CADILLAC — Two recently graduated high school seniors from the Cadillac area were awarded $1,000 scholarships from the William R. Peterson Scholarship Committee Friday.
Both Manton graduate Gabrielle Russo and Northern Michigan Christian graduate Ryan Yahner will be using the money when they attend college this fall. Russo is set to attend Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant to study political science while Yahner will be headed to southeast Michigan to attend Oakland University to study English literature or writing.
Russo graduated from Manton with a 3.9 GPA while Yahner graduated from NMC with a 4.1052 GPA.
“It is going toward tuition,‘ Russo said. “I definitely want to give a big thank you to the committee, my mom and my teacher and coach Mr. (Jeff) Harding.‘
While Yahner is not necessarily planning on pursuing a law degree like Russo, he said he is honored to have been chosen to receive the scholarship. He also said he is more open to potentially going to law school. He currently is interested in going to seminary to pursue pastoral or missionary work.
“I never really considered myself qualified for this because I was doing another liberal arts program and not necessarily practicing law,‘ he said. “I like the way they encourage going into (a career in law) and it definitely has made me think about law as a potential career.‘
The Peterson Scholarship was established by the Wexford/Missaukee Bar Association in 1994. It was established as a tribute to Peterson and honors all deceased members of the Wexford/Missaukee Bar. It is intended for qualified high school graduates attending college and majoring in history, political science or pre-law.
The scholarship was established through donations from attorneys and other individuals throughout northwest Michigan. It also includes donations made in memory of other Cadillac citizens. This is the 13th year for the scholarship.
Information about the scholarship fund is available by contacting the Wexford/ Missaukee Bar Association, William R. Peterson Scholarship Fund, 120 West Harris St., Cadillac, MI 49601 or calling (231) 775-1391.