This is the eighth year that Mid Michigan College plans to award 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 LD Scholarships, the highest awards, include a maximum of 62 credits of tuition and fees, the equivalent of an associate degree. Presidential LD Scholarship students must meet academic requirements to renew the award for their second year, and also receive a $500/semester stipend for books and school supplies.
The selection of scholarship winners occurs over the course of two months, and applicants attend two events at Mid as they progress through the process.
To qualify for LD Scholarships, applicants must be Michigan high school seniors with a 3.5 GPA or better. They must also RSVP for and attend the scholarship’s first selection event, which is held at the College’s Mt. Pleasant Campus on November 2 at 11am. RSVP’s can be placed online at midmich.edu/distinction.
Final determinations are based on applicants’ leadership, service, and academic performance, which are assessed through a variety of measures. Students submit creative response pieces, write on-campus essay responses, and, for those moving to the final round of selection, undergo a series of short interviews with Mid personnel.
“It’s always rewarding to see how many exceptional students apply for these scholarships, and we hope to see those numbers grow in 2019,” noted Karry Kiste-Toner, Assistant Vice President of Student Services at Mid.“It’s extremely hard to narrow the field down to our final recipients—there are so many remarkable local students.”
Past winners include students from many local schools including Clare, Gladwin, Farwell, Beaverton, Harrison, Fulton, Mt. Pleasant, Chippewa Hills, and Ithaca.
“Many of 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 2018 Presidential LDS winner from Farwell.