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

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

To qualify for Laker Distinction Scholarships, applicants must be Michigan high school seniors with a 3.25 GPA or better. Selection for the scholarship winners occurred over the course of two months, and applicants participated in 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 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 Karry Kiste-Toner, Assistant Vice President of Student Success 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.”

2021 Laker Distinction Presidential Scholarship (2 year)

Ayden Case of Beal City planning to study Business/Communication

Ren Vandermay of Mt. Pleasant planning to study Nursing

2021 Laker Distinction Scholarship (1 year)

Andrew Funnell of Mt. Pleasant planning to study Sports Administration

Erin Coughlin of Harrison planning to study Radiology

Jesse Pratt of Beal City planning to study Teaching

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

LDS Recipients

Pictured (L to R): Tim Hood (Mid’s President), Ren Vandermay, Erin Coughlin, Ayden Case, and Andrew Funnell

LDS Recipient

President Hood and Jesse Pratt

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