Scholarship- 2023

Scholarship Report

The applicant or his father must be a member for 24 months by the deadline.  You must apply during the first 3 years of advanced schooling, and you may apply up to 3 times, but you may only win once.

    Once the deadline has passed my job is to prepare the applications so that the applicant’s name, family name and school are not visible to the 5 members of the executive board who determine the winner.  This way the applicant’s family involvement in the B.A.A. should not influence the voting.  No member of the executive who has an applicant who is a family member (child, grandchild, niece, nephew) is allowed to participate in the process.  Once the winners are chosen I tell the committee who they have selected.  Then the winners and those not chosen will be notified by me of the outcome.
                                                                                      Al VanDenBergh
                                                                                      Scholarship Chairman

The recipient of the 2022 Belgian American Association scholarship is Connor Sims. Connor is the son of Aaron and Christine Sims, and the grandson of Ed and Helen VanRossen. He is a graduate of Detroit Country
Day School,  and is now attending  Albion College with a dual major in International Business and Anthropology with a minor in Japanese language. While in high school he participated in varsity ice hockey (4 years), and they were state champions two times. He also played varsity lacrosse (4 years).
He was heavily involved in artistic metal smithing from which he received awards from the State of Michigan. He graduated Cum Laude. 

The Belgian American Association wishes him well in all of his future endeavors. 

                                                Al VanDenBergh Jr.
                                               Scholarship Chairman