FLINT TWP. — The West Flint Business Association works all year on fund-raisers and fun events to be able to present three $2,500 scholarships each year to deserving students. The 2012 winners named last week at WFBA’s monthly meeting are Emily Burks of Flushing, winner in the high school category; Sarah Ross of Burton, Genesee Area Skill Center winner; and Chrystal R. Harris of Flint, adult learner winner.
WFBA’s High School Community Service Scholarship goes to a high school senior planning to pursue a college education.
Burks attends Flushing High School where she has a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.844 and is ranked 35 of 343 students. Among her many accomplishments, she was nominated by her assistant principal for an exclusive Leadership Training weekend in Canada; is a member of Interact, the high school equivalent of the Rotary Club; is president of SADD; a member of the National Honor Society and Student Council; a special Olympics volunteer and a scholar athlete participating in soccer, volleyball and powerlifting.
She plans to attend Eastern Michigan University to pursue a degree in special education and Spanish.
Burks could not attend the WFBA awards presentation but was represented by her father who brought a letter expressing her thanks.
“In the future, I plan on returning to this community to give back what has been given to me,’’ Burks wrote.
The GASC Technology Center Scholarship is given to a high school senior enrolled in a Career & Technology program at GASC who plans to continue education in a related specialty area.
Ross is a student at Atherton High School with a cumulative g.p.a. of 3.475. As president of the Atherton H.S Key Club, she has help secure donations for the local food pantry. She is a member of the National Honor Society and has worked with the American Red Cross. In 2010, she placed in the top five of the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) state competition. She plans to study molecular biology and medical laboratory technology at the University of Michigan- Flint.
The Adult Learner Student Scholarship recognizes a working person who is trying to improve by furthering their education.
Harris is enrolled in the accelerated nursing program at UM-Flint and has a cumulative g.p.a. of 3.12. She is working toward her bachelor of science degree in nursing and already hold a degree in management from Kettering University.
Harris recently resigned her position as a nutritional educator at the Michigan State University Extension service to devote full time to her college studies. She is involved in several groups including Habitat for Humanity and Big Brothers/ Big Sisters.
WFBA will continue to hold fundraisers during the summer but its monthly meetings are now on hiatus until the fall.