Watervliet Auxiliary awards scholarships

WATERVLIET — Lakeland Hospital Watervliet Auxiliary recently awarded scholarships to three graduating high school seniors during their annual luncheon.

Elaine Koshar (Watervliet High School) received a $2,000 scholarship.

Because of her lifelong interest in science, she will study animal science at Michigan State University as preparation for becoming a veterinarian.

Madeline Teresko (Watervliet High School) also received $2,000 from the Auxiliary.

She will be attending the University of Michigan and majoring in biology in preparation for medical school. She aspires to be a pediatric oncologist.

In addition, Mariela Gutierrez Quintana (Hartford High School) was selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship from Lakeland Health Foundations.

She plans to attend Grand Valley State University and pursue a career as a diagnostic medical sonographer.

Pokagon Fund awards 2019-20 scholarships

NEW BUFFALO — The Pokagon Fund recently awarded $100,000 to 20 Harbor Country residents to attend the post-secondary institutions of their choice in 2019-20.

Some recipients were high school seniors, while others were adults seeking better career opportunities.

Of total recipients in 2019, five adults were awarded a total of $25,500. The Adult Students in Scholastic Transition program was launched in 2012, and financial awards may be used for professional certificate programs, licensure, two- and four-year undergraduate degrees and graduate school.

Grant award amounts vary each year and may be renewable for multiple-year programs.

Traditional high school scholarships represented the remaining $74,500 distributed.

Adult recipients were:

• Laima Augustaitis, Master of Science in information, University of Michigan.

• Luke Linscheid, Doctorate of Nursing Practice, Michigan State University.

• Kristin Lugbill, Master of Arts, school counseling, Western Michigan University.

• Amy Putzke, bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, Western Governors University.

• Jacob Zapor, Master of Fine Arts, Maine College of Art.

High school students include:

• Kaitlyn Biela, Ferris State University.

• Joshua Clark, Lake Superior State University.

• Olivia Haberichter, Michigan State University.

• Alexander Schmock, Southwestern Michigan College.

• Lucy Johnson, Carroll University.

• Althea McGreehan, Grand Valley State University.

St. Joseph Lions Club awards scholarships

ST. JOSEPH — Graduating St. Joseph High School seniors Jack Moody, Meghan Hyun and Aashish Harikrishnan were recognized recently at a St. Joseph Lions Club meeting, and received the club’s 2019 Mergenthaler Scholarships.

The Mergenthaler Scholarship started in 1981, when the St. Joseph Lions Club was asked to administer a scholarship fund from the estate of Lillian Mergenthaler.

Lillian and her husband were owners of Herman’s Greenhouse, located near where the St. Joseph High School tennis courts are now.

The close proximity to the high school generated her interest in young people, according to a news release.

Since the fund’s inception, more than $230,000 in scholarships have been awarded.