Utica High School student receives $2,500 scholarship

By: Kara Szymanski | C&G Newspapers | Published May 28, 2021

 Alec Cousino

Alec Cousino

SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA/STERLING HEIGHTS — A Utica High School student was chosen to receive a $2,500 scholarship May 3 from Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union.

“I was very excited to receive such a competitive and generous scholarship. It felt great knowing that my college tuition would be lessened,” said Alec Cousino, of Ray Township, who attends Utica High School. He said he heard about the scholarship when his parents sent him an email that they had received from MSGCU.

Cousino said he plans to attend Lawrence Technological University to study mechanical engineering.

“I will be using the scholarship to go towards my first year of schooling at LTU. It will cover a decent chunk of my remaining tuition fees for the year,” he said.

He said that receiving the scholarship makes him want to achieve his goals even more.

“Knowing that I was picked for this scholarship based on my merit and grit really inspires me to keep applying myself to everything that I do,” he said.

Ann Jones, vice president of marketing and business development, said MSGCU received more than 330 submissions this year. Picking the winners was difficult, she said, especially in a school year disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

She said that Cousino, like other honorees, was chosen for the Educational Solutions Scholarship because of his dedication to continuing education, commitment to his community and hard work throughout his high school career.     

“Alec exemplifies leadership skills through many clubs and nonprofit organizations — he is the vice president of communications with FIRST Robotics. We wish Alec many years of success in his educational journey at Lawrence Technological University while he studies engineering,” she said.

The Educational Solutions Scholarship is designed for high school seniors planning to attend a two- or four-year college or university.

MSGCU awarded scholarships to 27 students and four educators this year. The scholarship honorees come from 22 high schools and four colleges.

Visit msgcuscholarships.org to learn more about the MSGCU scholarship program.