The Friends of Macomb Township group recently awarded high school graduates of Macomb Township a $1,000 scholarship at a June 7 reception. Pictured, board members pose with scholarship recipients Samantha Radman, left, Kendall Carlin, Hannah Lerner and Lauren Bobowski. Additional recipients not pictured are Katelynn Paluch and Angelina Vita.

The Friends of Macomb Township group recently awarded high school graduates of Macomb Township a $1,000 scholarship at a June 7 reception. Pictured, board members pose with scholarship recipients Samantha Radman, left, Kendall Carlin, Hannah Lerner and Lauren Bobowski. Additional recipients not pictured are Katelynn Paluch and Angelina Vita.

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Friends of Macomb Township awards $1,000 scholarships

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published June 12, 2019

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Several Macomb Township students now have extra spending money for college expenses.

Friends of Macomb Township awarded six recent high school graduates a $1,000 scholarship for educational expenses at the college or university of their choice for the 2019-2020 school year.

Scholarship checks were presented by the group at a reception for family and friends at the Macomb Township Parks and Recreation Center June 7.

Recipients are Lauren Bobowski and Hannah Lerner, of Dakota High School; Katelynn Paluch, of the Utica Academy for International Studies; Kendall Carlin, of Macomb Lutheran North; Samantha Radman, of the International Academy of Macomb; and Angelina Vita, of L’Anse Creuse High School North.

Carlin, 18, will attend Michigan State University as part of the honors college. Her plan is to major in finance.

“I plan on using the money toward books and all of the other little expenses because it all adds up,” she said. “I was very excited and grateful when I found out because I knew it was a big competition. There were so many other deserving people.”

Friends of Macomb Township Scholarship Committee Chairperson Gary Cynowa said the scholarship committee was thrilled to receive 62 applications from Macomb Township students.

“It made our judges’ job quite difficult in determining the best six from so many good ones, he said. “It took more than a month 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.”

The scholarship application required high schoolers to obtain a couple letters of recommendation and write an essay on how Macomb County has shaped their education.

Bobowski will attend Harvard University. Lerner will attend the University of Detroit Mercy. Paluch will attend Hope College. Radman and Vita will attend the University of Michigan.       

Friends of Macomb Township, originally known as the Macomb Township Community Foundation, was created as a non-profit charitable organization in 2004 by a group of Macomb Township citizens and community civic and business leaders.

“The Friends of Macomb Township Board is very proud of the quality of the six winners and the other 56 who also entered but did not receive a scholarship,” Friends of Macomb Township President Ralph Koss said. “We really appreciate our sponsors from the business community for their generous contributions to help make these scholarships possible.”

Koss thanked the scholarship review committee chaired by Gary Cynowa and consisting of Caren Cammarata, Margaret DeMuynck, Gary Fifield, Gary Maatta, and Judge Douglas Shepherd for its dedication and enthusiasm during the entire application and selection process.

The organization derives its financial support from individual, business and group contributions and events such as its annual golf outing.

“Friends of Macomb Township is a wonderful organization open to those who want to make a really positive difference in the quality of life in Macomb Township,” Koss said.

This year’s golf outing is Aug. 26 at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Macomb Township.

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