This year marks the sixth in which Mid Michigan Community College awarded competitive full ride scholarships to eight exceptional high school seniors. Laker Distinction (LD) Scholarships are offered at two award levels, with four of each being conveyed.

The scholarship’s traditional level provides for 31 credits worth of tuition and fees. Presidential LD Scholarships, the highest awards, include 62 credits (the equivalent of an associate degree) worth of tuition and fees. The Presidential LD Scholarship is renewable and includes a $500/semester stipend for books and school supplies.

To qualify for LD Scholarships, applicants must be Michigan high school seniors with a 3.5 GPA or better.

Selection for the scholarship winners occurred over the course of two months, and applicants attended two events at Mid as they progressed through the process.

Final determinations were based on applicants’ leadership, service, and academic performance, which were assessed through a variety of measures. Students submitted creative response pieces, wrote on-campus essay responses, and, for those moving to the final round of selection, underwent a series of short interviews with Mid personnel.

“We know that a lot of these high caliber students see Mid as a gateway to their future educations, so we took the selection process very seriously,” said Brent Mishler, Director of Admissions at Mid. “We wanted to ensure that review was impartial, fair, and considered the scope of abilities that students have—we really wanted a chance to get to know the applicants as much as possible. The competition was so tight this year that we decided to award 10 scholarships because there were so many great candidates!”

2018 Laker Distinction Presidential Scholarship (2 year)

Dallas Longstreth Beaverton High School

Hallie Wentworth Mt Pleasant High School

Makenzie Harmon Clare High School

Zachary Taylor Harrison High School

2018 Laker Distinction Scholarship (1 year)

Madisyn Kench Fulton High School

Selena Dole Clare High School

Shelby Raymond Gladwin High School

Paige Butcher Alma High School

Bryce Lipovsky Harrison High School

Kylee Greenfield Harrison High School

“It’s impossible to convey how challenging final selection was,” continued Mishler. “The applicants were outstanding, and I think that all of us who spent time with these students have renewed hopes for our future leaders. Our local communities include some truly remarkable young people.”

To learn more about the Laker Distinction Scholarships at Mid, visit or contact Brent Mishler at 989-386-6622 or

Pictured (L to R): Makenzie Harmon, Hallie Wentworth, Chris Hammond (MMCC’s President), Zachary Taylor, and Dallas Longstreth

Laker Distinction Scholarship Winners
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