FLINT TWP. – The West Flint Business Association presented its annual $1,500 scholarships to three local students, at its May 17 monthly meeting. The group is now on summer hiatus until September.
The winners are Olivia Stawasz, Alexis Kaiser and Milton Straham III.
Olivia is the winner of the High School Community Service Scholarship given in recognition of a high school student demonstrating exceptional achievement and leadership skills through involvement in their respective schools and community.
She is a senior at Flushing High School and has earned a 3.842 grade point average. She served as Student Leadership president and Student Council secretary.
WFBA recognized her impressive community service record during the past four years. She was a member of Rotary Interact, the National Honor Society, Varsity Club and Book Club. Her activities ranged from reading to elementary school children, planting flowers with the Early Childhood Center and passing out S’mores at the Flushing Candle Walk.
Olivia plans to attend Ferris State University, majoring in Criminal Justice with a double minor in Forensics and Psychology. She plans to become a Forensic Psychologist and aspires to working someday for the FBI.
Alexis is the winner of the WFBA Vocational Educational Scholarship awarded to a student enrolled in vocational education.
Alexis is a senior at Clio High School where she holds a 3.9 g.p.a. which places her in the top 20th percentile of her class. She attends the Genesee Career Institute for advanced nursing and will graduate in June with a CNA degree. At GCI, she participated in HOSA, an organization for health students’ and received first place at a regionals competition. She also has received awards for cheerleading, French and Athletic Academic Achievement.
She has spent time volunteering at the WellBridge of Fenton nursing home and is currently volunteering two days per week in the emergency room at Hurley Medical Center in Flint.
Alexis plans to attend Saginaw Valley State University, majoring in nursing.
Straham is the winner of the Adult Learner Scholarship awarded each year to an individual currently in the work force and/or college who is trying to improve by furthering their education while showing evidence of good citizenship, character and ability.
A graduate of Genesee Early College, he is currently enrolled in the University of Michigan-Flint Master of Business Administration program and holds a bachelor of business administration degree in accounting from UM-F. Previously, he also was a student in the Oakland University Master of Accounting program
In high school, Straham was president of the National Honor Society, vice president of the Key Club and a class representative in student government.
At Oakland, he held the title of Becker Campus Ambassador for Becker Professional Education and also was a member of Beta Alpha Psi, an honorary organization for financial students and professionals; Master of Accounting Student Association and the Oakland Accounting Student Information Society.
Straham has been heavily involved in community service since his undergraduate years, logging more than 600 hours of volunteer work. He has worked to bring relief to residents impacted by the Flint water crisis, has been a site leader at the YWCA and a Martin Luther King Day volunteer. Straham ultimately hopes to establish a non-profit organization to aid victims of sex trafficking and to assist minority high school students seeking to earn a college degree.