2014 JGA Scholarship Winners Named
Josh Switzer, a Mattawan High School graduate, Katie Brown, a Hastings grad, Holly Hines, a Three Rivers graduate, and Erin Clark, a Hackett Catholic Prep graduate all received scholarships from the JGA to put towards their college education.
All four of the winners of the $1500 one-year scholarships plan to pursue their education in various areas of the medical field. The scholarships, sponsored by the JGA, are not based on golf success but on academics, extra-curricular involvement and volunteer work.
Brown, won the Heidi Krum scholarship. She will attend Michigan State University’s honors college to major in biology and neuroscience and then to seek a graduate degree in physical therapy.
The Jim Roschek award was given to Switzer, who plans to specialize in physical therapy at Western Michigan University. Switzer was also the 2013 JGA Player of the Year.
“This fit my criteria,” Switzer said “because I thought if I could help young athletes achieve their goals, as a first responder as an athletic trainer, it would make me happy and be a positive experience for them.”
Holly Hines and Erin Clark won the John Block JGA awards.
University of Dayton is the destination of Clark, a graduate of Hackett Catholic Prep. She will pursue a bachelor’s degree in pre-medicine and then go on to seek a P.A. degree.
Hines, Three Rivers High School, graduate, will attend Central Michigan University and work toward becoming a pediatric physician’s assistant.
All Four scholarship winners had high educational ranking at their respective schools and were long-time participants in the JGA. They were well rounded, participating in sports other than golf in school, and were involved in other non-athletic endeavors such as the National Honor Society. They also contributed their time to community programs.
JGA Scholarship eligibility is open to any graduating senior who has participated in the JGA program and is planning to pursue a four-year degree as a full-time student. They must have shown academic achievement (minimum cumulative GPA 2.50), and displayed superior character, sportsmanship, and good citizenship on the golf course and in his or her daily life. The JGA has awarded 61 scholarships totaling $85,000 to graduating seniors since 1997.
Complete list of JGA Scholarship winners: (John Block scholarships unless noted)
2014 – Holly Hines, Erin Clark, Josh Switzer (Jim Roschek), Katie Brown (Heidi Krum)
2013 – Abby Radomsky & Taylor Bradshaw, Quinton Rice (Jim Roschek), Jessica Heimonen (Heidi Krum)
2012 – Dylan Christopher Plachta, & Sydney Heasley, Luke Tindall (Jim Roschek), Celestine Schwartz (Heidi Krum)
2011 – Kelsey Wiers & Scott Manski, Laura Glass (Heidi Krum), Ryan Werme (Jim Roschek)
2010 – Virginia Greenberger & Alexandra McMullen, Laura Genise (Heidi Krum), Chris Ireland (Jim Roschek)
2009 – Nathan Werme & Marah Klose, Bethany Matecun (Heidi Krum), Justin Borr (Jim Roschek)
2008 – Kyle Hotte & Blake Mortellaro, Laura Eberhard (Heidi Krum), Kyle Schau (Jim Roschek)
2007 – Kyle Chambers, Jacob Caplan & Gretchen Gangwer
2006 – Todd Capron, Ryan Hayes, Lee Keselowski, Nick Morcum, Samuel Neff, Brian Ogrin & Ryan Zwier
2005 – David DiGiovanni & Jay Gilman
2004 – Patricia Monroe & Timothy Fries
2003 – Nathaniel Golomb, James Lettow, Jeremy Sikkema, Joseph Byrne, Lauren Eckert & Derek Rider
2002 – Amanda Wilson, Nick Muszynski & Bill Keselowski
2001 – Justin Spyker & Ryan Eckert
2000 – Kevin Kremer & Meghan Henning
1999 – Mike Katz & Matt Dudek
1998 – Matthew Johnson & Justin Voshel
1997 – Brian Rosenbaum & Sheri Hoover