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Two Roseville High School students receive prestigious scholarships

By: Bria Brown | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published January 31, 2018

 Roseville High School senior Alyssa Rogers, 17, earned admission to the Wayne State University Med-Direct program and hopes to work in emergency medicine.

Roseville High School senior Alyssa Rogers, 17, earned admission to the Wayne State University Med-Direct program and hopes to work in emergency medicine.

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 Roseville High School senior Christian Jackson, 17, was one of 24 Michigan recipients of the Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship. The scholarship will cover full tuition and housing, valued at more than $80,000 over four years of college.

Roseville High School senior Christian Jackson, 17, was one of 24 Michigan recipients of the Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship. The scholarship will cover full tuition and housing, valued at more than $80,000 over four years of college.

Photo provided by Christian Jackson

ROSEVILLE — Roseville High School seniors Alyssa Rogers and Christian Jackson are winners of prestigious scholarships.

Rogers, 17, was accepted into Wayne State University’s Med-Direct program, which guarantees admission to Wayne State’s School of Medicine and Irvin D. Reid Honors College, and which gives her four years of paid undergraduate tuition; School of Medicine tuition; and undergraduate room and board costs in university housing. 

Rogers volunteers at St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital in Warren, and she said she’s always been interested in medicine. 

“I was excited when I first got the news, and I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity,” said Rogers. 

Rogers said the different classes and teachers she has had have prepared her for her future. 

“(RHS) had classes that prepared me, like biology, anatomy and physiology. It really showed me this is what I love and what I wanted to go into,” she said. “Teachers like Mrs. Jordan, Mr. Wheeler, Mr. Smitka and Mrs. Schmalenberg are some of the teachers that helped me through this process.”  

After completing the program, Rogers hopes to work in emergency medicine.  

“I think it’s really admirable that emergency physicians have so much broad knowledge, and that they can work so quickly and so efficiently,” said Rogers. 

Rogers said that out of 400 applicants, 26 were interviewed. 

“It wasn’t that intimidating. (The deans) really make you feel like it is a casual conversation, and they just want to get to know you. They didn’t want to intimidate me or make me nervous,” said Rogers.  

Rogers will have the ability to participate in summer enrichment courses, workshops and hands-on clinical training in the School of Medicine. She’ll also receive free Medical College Admission Test preparation and Graduate Record Examination preparation.

Jackson, 17, found out at the beginning of January that he earned the Chick Evans Scholarship. 

The full tuition and housing scholarship for golf caddies is valued at more than $80,000 over four years, according to a press release. To qualify for the Chick Evans Scholarship, a student must be “nominated by a golf club official, have at least two years of outstanding caddying service, possess an excellent high school academic record, and needs to demonstrate significant financial need,” the release stated.   

“I was very excited and thrilled. I couldn’t wait to tell my family and friends I received a full ride to Michigan State (University). When I told my family, they were very excited and happy I got the scholarship,” said Jackson. 

Jackson said he was leaning toward attending MSU, but he was undecided for the most part. 

Jackson just made the scholarship’s two-year caddying requirement, since he started caddying at the Country Club of Detroit during the summer of 2016.   

“Two years ago, I found out (RHS graduate Elijah Davis) had received the same scholarship as me, and I asked him how he got the scholarship, and he told me. I was able to then network and make different connections at the country club,” said Jackson.  

Jackson credits Kevin McMahon, of the Western Golf Association, for helping him with his application.   

“I was able to meet him my first year caddying. My caddy master at the time asked me if I was interested in the scholarship. I got his number and contact information, and I asked him about different things I should be doing for my application,” said Jackson. 

“Mrs. Jordan, Mr. Mattison — who was an Evans scholar alumnus — and my counselor, Ms. Coppola, were teachers who went out of their way to help me also,” he added. 

Jackson plans to study business or political science before moving on to law school. 

“I want to eventually become a civil rights attorney,” he said.

Roseville High School Principal Pat Adams said the school is proud of the students.

“We are incredibly excited and proud of the accomplishments of Alyssa and Christian. To earn their respective scholarships is not only a monumental feat, but makes them elite among all high school students in the state of Michigan. Look for them to do great things,” Adams stated in a press release Jan. 23.