Four young adults from southern Michigan, each a successful student and leader within their school and community, will begin their college journeys this fall with a little support from their electric cooperative.

Students whose families are members or customers of Team Midwest were invited to submit an application for a $1000 scholarship through our annual program. Applications were judged based on academic achievements, school and community activities, and honors and awards. Instead of the typical written essay, students were asked to submit a short video describing creative approaches to energy efficiency.

“A lot of students have great scholarship applications, and the video approach really gave us an opportunity to evaluate them from an entirely different perspective,” says Patty Nowlin, director of community relations at Team Midwest. “It was fun to see the thought and creativity behind the approaches, and really get to know our applicants in an entirely different way.”

View all 21 scholarship video essays, and other TeamMidwest videos, on our YouTube Channel.

2016 Team Midwest scholarship winners are:

Elizabeth Lycans, daughter of Tom and Anne Lycans and graduate of Blissfield High School. Elizabeth is very interested in physics and chemistry, and plans to pursue those interests as she studies material engineering at the University of Michigan Dearborn. During her high school career, she attended classes at Siena Heights University and Adrian College, and was involved in theatre.

Adrianna Pollee, daughter of Dean and MaryAnn Pollee and graduate of Mattawan High School. Adrianna is passionate about the environment and wildlife, and will attend Ohio State University to major in Forestry, Fisheries and Wildlife. She is active in her school and community as a member of the Paw Paw Art Association, Mattawan’s Environmental Club, and Global Awareness Project Club.

Noah Rufo, son of Thomas and Heather Rufo and graduate of Decatur High School.  A scholar-athlete, Noah begins a five-year master’s program for athletic training this fall at Concordia University in Ann Arbor. He was voted captain and All District Academic First team in football, basketball and baseball during his high school career, and viewed as a quiet leader among his teammates and peers.

Joe Spence, son of Ben and Shannon Spence and graduate of Clinton High School. One of five valedictorians at Clinton High School, Joe plans to attend University of Toledo to study engineering. He participated in track and basketball, and was named to the All County and All League teams as a defensive end in football.