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Ferris Alumni Association Awards $30,000 in Legacy Scholarships

Ferris State UniversityTwenty-five Ferris State University students were awarded Alumni Association Legacy Scholarships totaling $30,000 for the 2013-14 academic year.

The Legacy Scholarship recognizes the academic achievements and leadership potential in students whose parent, sibling or grandparent is a Ferris graduate. The one-time award can total up to $2,000 and is presented in two equal increments for two consecutive semesters.

The winners of $2,000 awards are:

Edward Peters of DeWitt, a Biology/Pre-Optometry major
Caleb Schultz of Lowell, Pharmacy
Amanda Jensen of Muskegon, Elementary Education
Heather Evans of Howard City, Radiography

Students awarded $1,000 scholarships are:

  • Laura Unaeze of Big Rapids, Integrative Studies
  • Katherine Wyman of Howard City, Pharmacy
  • Breanna Wooster of Chelsea, Graphic Design
  • Molly Schmid of Kent City, Business Administration MBA
  • Morgan Weiss of Caledonia, Pre-Pharmacy
  • Mackenzie Roerig of Belding, Health Care Systems Administration
  • Laura Walton of Big Rapids, Printing and Digital Graphic Imaging Technology
  • Todd Bunce of Big Rapids, Business Administration Professional Track
  • Spencer Schuiling of Lake Odessa, Pre-Business
  • Bethany Sonefeld of Ludington, Graphic Design
  • Bradley Williamson of St. Clair, Welding Technology
  • Samantha Simmons of Milford, Biology/Pre-Pharmacy
  • Zachary Cross of Byron Center, Energy Systems Engineering
  • Cody Haines of Cadillac, Rubber Engineering Technology
  • Elizabeth Bartlett of Traverse City, Art Education (Ferris’ Kendall College of Art and Design)
  • April Neilsen of Atlanta, Music Industry Management
  • Haley Hawes of Cedar Springs, Graphic Design
  • Lauren Carnevale of Plymouth, Television and Digital Media Production
  • Hillary Meyer of St. Clair, Elementary Education
  • Vanessa Kuske of Midland, Health Care Systems Administration
  • Ashley Beaudette of Washington, Health Information Technology
  • Erica St. Clair of Marne, Biotechnology

The winners will be honored at the Legacy Luncheon on Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center.

To be considered for the competitive scholarship, a student must not only be the relative of a Ferris graduate, but also have a 2.75 cumulative grade point average and have successfully completed a minimum of two full-time semesters. Applicants must submit an essay that describes their personal career goals and how a Ferris degree will help achieve those goals. In addition, they must submit a letter from the Ferris graduate describing the effect their educational experiences had on their life or professional career. Finally, the student must submit a recommendation by a Ferris faculty or staff member.

For more information about the Legacy Scholarship or to apply, visit

For additional information on the Ferris Alumni Association, go to