The Sterling Heights Area Community Foundation and its nine scholarship sponsoring partners have awarded 21 scholarships totaling $ 21,000 to area high school students and current college students living in and around Sterling Heights.
This is the 23rd consecutive year that the foundation awards scholarships to young people in the area who are pursuing higher education or vocational training. The foundation began awarding scholarships in 1999 and has awarded prizes to 482 students in the area for a total of $ 432,000, including the 2021 awards.
The organizations awarding scholarships in 2021 are BAE Systems, General Dynamics Land Systems, Macomb County Chiropractic Association, Mayor Richard J. Notte Government Public Service Endowment, Ronald Himmler Science Scholarship, Rotary Club of Sterling Heights, Selfridge Air National Guard Base Community Council, Sterling Heights Area Community Foundation, Sterling Heights City Manager and Vibe Credit Union Professional Public Management Fellowship.
BAE Systems awarded two $ 1,000 scholarships to students in the Sterling Heights area who were pursuing university studies in science, technology, engineering and / or math. The 2021 BAE Fellows are Kyle Rodriguez and Ariela Stenaj.
Rodrigue, z of Sterling Heights, is graduating this June from the Gene L. Klida Utica Academy of International Studies with a GPA of 4.14. He will attend the University of Michigan this fall to pursue a bachelor’s degree in computer science toward a advancing career in artificial intelligence and human-technology interaction. Stenaj, of Sterling Heights, graduates from Stevenson High School with a 3.61 GPA. Ariela will attend Michigan State University this fall to pursue a career in medicine or biomedical sciences, following her keen interest in science.
General Dynamics Land Systems awarded two $ 1,000 scholarships to students in the Sterling Heights area who were pursuing undergraduate studies in science, technology, engineering, and / or math. General Dynamics 2021 fellows are Ryan Boring and Aarushi Parma.
Boring, of Sterling Heights, graduates from the Gene L. Klida Utica Academy of International Studies with a GPA of 4.22. Ryan plans to attend the University of Michigan this fall to pursue a bachelor’s degree in computer science and a career in software development. Parma, of Sterling Heights, graduated in 2020 from the Bloomfield Hills International Academy with a 4.38 GPA. Aarushi attends St. Louis University to pursue a doctorate in physical therapy.
The Macomb County Chiropractic Association awarded five $ 1,000 scholarships to students pursuing a career in chiropractic health care. The winners of the 2021 MCCA Scholarship are Sloan Butzin, Adriell Desero, Bailey Kamego, Matthew Rayis and Aaron Sakevitch.
Butzin, of Washington City, graduated from Lutheran North High School in 2021. He began his undergraduate studies at Xavier University to earn a bachelor of science degree in nursing and then a degree in chiropractic, following in his father’s footsteps. Dr. Jason Butzin, who practices Sterling Heights.
Desero, of Shelby Township, is a student at Palmer College of Chiropractic, pursuing a doctorate in chiropractic. Her planned graduation is in 2023. Adriell attended Macomb Community College and Oakland University before beginning her studies at Palmer College. He plans to work alongside his mentor in the field of chiropractic locally, Dr. Justin Berlin.
Kamego, of Washington City, graduated from Romeo High School in 2018. He goes to Western Michigan University to study exercise science. He plans to attend Palmer College of Chiropractic to pursue his future as a doctor of chiropractic, following in his father’s footsteps. He maintained a 4.0 GPA at Albion College before moving to western Michigan.
Rayis, of Sterling Heights, graduated in 2016 from Stevenson High School and in 2020 from Michigan State University. He is currently attending the National University of Health Sciences in Lombard Island. He is pursuing a doctorate in chiropractic medicine, which he plans to obtain in December 2023.
Sakevich attends Keizer University in West Palm Beach, Florida, studying for a doctorate in chiropractic. He is based in Warren while working out of hospital at John D. Dingell Veterans Medical Administration Hospital in Detroit.
Mayor Richard J. Notte’s scholarship for the government’s public service endowment awarded a $ 1,000 scholarship to a Sterling Heights college student pursuing a college degree in government public service. This year’s Mayor Notte Fellow is Alexa Clampitt.
He will graduate from the Gene L. Klida Utica Academy of International Studies this June with a 4.02 GPA. She has been accepted to Ohio Northern University, where she will study philosophy, politics, and economics. After graduating, Alexa plans to attend law school, build a career as a lawyer, run for Congress, and become a legislator.
The Ronald Himmler Science Fellowship awarded three $ 1,000 scholarships to Sterling Heights high school students pursuing college or professional studies in a science-related field. The winners of the Ronald Himmler Science Fellowship are Mackenzie Conrad, Teresa Lee and Rohit Ray.
Conrad, of Sterling Heights, will graduate from Henry Ford II High School in June with a 3.8 GPA. He plans to study medical lab science at Oakland University next fall. Lee is graduating this year from Sterling Heights High School and will attend the University of Michigan to study chemistry and chemical engineering starting next fall. Teresa has a GPA of 4.48. Ray will graduate from Stevenson High School in Sterling Heights, where he has a GPA of 4.19. Rohit plans to attend the University of Michigan in the fall as a biology specialist.
The Rotary Club of Sterling Heights awarded two $ 1,000 scholarships to Sterling Heights residents who are high school students or college students. The winners of the 2021 Rotary Club of Sterling Heights scholarships are Ronald Chisholm and Grace Dishow.
Chisholm, of Sterling Heights, will graduate from Troy Athens High School. He will attend Michigan State University in the fall, pursuing a degree in business, planning to attend Eli Broad College of Business. Maintains a 3.9 GPA. Dishow, of Sterling Heights, graduated from Henry Ford II High School in June with a 3.6 GPA. He will attend Oakland University to study biology, prior to medicine, with the intention of becoming a physician and ultimately an orthopedic surgeon.
The Selfridge ANG / Base Community Council awarded a $ 1,000 scholarship to a high school student pursuing a college degree or vocational training who is the son or daughter of a military member assigned to the National Air Guard base. of Selfridge. The SANG Base Council 2021 fellow is Kaitlyn Sierakowski.
Sierakowski, of Metamora, graduated in 2020 from Lapeer High School. He goes to Michigan State University, where he is in Honors College studying nursing. She has provided daycare services and intends to pursue a career as a nursing midwife. She is the daughter of the commander of the Air Force, Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Sierakowski in Selfridge.
The Sterling Area Community Foundation awarded three $ 1,000 scholarships to students in the Sterling Heights area who were pursuing college or vocational training. The winners of the SHACF 2021 scholarship are Mitchell Mandziuk, Faith Simon and Amanda Young.
Mandziuk graduates from Bishop Foley High School with a 3.54 GPA and heads to Wayne State to study mortuary science. Mitchell wants to be a third-generation funeral director at his family’s funeral home in Sterling Heights. Simon, of Sterling Heights, is graduating from International Academy East with a GPA of 4.07 this June. He will attend Grand Valley State this fall to pursue a bachelor’s degree in speech and language pathology. Amanda Young of Sterling Heights is graduating from Adlai E. Stevenson High School with a GPA of 3.74. Amanda plans to attend Spelman College this fall to pursue a bachelor’s degree in health sciences. He then plans to pursue a master’s degree in communication sciences and disorders, specializing in language and speech pathology.
The Sterling Heights City Manager Professional Public Management Scholarship awarded a $ 1,000 scholarship to a Sterling Heights area student pursuing a college degree in public administration. The winner of the 2021 scholarship is Brooke Simmer.
Simmer, of Sterling Heights, graduated from Navy High School in 2018. He is going to Oakland University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in public administration with a scheduled graduation date in 2022. He plans to pursue a master’s degree in public administration and pursue a career in public administration in Michigan.
The Vibe Credit Union awarded a $ 1,000 scholarship to a Sterling Heights area student who graduated from high school and studied at a college, university, or technical school. The Vibe Credit Union Fellow is Amelia Borchich.
Borchich will graduate from the Gene L. Klida Utica Academy of International Studies with a GPA of 3.98 and plans to attend an accelerated five-year program in industrial / organizational psychology at the University of Detroit Mercy.
“The Foundation applauds each of its scholarship program partners for their encouragement and support for seniors in the Sterling Heights area high school who are pursuing college or professional studies,” said Executive Director and President Emeritus Karl G .Oskoian of the Sterling Heights Area Community Community Foundation. “Community leaders like our nine fellow scholars make a difference in the lives not only of the students they help, but also of the community at large. We are fortunate to have companies and companies like our fellow scholars who make a difference in the lives of these deserving young students ”.