Manistee County MSU Alumni Club awards scholarships

MANISTEE — The Michigan State University Alumni Club is pleased to announce that they have awarded eight Manistee County students with scholarships this year.

Mercedes Forsyth and Tegan Wayward, both of Manistee High School, Mason Callesen of Manistee Catholic Central, Nicholas Falk and Zoe Morley both of Onekama High School, Taylor Cordes of Brethren High School, Yuki Babinec and Travis Johnson both of Bear Lake High School all received scholarships based on their impressive high school activities, grades, efforts, interviewing skills and overall Spartan attitude.

Mercedes Forsyth is planning to join the Eli Broad College of Business with interests in hospitality. She dreams of becoming an event planner and has been involved in her schools week long government program “Girls State.” Her hobbies include reading and beach volleyball.

Tegan Wayward will be enrolled in the Agriculture Operations Program at MSU. Teagan grew up with a love of the outdoors and has always been involved with hunting and fishing. She is a current member of the FFA (Future Farmers of America) and competed in a Forestry Unit program. She hopes to learn more about dairy farms and come back to Northern Michigan after graduation.

Mason Callesen will be joining the Eli Broad College of Business majoring in Finance and minoring in Economics. Mason is excited to be a part of the program and is interested in learning about other cultures at MSU. He likes to hike, read classic novels and has hopes of moving back to Manistee after graduation to join his father’s business.

Nicholas Falk plans on graduating from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. He is interested in packaging and engineering and is hoping to internship at different companies around the country. Nick has a love of golf and wants to be able to travel somewhere warm after graduating.

Zoe Morely is planning to join the college of Pre-Med at MSU and wants to become a pediatrician. She will be job shadowing a current practice in Ludington over the summer. She loves animals, helping her community and wants to participate in Doctors Without Borders after graduating.

Taylor Cordes attended MSU for a Quiz Bowl Competition when she realized that the college was “great at everything” She will be entering the College of Education with plans of becoming an Occupational Therapist. Taylor loves soccer, reading and music and is excited to move to a bigger city.

Yuki Babinec plans on majoring in Kinesiology before applying to the College of Osteopathic Medicine. Yuki was involved in her school’s Student Council and a member of the Cross Country, Basketball, Track and Golf teams. She is hoping to work with people after graduation.

Travis Johnson currently has an undecided major, but hopes to go into Business at MSU. While in high school, Travis served as a referee for local sports games. Travis is interested in sports and fitness and is excited to be attending a larger university.

Eight students applied this year by filling out the Scholarship Application, attaching a letter of recommendation from a non-relative and interviewing with four members of the MSU Alumni Scholarship Committee.

The MSU Alumni Club would like to congratulate all of the applicants who applied and hope they all will be attending the Annual MSU Alumni Club’s Summer Picnic at 4 p.m. on August 5 at the Manistee Lions Pavilion at First Street Douglas Park. Friends and family of MSU students, past and present, are all welcome. Come help the MSU Alumni Club in their goal of continuing these scholarships to Manistee County Students.

Additional information about the scholarship program, or making a contribution, may be obtained from Jackie Gutowski, MSU Alumni Club President at (231) 510-5158.

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