High School Scholarship Recipients

Abigail Brower is a graduate of Traverse City Christian School as valedictorian with a 3.99 GPA. She is enrolled at Cornerstone University and plans to double major in pre-physician’s assistant and psychology. Brower will also be playing softball for the Cornerstone Eagles. She then hopes to attend The Graduate School at Grand Valley State University to obtain a license as a physician’s assistant, specializing in pediatrics. Her career goal is to provide medical and social care for younger people, with intentions of traveling across the globe to serve people in need.


Tanner McLean, as a 2020 graduate of Elk Rapids High School, has been dual enrolled at Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) for the past three years and has completed several Advanced Placement classes giving him a head start on his college career. He also participated in marching band, varsity bowling, robotics and National Honor Society. McLean was recently nominated to the Lake Michigan All-Academic Team and inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at NMC. He is grateful to Elk Rapids for providing such great opportunities for success. McLean plans to attend NMC for two years then transfer to Michigan Tech to complete a degree in robotic/mechanical engineering.


Garrison Waugh is the class valedictorian for Elk Rapids High School’s class of 2020. He has held several leadership positions in his time at Elk Rapids, including class president and president of the National Honor Society. In addition to his studies, he participated in soccer, ice hockey, and rowing while attending Elk Rapids. In the fall, Waugh will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison to pursue a degree in computer science and potentially another STEM field. During this time, he will also be a member of the men’s rowing team.


Adult Scholarship Recipients

Madison Hertel is a rising junior studying the B.F.A. musical theatre major at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. She was hired to work at the Glimmerglass Festival in various operas this summer before their cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the coming fall semester, Hertel will be an assistant choreographer for the college’s mainstage dance concert. After earning her degree, she plans to move to New York City to pursue her career as a theatre artist.


Jacob Tabor is working toward an information technology infrastructure degree at Northwestern Michigan College (NMC). He is an Eagle Scout and enjoys assisting local community organizations. Tabor loves computers and helping others with technology problems. Before he attended NMC, he acquired several information technology certifications. Upon graduation, Tabor plans to work for an information technology company where he can further improve his skills and help the company grow through great customer service and leadership.