Friends of Macomb Township member Wayne Oehmke and Alexis Bruno from Eisenhower High School seen June 3. Bruno is one of six $1,000 scholarship recipients.

Friends of Macomb Township member Wayne Oehmke and Alexis Bruno from Eisenhower High School seen June 3. Bruno is one of six $1,000 scholarship recipients.

Photo provided by Friends of Macomb Township


Scholarships awarded to Macomb Township students

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published June 9, 2021

 Nathaniel Lyons, center, pictured with his parents John and Sian. Lyons is a recent Dakota High School graduate and scholarship recipient.

Nathaniel Lyons, center, pictured with his parents John and Sian. Lyons is a recent Dakota High School graduate and scholarship recipient.

Photo provided by Friends of Macomb Township

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Six Macomb Township teenagers now have some extra funds to use as they head to college.

On June 3, a scholarship presentation was held by the Friends of Macomb Township at the Macomb Township Recreation Center and Hauss-Modetz Funeral Home.

The $1,000 scholarship recipients, all of whom recently graduated, are Nathaniel Lyons and Taylor Burnham from Dakota High School; Alexis Bruno, Angelina Ilijevski and Lucia Mancini from Eisenhower High School; and Cooper Carlin from Macomb Lutheran North.

The scholarship is for educational expenses at the college or university of their choice for the 2021-2022 school year.  

Friends of Macomb Township Scholarship Committee Chairperson Gary Cynowa said 38 applications were received, making the judge’s job quite difficult in determining the best six students.

“It took the month of April for them to read and evaluate all of the applications,” he said. “We feel confident and grateful that the future of our community and this state will be in the hands of such capable young people.”

Among other materials, each applicant had to submit transcripts, two letters of recommendation, a list of extracurricular activities, their work experience, and an essay.

“They had to describe themselves, their personal and career goals, and what lessons/values they’ve learned from their education and life experiences to date,” Cynowa said.

Carlin’s essay included that it’s been a lifelong dream to attend Michigan State University, while at the same time, aspiring to serve his country. He applied to the university’s Army ROTC program.

“Between my sawmill experiences, working in the Dominican Republic to helping Habitat for Humanity, I realized I would be best suited as majoring in construction management at MSU,” he wrote.

In Bruno’s essay, she writes that family and sports have made her into who she is today.

“I am a very competitive but compassionate person — both qualities that family and sports have taught me,” she writes.

Bruno will attend Saginaw Valley State University in the fall to become a physician assistant.  

“Ever since I began high school, I was intrigued by sports medicine,” she wrote. “I loved the idea of being able to help others and be a reason as to why they stay healthy.”

Businesses including Lombardo Homes, Weingartz and Hauss-Modetz Funeral Home, contributed to make the scholarships possible.  

The review committee consisted of Cynowa, Gloria Cynowa, Margaret DeMuynck, Gary Fifield, Gary Maatta and Judge Douglas Shepherd.

Last year, FofMT did not hold an in-person presentation due to the emerging pandemic.

FofMT was established in 2004 as a nonprofit charitable organization by a group of Macomb Township citizens and community civic and business leaders. It derives its financial support from individual, business and group contributions.

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