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Lusk Albertson gifts $10,000 in scholarships to high school seniors



Lusk Albertson, an education law firm with offices in Detroit and Grand Rapids, has awarded its “Launch Scholarships” to four graduating high school students.  Each will receive $2,500 from the firm to assist with college costs.

Lusk Albertson established the scholarships to recognize high academic achievement, community involvement, and exceptional leadership qualities exemplified by high school seniors in a school district represented by the firm.

This year, there were more than 300 applications.  The selection committee awarded scholarships to:

—Marwan Bazzi – Dearborn High School (Dearborn Public Schools). Bazzi will be attending the University of Michigan in the college of Literature, Science and the Arts.  He is interested in working on “any research that might play a role in the betterment of society,” and hopes to be a pediatric oncologist or cardiologist. In addition to an impressive academic record, he leaves an impressive legacy of community service.

 —Gavriella Light – Harrison High School (Farmington Hills Public Schools). Light will attend the University of Michigan to pursue her passion for helping individuals with cognitive disabilities, majoring in neurology. Her service as a Friendship Circle and Beaumont Hospital volunteer honed her interest in the field. Light is active in student council, a member of the National Honors Society and was twice a Michigan HOSA Competition Regional Finalist.

—Michal Ruprecht – Grosse Pointe North High School (Grosse Pointe Public Schools). Ruprecht, who is particularly interested in chemistry and created a Chemistry Club at his school, will also head to Ann Arbor to attend the University of Michigan to study medicine, with the goal of supporting underserved communities. He has already established a name for himself in academic circles by helping create a solution to remove harmful substances in water.

—Chance Stephenson – Groves High School (Birmingham Public Schools). Also attending the University of Michigan this fall, Stephenson plans to studymathematics and political science, focused on one day working on political campaigns and polling. As a student, he has participated in numerous political and voter initiatives, including serving as the Groves’ forensics team captain.

Since 2012, Lusk Albertson has awarded more than $35,000 in scholarships. “Every year, our team is left speechless by these amazing students... But this year’s winners have really set themselves apart,” said Lusk Albertson Partner Kevin Sutton. “The LAunch Scholarship underscores our firm-wide dedication to supporting and celebrating public education; the amazing students, the committed faculty, the dynamic administrators, and the supportive boards of education.”