This is the fifth year during which Mid Michigan Community College has awarded competitive full ride scholarships to eight exceptional high school seniors. Laker Distinction (LD) Scholarships are offered at two levels, with four of each being awarded.

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 2017 scholarships occurred over the course of two months, and applicants attended two events at MMCC 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 MMCC personnel.

“We know that a lot of these high caliber students see MMCC as a gateway to their future educations, so we took the selection process very seriously,” said Brent Mishler, MMCC Director of Admissions. “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.”

2017 Laker Distinction Presidential Scholarship (2 year)

Hailey Gandy Chippewa Hills High School

Britney Hale Harrison High School

Haley Heldt Bullock Creek High School

Grace Shaw Clare High School

2017 Laker Distinction Scholarship (1 year)

Carley hickey Gladwin High School

Kara Kindel Ithaca High School

Cora Mallory Alma High School

Tristan Villalobos Alma High School

“This process was one of the biggest challenges I’ve faced,” shared Grace Shaw, Presidential Laker Distinction Scholarship winner. “Being selected for this award has given me the confidence to achieve my dreams no matter what direction I choose to go.”

“It’s impossible to convey how challenging final selection was,” noted Jessie Gordon, MMCC’s Executive Director of Communications and Enrollment Management. “The applicants were outstanding, and I think that all of us who spent time with these students have renewed hopes for our future leaders. Our local communities include some truly remarkable young people.”

To learn more about the Laker Distinction Scholarships at MMCC, visit or contact Brent Mishler at

Pictured (L to R): Chris Hammond (MMCC’s President), Britney Hale, Haley Heldt, Hailey Gandy and Grace Shaw. LDS.jpg
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