Shiawassee Community Foundation 2024 Scholarship Awards Night

The Shiawassee Community Foundation recently hosted its Scholarship Awards Night at the Owosso High School Auditorium on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, commemorating five decades of impactful giving within our community. This milestone event brought together nearly 300 guests to honor the achievements of our outstanding local students and celebrate the Foundation’s 50-year legacy of support.

The evening was a testament to the Foundation’s commitment to education and community stewardship. A total of 155 scholarships, generously funded from 83 different funds, were awarded, amounting to over $184,000 in financial assistance. These scholarships benefitted deserving students from 12 school districts across Shiawassee County. Each recipient demonstrated exceptional academic performance and a strong dedication to community service.

Benjamin Frederick, Associate Vice President of Advocacy and Government Relations at Memorial Healthcare, delivered the keynote speech. Mr. Frederick emphasized the pivotal role of community engagement and commended the seniors for their potential to make positive impacts within Shiawassee County and beyond.

A highlight of the evening was the inaugural presentation of the “Community Cares” award, bestowed upon Dutch and Rita Bouwman for their outstanding 15-year commitment to the Youth Advisory Council. This award recognizes their significant contributions to nurturing young leaders in our community.

Following the awards ceremony, attendees enjoyed a special commemorative video showcasing the Shiawassee Community Foundation’s enduring impact over the past half-century. It was a powerful reminder of how philanthropy can transform lives and strengthen our community.

Following the awards ceremony, attendees enjoyed a special commemorative video showcasing the Shiawassee Community Foundation’s enduring impact over the past half-century. It was a powerful reminder of how philanthropy can transform lives and strengthen our community.

The success of this event was made possible by the dedication of the Foundation’s board, staff, and Youth Advisory Council, along with the generous support of event sponsors, including Young Chevrolet Cadillac Buick GMC, Horizon Bank, Andrews Hooper Pavlik PLC, DayStarr Communication, Huntington Bank, Memorial Healthcare, and Zaleski Law Firm.

As the Foundation looks forward to the future, we invite everyone to join us in congratulating all the scholarship recipients for 2024. Their accomplishments inspire us and reinforce the importance of investing in our youth. If you’re interested in supporting the Shiawassee Community Foundation’s mission, visit to learn more about volunteering or making a donation. Remember, you don’t need a million dollars to give back—just dedication and commitment. Together, we can all be philanthropists.

Let’s continue to celebrate and support the bright futures of our students and the enduring impact of the Shiawassee Community Foundation!

Please join the Shiawassee Community Foundation in congratulating all the scholarship recipients for 2024! They are listed below:

Alexander Women’s Scholarship Fund

Jadyn Spaleny

Karl F. and Ziritha H. (Lowers) Allert Memorial Scholarship Fund

Jeana Travis

Bancroft Lions Club John Wright Memorial Scholarship Fund

Gabrielle Koehler

Nancy Ruth Patenge Beyer Memorial Scholarship Fund

Elijah Whiteside         Rebekah Starr

Dr. Bhaskaran Memorial Scholarship

Elizabeth Rood

Elsie Blair and Suzanne Blair Anderson Memorial Scholarship

Zoie Brandt

Olive Blanner Scholarship

Quinn Skarich             Tyler Hufnagel

Brittany Buchholz Memorial Scholarship Fund

Quinn Skarich             Kenzee DeFrenn        Jaidyn Sadler

Byron Community Scholarship Fund

Allissa Ash                 Baylie Villani             Violet Schmidt

Byron Community Scholarship – Chase

Allissa Ash

Byron Community Scholarship – Duncanson

Desirae Young            Thomas Harris

PFC Shane W. Cantu Memorial Scholarship Fund

Kylee Matznick          Madelyn Wright

Emily Chapman Memorial Scholarship Fund

Emma Warren             Julia Burk                    Mackenzie Pancheck

Philip and Inez Colton Memorial Scholarship Fund

Isabelle Cooper

Phyllis L. and Alton D. Crandell Memorial Scholarship Fund

Haley Munson

Karen K. Dasen Memorial Scholarship Fund

Lillia Reid

Rollin V. Dasen Memorial Scholarship Fund

Elizabeth White

Norman L. and Marcella C. DesJardins Memorial Scholarship Fund

Madison Salander Olivia Savage

Margaret E. Dittenber Memorial Scholarship Fund

Amelia Freehling

Shana Lynne Dumond Memorial Scholarship Fund

Allyson LaMay           Madelyn Miller           Rorie Babcock

Durand Lions Club Scholarship Fund

Marcus Johnston

Durand Rotary Club Scholarship Fund

Madeline Bias

Shelli (Bowles) Edgington Memorial Scholarship Fund

Lillia Reid

Alford and Alice Emmert Scholarship Fund

Cassie Stone                Mason Struck              Lindsey Wendling

Don and Becky Galloway Scholarship Fund

Olivia Krejci               Colton Symons           Hayley Lademann       Calena Stevens

Cheryl Gapinski Memorial Scholarship Fund

Zoie Brandt

The GFWC Owosso Woman’s Club Scholarship Fund

Kaitlyn Kingsbury

Cyril C. and Ella M. Gregoricka Scholarship Fund- Agriculture Scholarship

Gabrielle Koehler

Cyril C. and Ella M. Gregoricka Scholarship Fund- Environmental Scholarship

Bryce Kuchar

Phyllis Lundie Gruver Memorial Scholarship Fund

Megan Dear-Marme               Kaydence Cooper

Harold J. Haas Memorial Scholarship Fund

Madelyn Miller

Coach Tom Harkema Athletic Scholarship Fund

Ryan Dahl                   Tegan Passinault                     Libby Summerland                Skotti Ball-Duley

Ellane I. Hogan Memorial Scholarship Fund

Abigail Harrison

C.S. Hood Memorial Scholarship Fund

Elizabeth Poirier         Madeline Bias            Maryn Kisser             Madeline Eustace

Baylie Villani             Emma Hawkins          Sydney Leydig             Hannah Sebenick

Meghan Morrow

Cheryl L. Hrcka Memorial Scholarship Fund

Sara Dammann           Kaitlyn Kingsbury      Kayla Brunner

Harold V. and Ima B. Johns Memorial Scholarship Fund

Rorie Babcock

Donald A. Knieper Memorial Scholarship Fund

Colton Symons           Allie Richardson

Knights of Columbus St. Mary Council 7955 Scholarship

Bradyn Kleimola

Knights of Columbus St. Mary Council 7955 Scholarship – Dr. Jean and Peter Sloan Memorial Scholarship

Gina O’Brien

Kris Marie Kulhanek Memorial Fund

Emma Challender       Sara Dammann

LaJoye-Shenk Scholarship Fund

Paige McPherson

Walter E. Lawrence Jr. Cross Country/Track Memorial Fund

Joe Marcotte

Jackie Leone Memorial Scholarship Fund

Katlyn Cunningham

Jill Malzahn Health Fund

Raegan Taylor            Jeana Travis

Dr. Mark Miller Memorial Scholarship Fund

Logan Vowell                         Jorja Napier

Eugene and Joyce Moiles Memorial Scholarship Fund

Evan Livingston

Vicki Joan Musser Fund

Olivia Krejci   Lauren Gaskin

JoAnn (Butcher) Nelson Memorial Scholarship Fund

Braden Andrejack       Brevin Boilore

New Lothrop Schools Endowment Fund

Liliana Bruff

Nathan Nover Memorial Scholarship Fund

Ethan Brunner

Nover Owosso High School Sparkplug Award Fund

Hayden Smith

Martin and Leona O’Brien Scholarship Fund

Brock Holek

Owosso Education Association’s Mary E. Harper Scholarship Fund

Allyson LaMay           Elijah Whiteside         Tyler Dewley             Zane Elkins

Owosso High School Leadership Scholarship Fund

Sydney Wing

Andrew Osika Endowed Agricultural Scholarship Fund

Emma Challender

Paul Penjaska Family Scholarship Fund

Alexis Bruff                Emma Warren             Ellie Feldpausch             Ashlee Napier             Jillian Klaver Delaney Gross             Emma Johnson            Emma Bishop             Jaedyn Kline               Makayla Lienau  Anya Wasilenski    Emily Daley                Savanah Hewitt           Taylor Munro              Quentin Goodwill Blake Princinsky    Taylor Muzer              Madeline Eustace             Karissa Potter

Shirley (1936) and Joseph Poirier Scholarship Fund

Camden Yerrick          Rajvinder Kaur

Kyler Raffaelli Memorial Scholarship Fund

Brayden Bukovick      Alex Rust

David A. Reed Agricultural Fund

Allison Zdunic

Evan James Reed Memorial Scholarship Fund

Klara Mulcahy

Andrew Rehmann Memorial Fund

Kaitlyn Kingsbury

Owen A. and D. Arlene Rood Journalism Scholarship Fund

Katlyn Cunningham

Erwin Ryckman Scholarship Fund

Braeden Tokar

Bill and Kay Scarlett Family Memorial Scholarship Fund

Rian Kirby

Margaret Scoutten and Raymond O. Nash Memorial Scholarship Fund

Brynn Wilson              Jaylei Kramer

Ronald K. Seelhoff Memorial Scholarship Fund

Madison Salander                   Emma Johnson

Shiawassee County Bar Association’s Patricia Carmody Memorial Scholarship

Madelyn Wright

Joseph T. Sierzenga, III Memorial Scholarship Fund

Madelyn Wright

Robert G. Skinner Memorial Scholarship Fund

Mason Stark

Stephen and Pauline Smith Family Scholarship Fund

Sydney Spaulding                  Emma Hawkins                      Noah Fryer

John and Joan Spindler Family Scholarship Fund In Memory of John, Jennifer & Jeri Spindler

Elizabeth White

Devin Allen Swatman Memorial Scholarship Fund

Robbyn Walters Alex Rust Gavin Holmes

Roger and Marian Talbot Family Scholarship Fund

Claire Chrisinske

Irene Turk Memorial Scholarship Fund

Maryn Kisser

Iris (Turk) Lott Memorial Scholarship Fund

Isabelle Cooper

Brad A. VanPelt Memorial Scholarship Fund

Olivia Shell                 Paul Hrncharik IV                   Ella Haddix

Carson James Vincent Memorial Fund

Braeden Tokar

Troy A. Vincke Memorial Scholarship Fund

Colton Symons           Klara Mulcahy

Carl E. Voorhies & Kathryn D. Voorhies Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund

Kierra Conlen

Mary Bea deBoom Wasper Scholarship Fund

Zoie Brandt

Carl R. Woodbury Memorial Scholarship Fund

Evan Livingston          Wyatt Shetter

Kevin A. Zmitko Agricultural Scholarship Fund

Brock Holek                Gabrielle Koehler

Zonta Club of Owosso Scholarship Fund

Tatiana Vyshegorodtsev