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Show them the scholarships!

Kent ISD – Ten students from the Kent Career Tech Center’s Engineering and Architectural Design program earned more than $276,000 in scholarships.

The amounts for individual students range from $1,000 to $84,000 from schools the students plan to attend this fall.

Engineering and Architectural Design instructor Lawrence Ridley said he works with all of his students to help them set goals and determine what they hope to accomplish once out of high school. From there, students look at various upper educational opportunities and review scholarships for housing and tuition costs at those institutions. 

The highest earning scholarship recipient was Joshua Mayhue, from East Kentwood High School, who received about $84,000 in total scholarships for housing and tuition from Adrian College.

Other scholarship recipients were:

Destiny Anthon, from Sparta High School, who received $40,000 from Arizona State University plus $2,500 for the Grand Rapids Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute’s ACE Scholarship and $1,000 for the Tech Center Skutt Scholarship.

Kari Kroll, from Lowell Public Schools, $18,000 from Lawrence Technological University.

William Link, from Lowell High School, $1,000 from the Tech Center Skutt Scholarship.

Adam Calmo Pablo, from Grand Rapids University Preparatory Academy, $7,000 from Grand Rapids Community College.

Ethan Schilling, from Forest Hills Eastern High School, who received a total of $40,000 from Lawrence Technological University.

Aerial Sober, from Grand River Preparatory High School, $14,000 from Ferris State University.

Celeny Tenorio, from Catholic Central High School, $40,000 from Illinois Institute of Technology.

Nathaniel Thomas, from Rockford Public Schools, $12,765 from Central Michigan University.

Nathaniel Wang, from Northview Public Schools, $16,000 from Michigan Technological University.

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Joanne Bailey-Boorsma
Joanne Bailey-Boorsma covers Kent ISD and Godwin Heights. She was born in the Detroit area but grew up in Brighton where she attended Hartland Public Schools. The salutatorian for the Class of 1985, she changed her colors from blue and maize to green and white by attending Michigan State University, where she majored in journalism and minored in photography and German. She expanded her color palette to include orange and black as both her daughters graduated from Byron Center Public Schools; maroon and white for Aquinas College where her daughter studies nursing and also brought back blue and maize for Grand Rapids Community College where her youngest daughter currently is studying music. Read Joanne's full bio

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