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.
Scholarship Winners 2018
Michelle DeGrez is the daughter of Thomas and Julie DeGrez. She is a graduate of St. Clair Shores Lakeview High School with a 3.47 G.P.A. and a 23 ACT score. While in high school she participated in volleyball and softball, and was an all-academic , all M.A.C, and all district for softball, plus team MVP. Michelle was involved with student council, a yearbook editor, and volunteered at St. Germaine Church School and parish. She also received a Lakeview Future Educator Award and scholarship. Michelle is attending Macomb Community College and playing softball.
Cheyenne DeWolf is the daughter of Ken and Ann DeWolf. She is a graduate of St. Clair Shores Lakeview High School with a 3.62 G.P.A. and a 19 ACT score. During high school she was involved in creating videos for various interests, including renovations at Cobo Hall, and an animated clip about silencing cell phones for Emagine theaters. Cheyenne also filmed and edited various activities at Lakeview High School. She is attending Cal State Los Angeles in the Television and Media Studies program.
Aaron Ferdinande is the son of Dan and Linda Ferdinande. He is a graduate of Henry Ford II High School with a 3.81 G.P.A. and a SAT score of 1320. While in high school he played in the marching band and on the baseball team all four years. Aaron was also in the National Honor Society and the Boy Scouts, where he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Aaron received a Utica Community Schools Superintendent scholarship. He graduated magna cum laude, and was Macomb Area All-Academic in 2016 and 2017. He is attending U. of M. Dearborn and studying engineering/architecture.
The B.A.A. wishes them great success as they proceed with their academic careers.
Al VanDenBergh—Scholarship Chairman