Eisenhower senior receives Friends of Macomb Township scholarship

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published May 27, 2021

 Lucia Mancini

Lucia Mancini

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On May 16, six Macomb Township senior high school students were chosen as scholarship winners of the Friends of Macomb Township scholarship. Each student was notified that they had been chosen to receive a $1,000 scholarship toward their educational futures.

Lucia Mancini, of Macomb Township, who is a senior from Eisenhower High School, was one of the winners and will receive the $1,000 scholarship for educational expenses at the college or university of her choice for the 2021-22 school year at an evening presentation June 3. She was chosen from among 36 applications.

The Friends of Macomb Township was created as a nonprofit charitable organization in 2004 by a group of Macomb Township residents and community, civic and business leaders.

Mancini plans to use the scholarship toward her educational expenses attending the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor for biomedical engineering. She said she was so happy to have been chosen to receive the scholarship.

“I am overjoyed to have received that $1,000 Friends of Macomb Scholarship this year. This award is truly a testament to the hard work and dedication I have utilized throughout my high school career. This work ethic has allowed me to receive high honors within my own school and community, as well as acceptance to the University of Michigan,” she said via email.

She said she found out that she had been chosen the week of May 9. She said she didn’t think she would be chosen, but she is so grateful that she was.

“I did not think I was guaranteed to be a recipient, since there are so many other hardworking and talented students across Macomb Township that applied to this scholarship. However, it feels amazing to have been selected as one of the winners for this year,” she said.

She said knowing she was chosen really made her hard work feel worth it.

“Winning this scholarship had helped boost my confidence in paying off my college tuition beginning next year. College has become extremely expensive in recent years for students across the nation, so I hope to work as hard as I can to prevent cost from being a burden on myself and my family. I plan on studying biomedical engineering at the University of Michigan this fall and hope to eventually pursue a job in designing prosthetics or developing vaccines in the future,” she said.

She said she is eager to begin studying at the University of Michigan for biomedical engineering.

“I intend on working toward ameliorating the lives of thousands troubled by health conditions through the generation of medical devices. I aim to take part in copious research opportunities revolving around the neural engineering aspect of biomedical engineering at U of M, specifically focusing on neurostimulation to be applied towards creating prosthetics and restoring movement to patients suffering a variety of ailments such as Parkinson’s. I plan to use my new outlook by serving as an example to females across the globe that nonconformity is a blessing, a virtue that provides richness and confidence within one’s life, which can be achieved when pursuing your true dreams,” she said.

Gary Cynowa, Friends of Macomb Township Scholarship Chair, said Friends of Macomb Township was happy to receive 38 excellent, valid applications from Macomb Township students.

“It made our judges’ job quite difficult in determining the best six from so many good ones. It took the month of April for them to read and evaluate all of the applications. We feel confident and grateful that the future of our community and this state will be in the hands of such capable young people,” he said via email.

He said the Friends believe that all of the applicants are academic achievers and highly qualified to receive one of the scholarships, but unfortunately the Friends only have six available.  

“We would like to give more because all of these applicants have skills and contributions to be successful and help build a better world,” he said.

He said they have five experienced judges who rank all of the applicants independently.  

He said Mancini was chosen for a few main reasons.

“I believe Lucia may have been selected because she exhibited growth in leadership potential, had a strong sense of giving back to others, and felt an obligation to set a good example for girls/women in STEM and life in general. However, you would have to ask each judge why he/she made her a higher selection,” he said.

He said they are naturally impressed by students who make use of what they have learned and demonstrated in a variety of life experiences and activities.

He also said they do require a personal essay in which students have an opportunity to describe themselves and things that they are passionate about and have learned to excel at.

“Lucia also demonstrated a sense of humor and gratitude for what and from whom she learned many things, along with an appreciation for diversity and inclusion,” he said.

Friends of Macomb Township President Kerry Jantz said the Friends of Macomb Township Board is proud of the quality of the six winners and the other 32 who entered but did not receive a scholarship.

Jantz also said the Friends of Macomb Township are happy to be a part of making a difference in Macomb Township students’ educational goals and is open to those who want to join.

“Friends of Macomb Township, A Community Foundation is a wonderful organization open to those who want to make a really positive difference in the quality of life in Macomb Township for students like our scholarship winners and the community as a whole through a variety of special projects. Please contact me if you are interested in our volunteer efforts.”

To find out more about the foundation or to become a volunteer or a sponsor, email kjantz@parkwaychristian.org or by phone at (586) 610-3511.

For information about the annual scholarship program, call (586) 291-0399 or e-mail gcynowa@comcast.net.