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Scholarship Award Recipients

Click on a bold entry for that person's "where are they now" update. You may also just scroll down to see all the updates.

Len Blewett Award

Year Award Winner

School

Award

2000 Amanda Gray  

BCHS

 

$600.00

2001   Michael Olsen  

BCHS

 

$600.00

2002   Michael Nelson  

BCHS

 

$1,000.00

    Jennifer Link  

BCHS

  $1,000.00
2003   Lindsey Stow  

BCHS

  $1,000.00
    Mariah Call  

BCHS

  $1,000.00
2004   Lauren Michalak  

BCHS

  $1,000.00
2005   Caitlin Lorenc  

BCHS

  $1,000.00
2006   Kasha Mansfield-Skurski  

BCHS

  $1,000.00
2007   Lauren Gray  

BCHS

  $1,500.00
2008   Crystal Alton  

BCHS

  $1,500.00
2009   Lucie Salyer  

BCHS

  $1,500.00
2010   Shelby Huffman  

BCHS

  $1,500.00
2011   Bethany Kinnan  

BCHS

  $1,500.00
2012   Nathan Hejl  

BCHS

  $1,500.00
2014   Orion Mackin  

BCHS

  $1,500.00
2015   Elizabeth Thaxton *  

BCHS

  $1,500.00
2016   Nathan Hejl  

MSU

 

$650

2016   Orion Mackin  

MSU

 

$650

2017   Autumn DeRidder  

BCHS

  $1,900.00
* Award not utilized
             
Donald W. Nugent Award

Year   Award Winner  

School

 

Award

2011   Hannah Fallowfield  

BCHS

  $1,000.00
2012   Erin Thompson  

BCHS

  $1,000.00
2013   Mark Gomulinski  

BCHS

  $1,500.00
2014   Crystal Hettinger  

BCHS

  $1,500.00
2015   Madison O’Connor  

BCHS

 

$1,500.00
2016   Mark Gomulinski  

MSU

 

$650

2016   Madison O'Connor  

MSU

 

$650

2017   Joseph Johnston  

BCHS

  $1,900.00
             
Terry Herban Award

Year   Award Winner  

School

 

Award

2004   Chad Marshall  

FEHS

  $1,000.00
2005   Frances Goodson  

FEHS

  $1,000.00
2006   Janna Frantz  

FEHS

  $1,000.00
2007   Zachary Bissell  

FEHS

  $1,500.00
2008   Andrea Nelson  

FEHS

  $1,500.00
2009   Scott Tousley  

FEHS

  $1,500.00
2010   Dakota Chase **  

FEHS

  $1,500.00
2011   Emily Gray  

FEHS

  $1,500.00
2012   Zachary Terwilliger  

FEHS

  $1,500.00
2013   Kristin Smeltzer  

FEHS

  $1,500.00
2014   Maren O’Connor  

BCHS

  $1,500.00
2015   Shayla Soto  

FEHS

  $1,500.00
2016   Kristen Smeltzer  

MSU

 

$650

2016   Maren O'Connor  

MSU

 

$650

2016   Shayla Soto  

MSU

 

$650

2017   Chelsey Ely  

FEHS

  $1,900.00
** $750 utilized

Total scholarships awarded from 2000 through 2017: $53,250


"Where Are They Now" updates

Hannah FallowField (Nugent, 2011) is graduating this semester and is interviewing for jobs. She has had several successful interviews, including second interviews in the agriculture field. She is excited to graduate and move on to the next phase of her life. (Last updated: 2015)

Mark Gomulinski (Herban, 2013) ““I'm currently suffering from ohmygodcollegeisalmostoveritis and poison ivy. Thankfully the poison ivy is almost over..... I've joined the "Expertise Lab". I'm working eight hours a week watching people suffer through the lab's "Unravel" program. I try to keep their spirits up if I can…Otherwise it's more of the same. I'm in neuroscience club and still living on campus. I got a freshman roommate so I'm acclimating him to college life. Oh, and I'm also duel majoring in Neuroscience and Psychology, with a minor in cognitive science. I found out last year I could add them with a couple extra classes so that's pretty cool.” (Last updated: 2016)

Emily Gray (Herban, 2011 ) tells us she is graduating this semester with a degree in Learning Disabilities, elementary education, and Language Arts. During the 2015-2016 school year, she will be doing a year-long internship to get her teacher certification through MSU and will be taking Master level courses at the same time. She will be home for the summer and can be seen working at The Cool Spot, in Frankfort. (Last updated: 2015)

Nathan Hejl (Blewett, 2012) "I am finishing up my BA in Marketing this semester and will begin the M.S. in Market Research program in January, also at MSU. I am still working for Jackson National, currently as an intern in our Project Management Office". (Last updated: 2016)

Crystal Hettinger (Nugent Award, 2014) reports her transition to MSU has been smooth. She has awesome roommates and has made lots of friends. Her classes are going well, although she is amazed that some of her classes have more students than her high school. She is on the Women's Bowling Team and is excited about what will come as the rest of the year unfolds. (Last updated: 2014)

Orion Mackin (Blewett, 2014) is doing well and has decided to be a Packaging engineer. He tells us that fortunately, MSU has the best program for packaging in the entire nation! He is looking forward to this endeavor and journey. (Last updated: 2015)

Madison O’Connor (Nugent, 2015) "So far the school year is off to a great start! I am living off campus this year in my sorority house, Alpha Chi Omega, which is on Burcham and M.A.C. I am currently taking 15 credits all relating back to my major, journalism. My favorite class this year is my JRN 203, which has me doing hands on reporting/interviewing. On top of academics I am also involved in numerous clubs. I am a part of C. A. R. E., which is a volunteer club that supports our Spartan community and surrounding neighborhoods. At our meeting last week we decorated lunch bags for kids through a program called “Sack Suppers”. The bags we designed are then filled with food and given to kids who are from identified families in need of support. Another group that I belong to is the “Make a Wish Foundation”. We are currently preparing for pumpkin sales to help raise money to donate to the foundation. Another event that I volunteer for is called “Walk a Mile”. In this event we have numerous guys walk a mile down the street in red high heels! All the money raised for this event is donated to MSU’s Safe Place to support survivors of domestic violence. I have always supported my community growing up and I am so happy to be able to continue to volunteer while here at MSU. This weekend, September 24th, we have the big Wisconsin game! I did buy student tickets this year, and can’t wait to go and support the Spartans! I am especially excited for this game because we are “striping the stadium”, which means sections alternate between all green and all white! (I’ll be in one of the green sections!) I would just like to take this time to also thank everyone for allowing me to have all these enriching opportunities. Without the Benzie Spartan Club’s financial support my college experience would be much different. Thanks again so much for supporting my dreams and aspirations. I hope to one day be able to help students reach their dreams, just as you have for me. Thanks again for making my dreams realities, GO GREEN!" (Last updated: 2016)

Maren O’Connor (Herban, 2014) "My sophomore year has been off to a great start so far! My schedule for this semester is perfect! I’m taking 16 credits but never have to get up for class earlier then 10:20! My favorite class I’m currently enrolled in is my writing course because my teacher is very insightful. I also get to take that class along-side my sister, Madison (Don Nugent recipient 2015), which has been really nice! As for clubs, I am still a member of Spartans for Global Development, University Activities Board, and an active parishioner of St. John’s Church. I have also joined a few new clubs including, CARE (a volunteer organization), the Human Recourse Association, and am a new member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. Through all of these organizations I have volunteered at Heaven House (a house in East Lansing for families struggling with housing and employment), picked apples to be donated to the homeless in the Lansing area, volunteered at the Ronald McDonald house, helped sort food for The Greater Lansing Community Food Bank, along with participating in philanthropy events that have raised money for various organizations. Thank you for all your support! I am looking forward to a successful 2015-2016 school year!" (Last updated: 2015)

Amanda Gray Rommel received the first scholarship given by the Club in 2000. She started her career at MSU in Pre-Vet. While she had loved her work with Dr. Nelson in Benzie County, she soon learned that a career in Vet Medicine was not for her. She switched her major to General Business and finished her degree at Baker College. Business turned out to be the right path for Amanda. She returned to Benzie County, took a job with Paul Oliver Hospital and married Dave Rommel. They have two daughters, Elle and Cass and several pets. She and Dave opened Big Bob's Up North Outfitters in Frankfort and operate a Charter Service. She continues to work at Paul Oliver Hospital as a support specialist focusing, in part, on non-clinical risk management and risk reduction as well as provider enrollment and credentialing. To reach this point, Amanda has taken many professional development classes and sees learning as an ongoing process. Her experiences have taught her about the strength of diversity, the need to explore to find her passion, and the importance of continual learning to make herself valuable to her workplaces and her community. (Last updated: 2014)

Kristin Smeltzer (Herban, 2013) "I’m starting my senior year here at MSU and I am planning on graduating in the spring of 2017. As far as classes go this semester I am taking Advancements in Reproduction, Microbiology lab, Organic chemistry lab, and Animal products. I have also submitted my applications for veterinary medical school, and will find out if I have been accepted in April. One of my favorite things about MSU is all of the clubs you can be a part of, I am still part of the Pre- Veterinary Medical Association club and I truly enjoy it and have met so many friends who share the same interests as me! It is hard to believe I am in my last year of school here, it is a bitter sweet moment. Thank you to everyone in the MSU Alumni club for being so helpful and supportive, I really wouldn't be where I am today without it. I hope you have a great fall, and hopefully I will see some of you around next time I make my way up north! :)" (Last updated: 2016)

Shayla Soto (Herban, 2013) "This school year is off to a great start. My classes at the business school are going well and I'm really interested in them. I'm joining an IM volleyball team and I'm working on joining a business organization. Overall I really enjoy being back at campus and every day I think how lucky I am to go here. Go Green!" (Last updated: 2016)

Erin Thompson (Nugent, 2012) "Things are crazy around here for me. I am very busy with school placements and lesson planning. I am in a second grade classroom at St. Thomas in East Lansing, and I’m also in an ESL classroom at North Henry Elementary in Lansing. I love both of my placements, my mentor teachers, and the kids! It’s been great! Classes are going well too. I can’t believe this is my last year, though! I will be graduating in May and next year I’ll begin my internship year (student teaching), hopefully in Grand Rapids. Other than classes and placements, I’ve been enjoying life at MSU. We sometimes have tailgates at my house before games and we’re always ready for a Spartan win….Last night I went to a scholarship dinner organized by the College of Education. We met with our donors and were given certificates and everything. All the scholarships and grants I receive help me so much and I am so grateful to the Benzie Alumni Association as well as the donors I met with last night. I am always so glad to have so much love and support from both communities! " (Last updated: 2015)

Zachary Terwilliger (Herban, 2012) "I'm currently the President of the Broad Student Senate. Broad Student Senate represents the undergraduate body in the business college here on campus. I also just accepted a full time position with KPMG in their Deal Advisory practice. As a Deal Advisory Associate I will enter a rotational program doing things like financial due diligence for mergers and acquisitions, accounting advisory services, corporate finance (investment banking), and serving corporate and private equity clients. My start date is in the Summer of 2017 and I just accepted yesterday. I'll be taking all four parts of the CPA Exam this Summer and completing my Masters of Public Accounting here at Michigan State next year." (Last updated: 2015)

Scott Tousley, (Herban, 2009) Some of you will remember that Scott sold tee-shirts to honor Lacey Holsworth, the young girl with cancer who became an inspiration to the MSU Men’s Basketball Team last season. By selling the tee-shirts, Scott was able to give $11,000 to the university of Michigan’s Pediatric Cancer Center. Scott graduated from MSU in 2013 with a degree in Marketing after exploring Audio/Video Production, Astronomy, and electrical engineering before moving to Advertising, Business, and Marketing. He now lives in the San Diego area a block from the beach and works for Hubspot, a Boston-based marketing software company specializing in “in-bound” marketing. In-bound marketing attracts customers to businesses by writing and publishing informative articles and videos on the product. When the customer seeks information on the internet, these articles are available and the customer can, if interested, seek out the business. It is a new form of marketing and is proving to be a productive alternative to traditional marketing through direct advertising. Scott enjoys the work, but also the flexibility of the job and the ability to work other than 8-5 as long as he gets his work done. He likes that the job offers him the opportunity to use creativity, logic, data analysis and math, critical thinking, and problem solving. In his spare time, he enjoys surfing, biking (he can ride his bike to work), and other outdoor activities. (Last updated: 2015)

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