Business group selects annual scholarship winners

FLINT TWP. — From a long list of worthy applicants for its annual scholarship awards, the West Flint Business Association chose three winners: LaTisha Bowie of Burton, Jasmin Newton of Grand Blanc and Amanda Ried of Swartz Creek.

Each was awarded a $2,500 scholarship presented last week at the W.F.B.A.’s monthly meeting.

Bowie was the recipient of the Adult Learner Scholarship, which is awarded to an working adult who is furthering their education in order to improve their lives.

Bowie attends the University of Louisiana – Monroe, working toward a Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis on special education and learning disabilities. She holds a cumulative 3.9 GPA and expects to graduate in May 2015.

She currently works as the Lead Teacher for the Genesee County Day Treatment Program for students with emotional impairments and behavioral disorders.

She is paying for her doctoral degree herself and will also have a son starting college next year who will require financial assistance.

In her acceptance speech, Bowie said that her husband died two years ago making it a tough decision to continue to pursue her own educational goals.

Newton was the recipient of the scholarship awarded to a graduating high school student. She is a senior at Grand Blanc High School where she holds a cumulative 3.9 GPA and is ranked 65th of 603 students. She’s a member of the National Honors Society and active at her church, with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the March of Dime fundraisers and the North End Soup Kitchen.

Newton plans to attend college and pursue a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

Ried was the winner of the Genesee Area Skills Center Scholarship, designed to assist a high school senior enrolled in a Career & Technology program at the GASC and is continuing his/her education in a related specialty area.

Ried attends Lake Fenton High School where she holds a 3.587 GPA. She is enrolled in the Culinary Essentials II program and aspires to someday open a catering business.

Ried has devoted more than 150 volunteer hours to programs to feed he homeless and working at the elementary school making books for first graders. She is a member of the Key Club, a community service group and also the National Honor Society.

Ried plans to attend Oakland Community College to study Culinary Arts and earn a business degree.

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