In brief

Real estate offices merge

GRAND BLANC — Century 21 Prestige has announced its merger with Century 21 Signature, based in Saginaw. “Building relationships is our goal,” said, Wendy Sabo, broker/owner of Prestige. “This merger will enhance our service offerings and commitments to these lifelong relationships with our clients. Our philosophy is that quality blended with excellent service is the foundation for a successful business relationship.” Through this merger, Century 21 Signature now stands as the largest Century 21 brokerage in Michigan based on units sold, with office locations in Saginaw, Midland, Bay City, Frankenmuth, Clio, Flushing, Flint, Fenton and now Grand Blanc, staffed by more than 200 licensed sales professionals, according to a press statement. The Grand Blanc office is located at 8311 Office Park Drive. Details: Call 810-695-3200. — R.S.

MCC’s Schapel receives Meritorious Service Award from Merit

FLINT — Randy Schapel, Director of Networking for Mott Community College, (MCC), was recognized on May 17 with the Meritorious Service Award for his work as Chairperson of the Merit Advisory Council. Merit Internet is a regional network developed specifically for non-profit organizations. The Meritorious Service Award recognizes individuals who have shown a long-term dedication to Merit’s mission through their support and involvement. In addition to his role as director of network services for Mott Community College, Schapel has worked in many roles in educational IT, including help desk, Unix/Linux system administrator and manager. He received his B.S. in computer science from Baldwin- Wallace College in Berea Ohio, and earned his M.S. in management information systems at the University of Michigan-Flint. He spends a great deal of time planning and implementing cost saving open source solutions over proprietary solutions. — R.S.

Time running out to claim Tuition Incentive Program benefits

LANSING — Time is running out for eligible individuals who graduated in 2014 with a high school diploma or equivalent to claim their Tuition Incentive Program benefits, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury.

The grant program—known as TIP for short— encourages eligible Medicaid recipients to complete high school by providing college tuition assistance. Eligible TIP students have four years to begin their TIP benefits or permanently forfeit eligibility.

For the class of 2014, this means TIP students must be in TIP by the upcoming fall 2018 semester or risk becoming ineligible to receive available grant dollars that help cover college expenses.

High school students between 12 and 20 years old who have or have had Medicaid coverage for 24 months within a 36-consecutive month period were identified by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services as having met the program’s eligibility requirement. The state Treasury Department notified eligible students about TIP and how to enroll during their senior year of high school.

Beginning with the 2018-19 academic year, all TIP students must complete and file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid—FAFSA for short—to receive TIP benefits.

To learn more about TIP or claim TIP benefits, go to or contact MI Student Aid at, 1-888-447-2687 or follow @mistudentaid on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat. — G.G.

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