FLINT TWP. — Ongoing fundraising efforts by the West Flint Business Association culminated last week with the presentation of $7,500 in scholarships to three area students.
Shytance Wren, who attends the University of Michigan-Flint, received the $2,500 Adult Learner Scholarship, which recognizes individuals in the work force trying to better themselves through further education.
Haley Prout, a student at Linden High School, was the High School Community Service Scholarship winner of $2,500, which aims to assist a high school senior in pursuing a college education.
Megan Patsey, of Bendle High School in Burton, won the $2,500 GASC Technology Center Scholarship, which goes to a high school senior who has been enrolled in a Career & Technology program at GASC and is continuing his/ her education in a related specialty area.
WFBA has a selective process for choosing the winners each year, said John Folts, scholarship chairperson, who presented the awards.
Shytance has a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 at UM-Flint and is studying for a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Psychology. She expects to graduate in May 2015. She is the winner of the Ms.UM-Flint Scholarship Competition for which she was judged on her career goals, school spirit, g.p.a. and overall contribution to campus. She has helped with recruiting of students who have aged out of foster care and helped them transition from foster care to college. Since her junior year in high school, Shytance has helped organize and manage the annual blood drive at Northwestern High School. She also tutors children 8 to 15 years and creates recreational activities afterwards at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Flint.
Haley has a g.p.a of 4.33 and ranks fourth out of 227 students. She is president of the Student Council, a member of the National Honor Society, captain of the cross-country team, co-chair of the Green Committee and a representative to the Flint Metro League Student Council.
She plans to attend the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor to study for a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering.
Megan has a 3.376 g.p.a. and plans to study for a Bachelor of Science degree in veterinary medicine at the University o Michigan- Flint. She is enrolled in the GASC Veterinary Medicine Program. She also is a member of he National Honor Society and was lauded in hr nomination letter for displaying great leadership and organizational skills while motivating others. She has been a high school drum major for two years and captain of the basketball team this year.