As part of Mid Michigan College’s effort to empower, support, and connect with local communities, the College hosted tailgate events and scholarship giveaways at the Clare vs Beaverton, Harrison vs Shepherd, Portland St. Patrick vs Farwell, and Standish-Sterling vs Gladwin varsity football games on Friday, September 10, October 8, October 15, and October 22 respectively.

College representatives attended each game and welcomed attendees with giveaways and free refreshments, purchased through the local sports booster associations.

“We want to encourage community members to attend their hometown events, support local student-athletes, and connect with Mid Michigan College,” explained Scott Mertes, Vice President of Academic Affairs & Community Outreach.

During the game, two students from each participating high school competed in a fun, interactive scholarship giveaway contest. Each team of two stood 15 yards apart with one student throwing 10 Mid Michigan College footballs and the other attempting to catch them in a basket. Both members of each winning team received a $500 scholarship to Mid Michigan College. The remaining participants each received a $100 scholarship to Mid.

  • Clare vs Beaverton Participants
    • $500 Scholarship Winners: Mara Pomerville and Peyton Thering of Clare
    • $100 Scholarship Winners: Taylor Newman and Kadence Nickel of Beaverton
  • Harrison vs Shepherd Participants
    • $500 Scholarship Winners: Anna Lator and Jenna Gates of Shepherd
    • $100 Scholarship Winners: Megan Smith and Jayme Hoskey of Harrison
  • Portland St. Patrick vs Farwell Participants
    • $500 Scholarship Winners: Gavin Conroy and Landon Heller of Farwell
    • $100 Scholarship Winners: Alexis Lake and Justin Adams of Farwell
  • Standish-Sterling vs Gladwin Participants
    • $500 Scholarship Winners: Kyle Campbell and Felicity Edick of Gladwin
    • $100 Scholarship Winners: Racheal Nyarko and Tanner Bissonette of Gladwin
“The College has always been a community partner and is increasing efforts to support local communities across mid-Michigan,” noted Mertes. “In addition to serving nearly 5,000 students from the mid-Michigan area, we partner with a variety of local organizations including employers, service organizations, and community groups.”

For more information about Mid or to discuss potential partnerships, contact Scott Mertes at or (989) 386-6622 x230.

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