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2017 Scholarship Recipients

The Community Foundation of Greater Rochester Congratulates the 2017 Scholarship Recipients!


Paint Creek Center for the Arts

Morgan Gallagher — Rochester High School. Besides being active in Photography, the Art Department and the Design Editor for the Student Newspaper, she is in National Honors Society and volunteers at both her church and Brooklands Elementary school. Morgan believes that “a reality without beauty, art, and love is not a reality at all.” She plans to attend college in Detroit and study Graphic Design.

Rochester Rotary Club Scholarships

Rochester Rotary Club Paul Harris Scholarship

Addison Stanley — Adams High School.  A four year member and officer of Rotary Interact, she is also a Member of National Honors Society, National Spanish Honors Society, Spanish Club was a Student Mentor, and involved in cheerleading, Lacrosse and her church. Her Community Service projects include tutoring Hispanic children with language barriers, packing food for impoverished families in Guatemala and ramp construction.  Addison is attending Michigan State in the fall to study education or nursing.

Chrismaria William — Rochester High School.  A member of Rotary Interact with over 200 volunteer hours, she is also a Member of Business Professionals of America, 3 National Honors Societies, Class Congress, plays golf and tennis. Her community service includes Troy Beaumont, Sun Valley Assisted Living Facility and St. John’s Province Cancer Center.  Her future plans include volunteer work with Doctors without Borders.  Chrismaria will be attending Michigan State University to study Neuroscience. 

Rochester Rotary Club Community Service Scholarship

Catherine Davis  — Stoney Creek High School. She is a member of Rotary Interact, Key Club, Art Club and a volunteer in her Church.  Catherine says she learned from her mom to take some of her time and energy to support someone in need. She will studying Computer Science at Michigan State University this fall.

Krista Nelson  — Stoney Creek High School. She is a member of Rotary Interact, National Honors Society, ASL Club and Theatre Club. Her community service includes Habitat for Humanity, Build On, UNICEF and MHS Mega March for Animals. Krista says her volunteer opportunities have taught her to be a good leader.  She remains undecided where she will be studying Engineering this fall.

Rochester Rotary Club Sally Case Courage Scholarship

Anthony Kania — Adams High School.  Anthony is a member of Rotary Interact and Business Professionals of America. Due to an illness when he was 14, Anthony fell behind in school and lost conditioning needed to play sports. Working on his own he was able to regain his skills and strength which taught him the importance of perseverance.  He is attending Saginaw Valley State University where he will be playing college Baseball.


Kiwanis Club of Rochester Scholarships

Monica Fan recipient of the Kiwanis Club Scholarship in Memory of Roger Weymouth. While logging over 160 volunteer hours for Key Club, she also was also active in the Model UN, three National Honors Societies and Science Olympiad. She participated in a Vet Science program at Oakland Animal Hospital and volunteered at Crittenton Hospital and Medical Center. Monica says serving as Key Club President sharpened her ability to lead, manage, and accomplish goals.” She has not decided where yet, but she will be studying Pre-Med and Biology this fall.

Anna Chermside — Adams High School. Recieptient of the Kiwanis Club Scholarship in Memory of Harry White. A four year member of Key Club, she was also active in National Honors Society, the Freshman Mentor Program and German Club. Anna will be attending Loyola University in the fall where she will study nursing.  While in school, she participated in a 1 year internship at Crittenton Hospital Medical Center and spent 3 years as a nursing home volunteer, while also working 10 – 12 hours a week.


Community Foundation of Greater Rochester Scholarships

Andrews Hooper & Pavlik Scholarship

Jacob Engelhardt  — Stoney Creek High School. His school activities include National Honors Society, Spanish Honors Society, Football, Track and Field, and Business Professionals of America.  Jacob credits his mom with teaching him “how to be a hard-working and driven person that never gives up.”  He is attending Grand Valley State University to study accounting with plans to become a Certified Public Accountant.

Ann Peterson’s Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship

Mark Danielak. His high school activities include Rotary Interact, electronic and food drives, volunteering at the Community House and student government. One of Mark’s teachers says that he “is extremely knowledgeable, responsible, outgoing, collaborative, flexible, hardworking, creative and a passionate young man.” He plans on attending the Gemology Institute of America in Carlsbad, California. 

 Kipriece Tate.  A member of Student Government and Rotary Interact. She likes Robotics and has spoken as a Student Panel Volunteer. Her community service includes volunteering at the Community House and Interact Day.  She describes herself as a hard worker who rarely gives up.  Kipriece plans on attending Jackson College to study Esthetics. 

Blessings in a Backpack Scholarship

Sahiba Singh — Stoney Creek High School. Sahiba is a member of Key Club, Earth Advocates, National Honors Society, Science National Honors Society and Model UN as well as being on the Swimming and LaCrosse teams. She has volunteered at Henry Ford Hospital, the Older Persons’ Commission and is a swim instructor. She plans on studying Biology at Michigan State University.


Cipa Family Foundation Scholarship

Dylan Ewert — Adams High School.  Dylan has worked for the last two years while maintaining a rigorous academic schedule including advanced placement courses and still had time to volunteer in the community. He identifies his two older brothers as role models who have been with him “every step of the way to ensure” he achieves his dream of becoming a conservation officer.  Dylan will be attending Northern Michigan University in the fall where he will study Agriculture and Natural Resources.


Clinton Shultz & Kenda Pyle-Shultz Memorial Scholarship

Lisa Nasiadka — Rochester High School.  Lisa is a member of 4 school bands, Marching, Pep, Wind Ensemble and Jazz, a 13 year member of Girl Scouts and active in her church. She says she is drawn to the medical field because she enjoys science and math and has helped care for her elderly grandparents. She is attending the University of Michigan and plans to become a Nurse Anesthetist. 


Dale Lawson Memorial Scholarship

Sophia Shafkalis — Rochester High School.  Sophia was a member of Student Government, the Freshman Mentoring Program and National Honors Society. In addition she played Volleyball and Lacrosse. Sophia is active in her church and a volunteer at Crittenton Hospital Medical Center. She wants to help people in a variety of ways and will be attending Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah to study Nutritional Science.


Eric J. Shook Memorial Scholarship

Lauren Dawn — Adams High School. She is a scholar athlete in cheerleading, diving and tennis. In addition, she was a freshman mentor, a member of Spanish Honors Society, a four year participant in the Science Olympiad and active in her church. Lauren says she is interested in helping her community by bestowing confidence in kids who need it most. She plans on attending Michigan State University to study television, radio and film.

Joanna VanRaaphorst Human Rights Scholarship

Kyle Mason — Adams High School.  Kyle is a member of National Honors Society and German National Honors Society, the Theatre Club and Adams High School Choir.  He has performed at Avon Players Community Theatre and Meadowbrook Theatre. A victim of cyberbullying in high school, he wants to help others who may have the same experience.  Kyle is going to study Musical Theatre – he just doesn’t know where yet!

Joshua E. Posner Memorial Art Scholarship

Megan McMurray — Rochester High.  She is a member of the Cheerleading and Lacrosse teams, National Art Society, Captains Club, Art Club and Yearbook and still finds time to be active in her church and volunteer for Grace Centers of Hope. As she looks toward her future, she sees her “love and passion for art as a driving force.” Megan will be studying Visual Arts Management at the University of Michigan.


The Karen Hyre Scholarship

Jahnavi Amam — Stoney Creek High School. Her school activities include Science Olympiad, Science National Honors Society and National Honors Society.  In addition she attended summer programs at the University of Michigan – “Introduction to Technology & Engineering” and “Summer College Engineering Exposure” and interned at Rochester Hills Medical Center. Jahnavi plans on studying Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan. 


Larry and Lucy Weting Scholarship

David Zachariah — Stoney Creek High School. He is a member of three National Honors Societies, Business Professionals of America, Model United Nations, Key Club and Chess Club.  Outside of school he plays Cricket is active in his church and plays Piano.  David says he wants to help others and try and brighten their day. He will be studying Finance this fall but he remains undecided as to where.


Marie Culpert Memorial Scholarship

Madison Payne — Rochester High School.  An athlete, she has participated in Cross Country, Track & Field and Soccer. She is a member of the Athletic Captain’s Club and a Scholar Athlete as well as a member of National Honors Society.  Almost all of her community service activities involve children so it should be no surprise that she plans on studying Elementary Education at Michigan State University.


Mark Reidinger Memorial Scholarship

Pedro Barbosa Machado — Adams High School.  Pedro says his parents taught him to look out for members of his community and those in need. While in school he participated in the International Young Physicians Tournament, Brazilian Biology Olympiads, Debate Club and Model United Nations.  Born in Brazil, he also lived in Argentina before landing in the United States in 2016.  Pedro is going to Michigan State University where he plans to study Biomedical Engineering.


Mary Ann Reidinger Scholarship

Safiyah Quraishi — Stoney Creek High School. Safiyah is a member of Key Club, National Honors Society, Model United Nations, UNICEF, Science National Honors Society and Earth Advocates.  She is active in both the Muslim Youth of Greater Rochester and the Michigan Muslim Youth Council.  Safiyah credits her grandmother with teaching her to always help the people around her and give back to her community.  She will be pursuing a degree in Biology at either Wayne State of Michigan State.

Michael Rittner — Adams High School. Captain of his hockey team, he is also a member of National Honors Society and a New Student Mentor, Freshman Mentor, and Student Body Sporting Event Leader. Michael says he learned from his father that “what determines your character is what you do when nobody’s watching.”  He is going to Michigan State University where he will study Business Finance.

Ashley Wiedbusch — Rochester High School.  Ashley is a member of National Honors Society and Spanish National Honors Society, is involved in Musical Theatre and Dance and is a regular volunteer at Soup Kitchens.  Ashley, who suffers from Migraines wants to study Nursing at Bowling Green State University so she can help others who suffer as she has.


Men’s Fund

Ninotchka Valdez — Rochester High School. Ninotchka is a member of National Honors Society, Health Occupations Students of America, a Senior Class Ambassador and Editor-in-Chief of the school Newspaper. She is active in her church and volunteer activities include Rainbow Connection and Neighborhood House. Ninotchka wants to aid those in need, believing it is her responsibility to help others as others have helped her. She will be studying Neuroscience at the University of Michigan.


Paul & Joanna VanRaaphorst Oakland University Scholarship

Sydney Lovalvo—Adams High School. She is in National Honors Society and Key Club, plays Varsity Tennis and is an editor for the Year Book. She is active in her church and works ten hours per week. Sydney says the most impactful lesson her dad taught her is perseverance. She had five surgeries last year while being a full-time student and athlete. She is attending Oakland University where she will study Pre-Med or Biology.


Pauline Schafer and Sue Vernia Scholarship

Mohana Thevakanthan — Adam’s High School. A member of Key Club and National Honors Society, she is also active in HOSA, Spanish Club and Photography/Art Club. Mohana says volunteering in her community allows her to unite people from various backgrounds to work towards a common goal. Her goal is to have a successful engineering career so she can support her special needs brother. She will be attending Wayne State University in the fall.


Pixley Family Scholarship

Delaney Herczeg. Her high school activities include Green Club, Rotary Interact, sports, National Honors Society and Spanish National Honors Society.  She is a tutor, volunteers at the Auburn Hills Cancer Walk and works as a babysitter.  Delaney says she is “truly a happy person that likes to share a smile with everyone.” She will be attending Michigan State in the fall where she plans on studying Human Biology.


Ray H. Lawson Scholarship

Roman Petrusha — Rochester High School. He is an athlete, a member of National Honors Society, a church volunteer and owns his own business. Cameron believes that a strong community brings people, ideas and help together and that “there is nothing more important than voicing your opinion on the needs, wants, and desire of fellow community members.  Roman will be studying Agribusiness at Michigan State University.


Rochelle Cole Memorial Scholarship

Fay Steiger — Adams High School.  Fay is a figure skater, involved in Theater, Freshman Mentoring, Vocal Music, National Honors Society and German Honors Society.  She is active in her church and served on Mission Trips.  Fay says her wish is to create peace and contentment for those she touches and in turn, herself. Fay plans on studying Psychology she just hasn’t decided where yet.


Rochester Garden Club Scholarship

Therese Constantini — Adams High School. During high school, she was active in Marching Band, National Honors Society, Spanish National Honors Society, Students Giving Back and Science Olympiad.  In her essay, she writes that her “goal is to use scientific techniques to decrease the harm humanity wreaks on our planet.” Not surprisingly, she plans on studying Environmental Science at Michigan State University.


Rochester Hills Lions Club Scholarship

Louis Eble — Adams High School. Louis is a prolific athlete, having been on the cross country, track and wresting teams throughout high school. Louis, who is deaf in one ear, credits his dad with helping him to understand that everyone has flaws. He wants to help disabled children understand that “they can overcome anything they are willing to take on.” He plans on studying Environmental Science or Zoology at Michigan State University.


Rochester Jaycees Scholarship

Alexandria Bosanac — Stoney Creek High School.  While in school, Alexandria was active in Spanish Club, Spanish National Honors Society, National Business Honors Society, National Technical Honors Society and Business Professional of America while studying dance and piano.  She credits her mother as shaping her into the person she is today.  Alexandria is planning on majoring in Business at Michigan State University.


Rochester Junior Woman’s Club Scholarship

Annemarie Frye — Stoney Creek High School. Annemarie says she has a “genuine passion for performing music while possessing the spirit of giving and inspiring others through” her music. School participation includes soccer and National Honors Society. In addition she has volunteered at her church, the OPC and with Para-Olympics. Annemarie will be pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Music at Oakland University.

Noelle McNamara — Stoney Creek High School.  A member of three National Honors Societies and Key Club, Noelle is also a cheerleader and swimmer. Her volunteer activities include building houses in Africa and Nicaragua through Buildon from which she learned that there is no right or wrong way to live. Noelle has not decided where yet, but she plans on studying International Relations.


Rochester Lions Club – Todd Minbiole Scholarship

Christopher Streng — Adams High School. Christopher is a member of Debate, DECA, National Honors Society, the Mentor Program, Spanish Honors Society, Science Olympiad, Key Club and Chem Club. He has volunteered at both Gleaners Food Bank and Kids Against Hunger.  He plans to study Spanish and Accounting at the University of Michigan.


Rochester Soccer Club Scholarship

Robert Orstander — Adams High School.  His activities, besides 10 years of soccer, include Key Club, Mentor Program, Ping Pong Club and Track.  Robert uses soccer as a way to reach out to kids with special needs. He participates in the TOPSoccer program which provides special needs children an hour of one on one coaching with a soccer player.  Robert is planning to study marketing and advertising. He remains undecided where he will be attending college this fall.

Sophia Postma — Adams High. She is a Scholar Athlete in Soccer, a member of the National Honors Society, Interact Club and a Freshman Mentor. Sophia volunteers with Bound Together, an organization that provides tutoring services and art classes to children. Through her volunteer work, she has learned how “to be a selfless person, and to never take anything for granted.” She plans to study Pharmacy at Purdue University.

Sarah Williston — Avondale High School.  Sarah is an avid Soccer Player. In addition, she runs Cross Country, is active in her Church and Youth Group and has been on two Mission trips.  Sarah says her father taught her that the most important aspect of school is expanding your mind.  She will be attending Oakland University in the fall where she plans on studying Biology and Environmental Studies.

Harrison Catlin — Rochester High School.  Harrison is a soccer enthusiast, having played Club Soccer and Super Y Soccer.  In addition, he is a member of National Honors Society, Senior Ambassadors, the Green Club and is active in his church.  Harrison credits his brother Ben for his devotion to academics. He will be majoring in Finance in the fall but he remains undecided where that will be.

Andrea Cota Avila — Rochester High School. In addition to playing soccer, Andrea served on Student Council and is a member of National Honors Society, Social Studies Honors Society and Mentor Team, all while working. She strives to be like her grandfather: smart, kind and motivated. Andrea plans on majoring in Global Studies; she is still undecided as to where.

Anthony Mrocko — Stoney Creek High School.  He is a member of National Honors Society, Student Council and Key Club, and plays both high school and club soccer. A diabetic, Anthony says he has realized that being different has helped shape who he is and that he wants to help people overcome adversity due to medical conditions. He is undecided where he will be attending college in the fall but he plans to study Kinesiology.

Emily Solek — Stoney Creek High School. In addition to playing Varsity Soccer, Emily is a youth soccer coach, member of five National Honors Societies, Business Professionals of America, Key Club and Build On. Her community service includes Waltonwood Senior Living and tutoring Pontiac students.  Emily says she aspires to be a champion for others. In the fall she plans to attend the University of Michigan and study Business, Marketing and Advertising. 


Sharon K. Postnieks

Hunter Smith — Adams High School.  He is an Eagle Scout, has a purple belt in Taekwondo and is a fencing coach. He is also a member of the German National Honors Society and a DECA state finalist.  Hunter says because of challenges in his own family, he has worked to help other families. He plans on attending Michigan State University to study Computer Science.


Tim Crawford Insurance Company Scholarship

Alexander Mack — Stoney Creek High School. He is the co-founder of his school’s Astronomy Club and active in his church. Alexander is a long-time member of the Boy Scouts and an Eagle Scout and says he plans to stay involved with the program as an adult leader and participate in the many activities Scouts do to support the Community. He will be studying Business Administration at Michigan State University.


Trustee’s Scholarship

Rose-Carmel Goddard — Oakland Christian School. Rose-Carmel maintained a full schedule while in high school. Her activities include National Honors Society, Concert Band and three Varsity sports. She volunteered at her church, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Gleaner’s Food Bank and Forgotten Harvest. All while working a part-time job. Rose-Carmel credits an orthopedic surgeon and Physical Therapist for her decision to work in the medical field. She is planning to study Movement Science or Biology at University of Michigan.


Willamena Ribbink Memorial Scholarship

Cameron Page — Rochester High School. Cameron has played in 4 different high school bands, plays with the Oakland Youth Orchestra and Oakland University Clarinet Ensemble, is a member of National Social Studies Honors Society, a football player and an Eagle Scout. He plans on studying Music Education at Central Michigan University so that he can “spread the love of music throughout the local, national and international community.”


William R. Vallow Memorial Scholarship

Jack Lovalvo — Adams High School. His high school activities include DECA, National Honors Society, staff Writer for the School Newspaper and two varsity sports.  He is active in his church and volunteers at food banks. Jack credits his dad, an Adams High School English teacher, with motivating him to reach any goal he sets.  Jack will be studying Communications at Oakland University.


Women’s Fund

Gabrielle Sinacola — Stoney Creek High School. A member of 4 National Honors Societies, Gabrielle was also active in Business Professionals of America, Michigan PTA Reflections, Freshman Mentoring and played Basketball.  She has volunteered at the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries and the Older Person’s Commission. Gabrielle says that as the second oldest of six children she has learned the difference between a need and a want. She will be studying Business Management and Computer Science at either the University of Michigan or University of Southern California.


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