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Over $401,000 in scholarships will be awarded by the Bay Area Community Foundation in 2012.

Bay Area Community Foundation Awards 100 Commitment Scholarships

May 20, 2012       Leave a Comment
By: O. J. Cunningham

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Bay City, MI - The Bay Area Community Foundation held its fifth annual Bay Commitment Scholarship Award Ceremony at the Scottish Rite Cathedral at 7 p.m. on May 15, 2012. One hundred graduating seniors from Bay County high schools each received a $2,000 scholarship to attend Delta College or Saginaw Valley State University. The program will featured a presentation by Ashleigh LaLonde a 2011 scholarship recipient and current student at Delta College.

The Bay Commitment Scholarship provides funds to students who are the first generation (neither parent holds a bachelor's degree) and will attend college locally. This past year, the Bay Commitment Scholarship was expanded to include all high schools in Bay County. The students must have graduated from a Bay County high school and lived in Bay County for six years. The recipients must attend either Delta College or Saginaw Valley State University in the fall.

"We are pleased to be a founding partner of the Bay Commitment Scholarship," stated Eileen A. Curtis, Bay Area Community Foundation President & CEO. "Bay Commitment ($200,000) plus the over 100 other Foundation sponsored scholarships which will be awarded June 4, 2012 ($201,000) represent over $401,000 in scholarships that will be awarded in 2012. It is a long way from the one $300 scholarship awarded by the Foundation in 1985."

The Bay Commitment Scholarship is one component of The Bay Commitment College Access Network. The Access Network strives to assist students and their families work through the maze of planning for and attending college. Support is available through thru the College Resource Center located at 1000 Adams Street, Bay City, MI. and www.baycommitment.org.

The Bay Area Community Foundation is a community based, philanthropic organization working to improve the quality of life in the Bay County area. The Foundation's mission is to fulfill a wide array of donors' charitable wishes throughout Bay and Arenac Counties by building permanent endowment funds and serving as a leader for community improvement through effective grantmaking and collaboration. Since the Foundation began operations in 1982, over $16 million has been invested in the community through grants to local nonprofit organizations and student scholarships.

The Bay Area Community Foundation office is located in the restored Pere Marquette Depot, 1000 Adams Street, Suite 200, Bay City, MI 48708.

2012 Bay Commitment Scholarship Recipients


Alex Albaugh, John Glenn High School
  • Brent Avery, Bay City Central High School
  • Robert Awrey, Garber High School
  • Christopher Begick, Western High School
  • Abbigail Behmlander, Western High School
  • Brelle Biscovich, Pinconning High School
  • Zackery Bishop, Bay City Central High School
  • Jordan Buda, Bay City Central High School
  • Brittany Burns, All Saints Central High School
  • Kara Charbonneau, John Glenn High School
  • Marissa Charbonneau, Bay City Central High School
  • Corey Ciesielski, Pinconning High School
  • Nicholas Collins, Bay City Central High School
  • Rowan Cooper, John Glenn High School
  • Amanda Cornejo, Garber High School
  • Alexander DeWyse, Garber High School
  • Alyssa Diaz, Bay City Central High School
  • Dusten Dittenbir, Pinconning High School
  • Heather Doan, Bay City Central High School
  • Racheal Doan, Bay City Central High School
  • Alexandra Dockett, Pinconning High School
  • Rebecca Dodge, John Glenn High School
  • Tiffany Dougherty, Western High School
  • Karla Drzewicki, Garber High School
  • Emily Dzurka, Western High School
  • Tyler Fini, John Glenn High School
  • Ashley Furtaw, John Glenn High School
  • Ciara Galley, John Glenn High School
  • Brook Goulet, John Glenn High School
  • Shannon Goyett, John Glenn High School
  • Christopher Griffin, Bay City Central High School
  • Catherine Griffus, John Glenn High School
  • Timothy Gunther, Western High School
  • Chelsea Gwizdala, Bay City Central High School
  • Kimberly Haner, Western High School
  • Shannon Hardy, Bay City Central High School
  • Erika Harley, Garber High School
  • Brynna Henika, Garber High School
  • Joan Idzior, Pinconning High School
  • Dylan Jezewski, Western High School
  • Brianna Kernstock, Garber High School
  • Elizabeth Klida, John Glenn High School
  • Cory Konwinski, Pinconning High School
  • Ryan Kowalski, Western High School
  • Addison Kozuch, Garber High School
  • Maya Krager, Bay City Central High School
  • Carmen Krueger, Western High School
  • Kevin Kusmierz, Bay City Central High School
  • Catherine Laatsch, John Glenn High School
  • Taylor Lambert, Bay City Central High School
  • Moregan Lane, Bay City Central High School
  • Shannon Lennon, Bay City Central High School
  • Carla Leonard, Garber High School
  • Brandon Light, John Glenn High School
  • Hailee Linton, Bay City Central High School
  • Chelsey Lopez, John Glenn High School
  • Zachary Maida, Pinconning High School
  • Dana Mayer, Pinconning High School
  • Errin Mehl, Western High School
  • Pamela Middleton, John Glenn High School
  • Karly Mielke, Pinconning High School
  • Jordan Mulders, Garber High School
  • Danielle Muszynskid, Garber High School
  • Zachary Nuffer, John Glenn High School
  • Dale Peters, John Glenn High School
  • Nicholas Pressler, Western High School
  • Alexandrea Pross, Western High School
  • Eva Putt, Western High School
  • Nathan Reinshuttle, Pinconning High School
  • Chase Reynolds, Wenona Center High School
  • Lea Richard, Bay City Central High School
  • Elizabeth Rouech, Bay City Central High School
  • Garrett Russell, Western High School
  • Sawyer Samborn, Western High School
  • Sloane Scharich, Garber High School
  • Steven Schnettler, Garber High School
  • Kyle Scorey, Western High School D
  • avid Sniecinski, Western High School
  • Tyler Sommerfield, Western High School
  • James Soule, Western High School
  • Sara Stender-Parker, Western High School
  • Kendall Stevens, Western High School
  • Samantha Strieter, John Glenn High School
  • Cameron Sullivan, Bay City Central High School
  • Chris Talaga, Western High School
  • Hope Thume, Pinconning High School
  • Emilee Tomczak, Bay City Central High School
  • Abby Veitengruber, John Glenn High School
  • Kyle Vogel, Western High School
  • Melissa Weiss, Western High School
  • Veronica Weller, All Saints Central High School
  • Melissa Westran, Bay City Central High School
  • Lexis Wieland, Pinconning High School
  • Ashly Wilcox, Western High School
  • Ashley Willett, John Glenn High School
  • Katelyn Williams, Western High School
  • Lynnann Wilson, John Glenn High School
  • Andrew Wojcik, Bay City Central High School
  • Amy Yaworski, Western High School
  • Trevor Young, Western High School

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