By Elise DeYoung
Some of Walled Lake Central’s outstanding students were recently nominated by the school’s staff to receive Detroit News/CATCH Scholarships. CATCH, Sparky Anderson’s Charity, teamed up with the Detroit News to provide scholarship money for the winning students.
“The scholarships are usually around $750 each,” said Guidance Counselor Kathleen Hoover.
Students were able to apply to one of the 12 categories provided including Athletics, Health, Mathematics, Science, World Studies, Technical, Arts, and Special/Against All Odds.
“We didn’t put the scholarship information around the school because we wanted staff to nominate the students they thought deserved the scholarships,” said Hoover.
Criteria for the scholarships included acceptable grades and test scores, honors and awards, community involvement, and most importantly their talent in their selected category.
“The students really appreciated their teachers nominating them and almost all of them took advantage of the opportunity,” said Hoover.
Following the nominations, students were to write short essays describing their most outstanding academic accomplishments.
Students receiving the scholarship will receive it in the beginning of May and will be honored as part of the annual Detroit News Outstanding High School Graduate program.