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2014 Margaret Starkey Scholarship winners announced

The Howell Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation annually awards the Margaret Starkey Scholarship to outstanding, non-traditional students who are advancing their education while working.

This year there are 15 winners, each of whom will receive a $1,000 scholarship. They are:

Alex Heeg of St. Joseph Mercy Livingston Hospital, who will attend Lansing Community College

Karl Peterson of Asahi Kasei Plastics NA, who will attend Baker College of Owosso

Renee David of Mott Community College Livingston Center, who will attend Cleary University

Andrew Michael Kubiak of Hatch Stamping Co., who will attend Baker College

Emily DeJaegher of the Howell Carnegie District Library, who will attend Wayne State University

Natasha Doan-Motsinger of Excel Employment Options, who will attend Walden University

Chelsea Finke of LACASA, who will attend Michigan State University

Erin Elizabeth Killop of Citizens-Hanover Insurance, who will attend Cleary University

Heather Cavin of the Livingston Education Service Agency, who will attend Cleary University

Katelyn Lewis of Howell Nature Center, who will attend Michigan State University

Bryan Ridley of Down Home Interiors, who will attend Washtenaw Community College

Zachary Hash of Country Lane Flower Shop, who will attend Eastern Michigan University

Anthony Disch of Howell Area Fire Department, who will attend Lansing Community College

Rachel Radick of The Learning Ladder, who will attend Lansing Community College

Morgan Anne Hoskins of Chemung Hills Golf and Banquet Center, who will attend University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

Applicants are nominated by their employers, and the winners chosen best exemplify the personal qualities of Margaret Starkey, who was executive assistant of the chamber for 31 years until she retired in 1987; she passed away in 2002.

Mrs. Starkey was dedicated and enthusiastic, a woman who had great attention to detail and a love of community service. These outstanding personal qualities helped her achieve great success despite big obstacles in her life.

Some of the other criteria used to evaluate candidates included self-motivation and creativity, customer service, leadership and self-confidence. In order to nominate an employee, a company has to be located in Livingston County.

A fund-raising drive for the scholarship is currently under way. Donations to the scholarship fund can be made to the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation, 123 E. Washington St., Howell, MI 48843.

All donations over $500 will be recognized on the Margaret Starkey page of the Howell Chamber of Commerce website, howell.org, with a link to the donor’s website.

For more information, contact Pat Convery, president of the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation, at 517.546.3920 or pconvery@howell.org.

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