For more than 30 years the Belgian-American Association has been giving out scholarships to the children of members as they begin their post-secondary education. The candidates are judged on their academic performance in high school, national test scores, extra-curricular involvements, community involvements and an essay written by them about “What It Means To Be Belgian.” We now give out three $1000 scholarships including a complimentary 1 year membership in the B.A.A or B.A.A Auxiliary for the recipient. Once the applicants have submitted all their materials the winners are chosen anonymously by the scholarship committee. What that means is all references to the applicant’s identity is removed from their materials so that the committee does not know who the applicants are. In addition, no one is allowed on the committee who has a relative as a candidate. The scholarship chairman is also prohibited from being on the committee. That is the procedure we follow to insure honesty in our selections.
B.A.A. Scholarship Winners
Ashley Gee is a 2016 graduate of the Utica Academy for International Studies with a G.P.A. of 4.23 and an ACT score of 30. She took a curriculum loaded with math, science, and advanced placement courses. While in school she was also on the Robotics team, tennis team, softball team, dance, and a member of both the National Honor Society and the National French Honor Society. Ashley also attended the U. of M. summer college engineering exposure program. Ashley was the valedictorian of her high school, a Utica Community Schools academic scholar and an International Baccalaureate Diploma recipient. She is continuing her education at the University of Michigan in the College of Engineering. Ashley is the daughter of Edmund and Laurie Gee, and the granddaughter of Mike and Joanne Gray.
Cassidy Huyghe is a 2015 graduate Lakeview High School in St. Clair Shores. She achieved a 3.58 G.P.A. and a 22 ACT score while there. Cassidy was on the basketball team, track team, swimming team, coached Little Huskies basketball, in the National Honor Society and was a Junior Deacon of Lakeshore Presbyterian Church. She also worked at Little Caesar’s Pizza for 2 years. She was the scholar athlete of the year in basketball, on the all-county swimming team for 3 events, and on the all-league academic team for every sport she played every year. She now attends Central Michigan University. Cassidy is the daughter of Dave and Tracy Huyghe and the granddaughter of the late Leon and Marion Huyghe.
Lauren LoSardo is a 2014 graduate of Romeo High School with a 3.25 G.P.A., and was an honor student while there. In high school she was in the choir, and in her senior year she worked daily with elementary students who needed extra help in certain subjects. She was also in the hospitality/food service program preparing and serving lunches. Outside of school, Lauren worked with her church youth group, worked at Old Stone Bar & Grille and Benny’s Restaurant. She also worked at the Learning Experience Childcare center part-time during the school year and full-time in the summer. Lauren attends Macomb Community College in the early childhood education and development curriculum, and she has been consistently on the Dean’s List with a 3.89 G.P.A. Lauren is the daughter of Tim Malfroid.
The B.A.A. wishes them great success as they proceed with their academic careers.
Al VanDenBergh—Scholarship Chairman