Four Sheboygan County seniors have been awarded four-year, full-tuition scholarships as the newest members of Lakeland College's Sheboygan County Scholars program.
Lauren Bruggink of Oostburg, Brandon Herrin of Plymouth, Shyanne Koski of Random Lake and Dante Williams of Sheboygan North were chosen from a pool of 16 finalists after conducting in-depth interviews with the scholarship committee. They all play extensive leadership roles at their respective schools.
Bruggink, Herrin, Koski and Williams join existing Sheboygan County Scholars and current Lakeland freshmen Zachery Mock (Howards Grove), Emma Schad (Sheboygan Falls) and Matthew Seider (Sheboygan Christian).
Now in its second year, Lakeland's Sheboygan County Scholars program is a leadership-based initiative that awards up to four scholarships each year to high school graduates from the county who carry a grade point average of at least 3.5 or score at least a 27 on the ACT.
Candidates must apply for the scholarship and conduct in-person interviews with the committee. Once they join the Lakeland community, Sheboygan County Scholars will participate in leadership development, which includes one-on-one meetings with area CEOs and other successful professionals.
The program is funded in part by a gift from the Frank G. & Freida K. Brotz Family Foundation. Lakeland also raises fund for the program at its annual Movers & Shakers Gala.
Here's a closer look at Lakeland's second class of Sheboygan County Scholars:
- Lauren Bruggink, Oostburg High – Lauren expects to earn her degree in biochemistry, then attend graduate school before pursuing a career in food sciences. Currently, she works at Sargento as a quality assurance youth apprentice. At Oostburg, Lauren has played varsity soccer and junior varsity volleyball and been active in student council. Other interests include horses and volunteering.
- Brandon Herrin, Plymouth High School – Brandon plans to major in math, but the National Honor Society member is also deeply passionate about psychology and education. An accomplished student thespian, Brandon is an award-winning actor who also excels in forensics. He's the president of “Students for Social Justice,” and was a member of the Plymouth football and track teams.
- Shyanne Koski, Random Lake High School – Shyanne will major in secondary education with the goal of becoming a teacher. An accomplished student and leader, she is the president of her school's chapter of Future Business Leaders of America and secretary for its National Honor Society chapter. She has made it to state in forensics, and earned all-conference honors playing the flute and piccolo. Shyanne is a varsity cross country runner.
- Dante Williams, Sheboygan North High School – Dante, who will major in business administration, is a four-year member and two-time captain of North's regionally recognized drum line. He is a member of Future Business Leaders of America, a former Lakeland College Music Camp award winner and a Blue Ribbon winner for saxophone, piano and drum solos at the Sheboygan County Music Festival. Dante is also a varsity wrestler at North and a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.