Mid’s full-ride scholarships give students the chance to start academic careers debt-free

The application process for Mid Michigan College’s Laker Distinction Scholarship has been described as “intense” by the school, and that’s likely with merit. That’s because applicants have the opportunity to receive one of two full-ride scholarships to the college. Two one-year scholarships are also available.

While two-year-degree community colleges like Mid are often valued as a lower-cost entry point to four-year-degree universities, the fact remains: a full-ride scholarship is a full-ride scholarship.

The scholarships provide area students the unique opportunity to start their academic careers debt-free.

“It’s always rewarding to see how many exceptional students apply for these scholarships, and we hope to see those numbers grow in 2021,” says Karry Kiste-Toner, Assistant Vice President of Student Success at Mid.

“It’s extremely hard to narrow the field down to our final recipients — there are so many remarkable local students.”


There is the one-year, 31-credit Laker Distinction Scholarship and the two-year, 62-credit Laker Distinction Presidential Scholarship, the latter of which includes a $500 stipend for books and supplies.

The application process requires students to submit a creative response project to the statement, "I have something distinct to contribute to Mid Michigan College."

Also taken into account are students’ records of leadership, service, and academic performance.

“Many of us dual-enrolled at Mid during high school and became familiar with the caring staff and faculty at the College,” says Isabel Murphy, a 2018 Presidential LDS winner from Farwell.

“I never felt like just a number at Mid and that definitely helped make me feel secure in my college choice.”

While the initial selection event will be held virtually on Saturday, Feb. 20, via the Zoom teleconferencing app, it’s recommended that students begin preparing for the application process early. Applications must be submitted before Friday, Feb. 19.

Visit Mid Michigan College online to learn more about the application process.

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