and Michigan Youth in Government secretary. She was a member of marching band and the cross country and track teams. She will be attending the University of Notre Dame.

Baiardi Family Foundation Scholarships ($2,000 each, Petoskey/Harbor Springs Schools and four-year college or university)
Morgan Block, Petoskey High School – Morgan is an exceptional student who is deeply curious and seeks not only knowledge, but the process of obtaining knowledge. She is a talented musician, both in her individual pursuits and as part of the Petoskey Marching Band. Drawing on her own challenges and medical issues as an adolescent, Morgan plans to study neuroscience in hopes of conducting research that could one day bring relief to patients suffering mental or physical pain.

Connor Harwood, Petoskey High School – Connor is one of the North Central Michigan College’s first Early College cohort, which he describes as a catalyst for inspiring him to obtain his educational goals. He is a member of the Circle K service club, Phi Theta Kappa honors society and a student Ambassador. He is an accomplished member of Petoskey’s DECA team, placing first in the state entrepreneurship event. Connor plans to attend the University of Michigan and is leaning toward majoring in a STEM field with a minor in entrepreneurship.

Baiardi Family Foundation Scholarships ($1,500 each Alanson/Pellston and Community College)
Meganne Costello, Alanson High School – Meganne is a National Honor Society and student council member. In addition to serving as co-captain of her volleyball team, she also was an assistant coach at the middle school level. Meganne plans to pursue a career in the medical field and has volunteered for American Red Cross blood drives and at Bay Bluffs Medical Center. She is pursuing a degree in nursing/allied health at North Central Michigan College with plans to transfer to Lake Superior State.

Barry Potter/HOPE Scholarship (1,000)
Emily Modd, Pellston High School – Emily was her class president and a member of the National Honors Society for two years. She plans to attend Northern Michigan University to study nursing.

Business and Professional Women’s Scholarship (1,000)
Madison Pionk, Petoskey High School – Madison has been actively involved with Girls Scouts her entirely life and was a member of her high school’s Key Club. As one of the first Early College students, next year Madison will attend North Central Michigan College and Lake Superior State University through the University Center at NCMC where she plans to study accounting and business administration.  

Café Society Educational Scholarship ($500)
Rebecca Cesario, St. Michael Academy – Rebecca was one of the founding students at St. Michael Academy, where she served as an ambassador and helped build the student body. She plans to attend Saint Mary’s College to study business.

C.W. McClellan Scholarship ($1,000)
Lily Cesario, Petoskey High School – Lily was an award-winning participant in Model United Nations and team leader for FIRST Robotics, and served an executive officer of National Honor Society. She plans to attend University of Michigan to pursue a degree in political science, international relations with a minor in economics.

Harbor Springs Opportunity Scholarship ($1,000)
Amanda Curnow, Harbor Springs High School – Amanda has long been involved with theater and had the opportunity to assist direction of two elementary musicals and a middle school musical. She served as treasurer of Key Club and enjoyed volunteering at Bay Bluffs Medical Care Facility. She is attending Oakland University next year where she hopes to continue her involvement in theater.

Home Builders Association of Northern Michigan Building Industry Career Scholarship ($500 each)
Connor Smith, Petoskey High School – Connor participated in several sports and also worked more than 25 hours per week during the school year. He is described as an exceptionally hardworking student with high standards for himself. Connor plans to study Heavy Equipment Technology at Ferris State University.

James and Carolyn Cloutier Scholarship
Lillian Chamberlin, Harbor Springs High School – Lillian was involved in many clubs and activities, including Michigan Youth in Government, National Honor Society, Key Club and Tip of the Mitt Watershed Academy. She was also a standout tennis player and a leader on the Hammerhead Swim Club. Lillian plans to attend Saint Mary’s College where she will study political science or business.

Janet and Richard Gorman Scholarship
Abigail Armstrong, Petoskey High School – Abigail plans to continue her studies at Michigan Technological University, where she will pursue a degree in materials engineering. At Petoskey High School she was involved with Key Club and National Honors Society, and volunteered regularly with her church.

Kiwanis of Harbor Springs Scholarship ($1,000 each)

Samuel Bailey, Harbor Springs High School – Samuel is an exceptional student, committing himself to myriad clubs and activities, as well as sports. He has achieved Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. He plans to attend St. Olaf College in Minnesota where he is considering a degree that will allow him to pursue a career as a foreign service officer with the State Department.

Corinne Baldwin, Harbor Springs High School – Corinne plans to pursue a degree in secondary English with the hope she will be able to impact a future student in the same way many of her teachers have impacted her. She plans to attend Central Michigan University.

Lillian Chamberlin, Harbor Springs High School – Lillian was involved in many clubs and activities, including Michigan Youth in Government, National Honor Society, Key Club and Tip of the Mitt Watershed Academy. She was also a standout tennis player and a leader on the Hammerhead Swim Club. Lillian plans to attend Saint Mary’s College where she will study political science or business.

Amanda Curnow, Harbor Springs High School – Amanda has long been involved with theater and had the opportunity to assist direction of two elementary musicals and a middle school musical. She served as treasurer of Key Club and enjoyed volunteering at Bay Bluffs Medical Care Facility. She is attending Oakland University next year where she hopes to continue her involvement in theater.

Brandon Howard, Harbor Springs High School – Brandon was involved in National Honor Society, Key Club and Michigan Youth in Government as well as several sports. He plans to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering at Grand Valley State University.

Kayla Keiser, Harbor Springs High School – Kayla plans to attend Northern Michigan University to study biology or biomedical engineering. Kayla is a talented athlete and skilled musician.

Stephanie Kruskie, Harbor Springs High School – Stephanie was involved in National Honor Society and played varsity volleyball and softball. She earned second place All State at the Michigan Industrial and Technology Education Society. She will attend Grand Rapids Community College where she plans to study statistics.

Casey Savard, Harbor Springs High School – Casey has a deep desire to help others. She plans to continue her education at Grand Valley State University to pursue an allied health degree in social work/counseling. During high school, Casey played five sports and was involved in student council and a volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Hannah Wagner, Harbor Springs High School – Hannah is an honors student and was the captain of her soccer team. She played a variety of varsity sports and volunteered for Hospice of Northwest Michigan. She plans to attend Saginaw Valley State University and is considering a degree in graphic design and/or marketing.

Jennifer A. Kullik Memorial Scholarship ($1,500)
Jalynn Byers, Petoskey High School – Jalynn has a deep love for basketball and participated in track and field as well as band. She will attend Liberty University and pursue a nursing degree – a field she chose after mission trips revealed the need for medical personnel in third world countries.

Marana Tost First Tee Scholarship ($1,000 each)
Grace Kelbel, Petoskey High School – Grace was a member of National Honor Society and was the local chair and founder of High School Democrats of America in her school. An accomplished golfer, Grace is a member and volunteer for First Tee of Northern Michigan. She plans to attend Michigan State University to study environmental engineering.

Emily Kurburski, Kettering University (renewal) – A graduate of Petoskey High School, Emily is currently enrolled at Kettering University where she is pursuing a degree in business with a 3.42 GPA.

Marshall-Parker Family Scholarship ($1,000)
Abbie Welch, Michigan Technological University (renewal) – A graduate of Pellston High School, Abbie is entering her fourth year at Michigan Technological University where she is pursuing an Environmental Engineering Bachelor of Science degree. She is currently completing an environmental engineering coop opportunity with Boise Paper in International Falls, Minnesota, providing applicable, real-world experience.

Marshall-Smith Family Scholarship ($2,500 each)
Karrigan Christie, Pellston High School – Karrigan is a National Honor Society member and served on her school’s Youth Advisory Committee for three years as well as the Yearbook Committee throughout high school.

Mary McClutchey-Amacher Scholarship ($1,000)
Kaylee Krussell, Pellston High School – Kaylee plans to attend Alpena Community College where she will play volleyball and pursue a degree in pre-medical technology.

Michael Gale Phillips Memorial Scholarship ($2,000)
Casey Savard, Harbor Springs High School – Casey has a deep desire to help others. She plans to continue her education at Grand Valley State University to pursue a degree in social work/counseling. During high school, Casey played five sports and was involved in student council and a volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Olofsson Family Scholarship ($2,000)
Carolann Sheaffer, Petoskey High School – Carolann was a student ambassador and member of Phi Theta Kappa and Kiwanis Club. She was also the captain of her soccer team. As an Early College student, she is pursuing an Associate’s degree at North Central Michigan College and will transfer to Grand Valley State University for pre-medicine with the hopes of becoming a rheumatologist.

Sara J. Latimer Redpath Church Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)
Kayla Keiser, Harbor Springs High School– A resident of northern Emmet County, Kayla plans to attend Northern Michigan University to study biology or biomedical engineering. Kayla is a talented athlete and skilled musician.

Stafford and Janice Smith Scholarship ($1,000)
Lauren Bixby, Petoskey High School – Lauren was actively involved in 4-H, earning Grand Champion for livestock. Lauren plans to attend Grand Valley State University to obtain a teaching degree so she can teach English in foreign countries. She is committed to making a difference in the lives of others.

Thomas Dale Sr. Memorial Scholarship ($500)
Marissa Kintz, Alanson High School – Marissa was involved with National Honor Society and played varsity volleyball. She plans to attend Lake Superior State to pursue a degree in nursing.