Published on July 25, 2022

$183,000+ in Health Care Scholarships Awarded to Area Students

Under the stewardship of the MyMichigan Health Foundation, more than $183,000 has been awarded to 114 students for the 2022-2023 school year from The Bernard F. and Melissa Anne Bailey Family Fund.

More than $2 million in total has been awarded in scholarship funds by the Bailey Family Fund to assist students as they pursue a career in health care since it began offering scholarships in 2005. The following students have received scholarships for the upcoming school year:

Alcona – Leah Elston, Isabel Hulverson and Tasha Merillat

Alpena – Brianna Decker, Angela Murphy, Christopher Stephens, Ashley Timmreck and Jordan Zempel

Bay – Rebecca Beechum, Stephanie Carter, Connie Champine-Derocher, Mackenzie Colton, Shayla Day, Kathryn Dore, Alexandra Failing, Amber Lavrack, Eric Lehmann, Madison Mapes, Amanda Milkowski, Erica Rettelle, Robin Rodriguez, Janae Whyte, Kylie Williams and Jennifer Young

Clare – Danielle Bailey, Kaleigh Ellsworth, Alyssa Koch, Deanna Losey, Chantal Reed, Sara Schafer, Mallory Silamianos and Michael Wertheimer

Gladwin – Jennifer Bailey, Chris Campau, Kayla Dennis, Zoe McLaughlin, Tracey Pannill and Jolynn Slabic

Gratiot – Chloe Brittain, Grace Newton, Cassandra Ross and Candy Smith

Isabella – Rylie Alward, Brittany Ames, Sophia Grossnickle, Jazcinda Jorgensen, Vanessa Lapham, Elizabeth Maxon, Brooke Ray, Laura Sigsbee and Danielle Vering

Midland – Jenna Arens, Amanda Bone, Gabriel Brady, Daisy-Jayne Burlingame, Nykeesha Carbeno, Madison Chapin, Meranda Collins, Angelyn Danowski, Megan Dopp, Alex Doty, Donavon Earley, Jordan Ensz, Dylan Fader, Jackson Goethe, Allison Gray, Madison Greene, Sydney Gross, Trisha Hatt, Adam Haydanek, Eric Houk, Jacqueline Jacobs, Nevada Kennedy, Andrew Kozerski, Rachel Larson. Tina Mason, Colin McGraw, Taylor McGuirk, Callie Meath, Sejal Mehta, Megan Ohmer, Brianne Okes, Tamara Potter, Madeline Pretzer, Jennifer Priessnitz, Samantha Rapanos, Dashia Rolfe, Kayla Simon, Caleb Somerville, Kara Staten, Angela Steih, Taylor Todd, Parker Thorson, Anna-Lourdes (Lou) Torres, Samuel Vokal and Sydney Wynne

Ogemaw – Amber D'Arcy, Simmons Hannah, Jamie Hughey, Raylin Ludwig, Madison Tousigna and Courtney Tyler

Saginaw – Alexandra Barrett, Shannon Coughlin, Kayla Dye, Kimberly Gowenlock, Steven Hermann, Upender Singh, Aiden Van Loo, Alexis Vicenzi and Benjamin West

Examples of the health professions being pursued by these individuals include anesthesia, behavioral health counseling, dentistry, nursing, medicine, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physician assistant, physical therapy, radiology, social work, sonography and speech therapy.

The Bernard F. and Melissa Anne Bailey Family Fund was initiated through a $3.3 million bequest left by Bernard Bailey to MyMichigan in 2004. Since Mr. Bailey’s bequest was placed in an endowment, a portion of the income earned from the fund is awarded annually to qualified individuals. More than 1,500 students have benefits from their legacy gift.

As lifelong residents of Midland, Bernard and Melissa Anne Bailey’s contributions in business, leadership and philanthropy have made a difference in the community for more than 50 years.

According to their nephew, William Bailey, “As their long and productive lives became more difficult in later years, their appreciation for those in the medical profession became the focal point of their legacy of giving. It was their sincere desire to recognize the contributions of all caregivers and to help those who have the passion to make caring for others their life’s work.”

Applications for the 2023-2024 school year will be accepted from Dec. 1, 2022, through March 1, 2023. Those interested in reviewing the eligibility guidelines, including a scholarship application, may visit www.mymichigan.org/bailey, or call (989) 839-3638. Those interested in additional scholarship opportunities may visit www.mymichigan.org/scholarships.