This year marks the tenth 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 short essays, and, for those moving to the final round of selection, participated in 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 Katie Navock, Director of Admissions at Mid. “We ensure that the process is impartial, fair, and considers the full scope of abilities that these students possess—we really get to know the applicants as much as possible, and each year are reminded that our local communities include truly remarkable young people.”

LDA 2022 Recipients

2022 Laker Distinction Presidential Scholarship (2 year)

Student | High School | Program of Study

Taylor Benthem | McBain | Healthcare

Sawyer Gerow | Beaverton | Business

2022 Laker Distinction Scholarship (1 year)

Student | High School | Program of Study

Maggie Jo Ware | Harrison | Healthcare

Alexa (Rue) Bardy | Mt. Pleasant | Psychology

Emily Burnell | Ithaca | Dentology

Macey Novak | Sacred Heart Academy | Nursing

Pictured (L to R): Macey Novak, Tim Hood (Mid’s President), Rue Bardy, Sawyer Gerow, Maggie Jo Ware, and Taylor Benthem (Emily Burnell not pictured)

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

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