This year marks the seventh in which Mid Michigan College has awarded competitive full ride scholarships to eight exceptional high school seniors. Laker Distinction (LD) Scholarships are offered at two award levels.

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 take 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. Our local communities include some truly remarkable young people.”

2019 Laker Distinction Presidential Scholarship (2 year)

Student | High School | Program of Study

Kaila Langlois | Clare |Psychology

Brianna McQuiston | Farwell | Nursing

Isabel Murphy | Farwell | Business

Skylar Myers | Beaverton | Missionary/Social Work

Samantha Perras | Beaverton | Anesthesia

Justin Raymond | Gladwin | Sports Medicine

2018 Laker Distinction Scholarship (1 year)

Student | High School | Program of Study

Wyatt Minor | Harrison | Business

Natalie Prichard | Fulton | Pre-Veterinary Medicine

“Many of the us dual enrolled at Mid during high school and became familiar with the caring staff and faculty at the College. I never felt like just a number at Mid and that definitely helped make me feel secure in my college choice,” shared Isabel Murphy, a Presidential LDS winner from Farwell.


Pictured (L to R): Justin Raymond, Skylar Myers, Samantha Perras, Christine Hammond (Mid’s President), Brianna McQuiston, Isabel Murphy, and Kaila Langlois

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

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