Scholarship Program

32150 Dorsey St. 
Westland, MI  48186

Spring 2019---Current funding does not allow for the continuation of this program.

We were happy to add a new program to the Westland Goodfellows!  It is a scholarship program in honor of long time volunteer Madeleine Schroeder.  Madeleine gave her time freely to the Goodfellows over the course of 40plus years.  She passed away several years ago and we could find no better way to serve her memory than in the advancement of the educuation of students in our city.

Listed below are our 2018 winners.  Future scholarships will be awarded if funding permits.

Wayne Memorial High School Winners

Andreas Julian is our male winner from Wayne Memorial HS.  He was a long time Wayne Westland student.  He volunteered with The Senior Alliance assisting senior citizens in need.  Andreas was captain of his soccer club and works at a local family run pizza place.  He is planning on attending a college, Center for Creative Studies or Kendall College of Art & Design, studying graphic design.

Samantha Martin is female winner from Wayne Memorial HS.  Samantha is a life long Wayne Westland student.  She was a member of the Student Senate and one of their projects was to adopt a family from the Goodfellows for Christmas.  She also participated in Drama and Orchestra.  Samantha is attending either Eastern Michigan or Wayne State U majoring in social work.  We wish her luck in her dreams.

John Glenn High School Winners

Mitchell Richter is male winner from John Glenn.  Mitchell was a member of the National Honor Society, a soccer team captain and local volunteer tutor.  He hopes to attend either UM or MSU in the fall.  His goal is to become a orthopedic surgeon.  He was inspired towards this field due to a soccer injury while playing soccer.  We wish him the best.

Mackenzie Pierson is our female student winner from John Glenn.  Mackenzie was vice-president of the National Honor Society at JG and spearheaded the 2017 toy collection for the Goodfellows at John Glenn.  Her plan is to attend Northern Michigan University and major in chemistry.

​2017 Winners

Wayne Memorial High School Winners

Kayla Powell is our female winner from Wayne Memorial HS.  She has been a longtime volunteer of the Westland Goodfellows and always brings a smile to any of our events.  Kayla was a member of the ROTC and the NHS. She has decided to start her college career at Schoolcraft and is in the honors program there.  She plans on transferring after two years to a university and studying to become a doctor.  We wish her the best in her endeavors.

​Blake Barber is our second winner from Wayne Memorial.  Blake plans on studying to become a paramedic or firefighter.  He hopes to attend Lake Superior State college majoring in Firefighting.  Blake attended the William D. Ford VoTech Center studying and competing in firefighting classes.  He was ranking 4th in the state during a statewide competition and was offered an internship with the Belleville Fire Dept.  Sounds like he is headed for a life of serving the public. 

John Glenn High School Winners

​Alexis Brewster is our winner from John Glenn High School.  She is planning on attending the University of Michigan Dearborn and study biology and anthropology.  She was a member of the National Honor Society and participated in a huge toys drive they held for the benefit of the Goodfellows "No Child Without a Christmas" program.  She is an excellent student and during her senior year participated in a dual enrollment program at UM-D.

​Luke Hausch is our male winner from Glenn.  Luke was a member of the DECA club at Glenn and while participating with that group adopted a couple of families in our Christmas program. He plans on attending Wayne State University and studying medicine or engineering.  Good Luck Luke!

2016 Winners
Wayne Memorial High School Winners

Marisa Sdao is planning on attending the University of Michigan-Dearborn  to pursue a degree in education.  Marisa has demonstrated her desire to help other in many ways, from packing dry meals for her church's "2 Million Meals" campaign, to participating in an Adopt-a-Family program at Christmas, and as a regular volunteer with the Westland Goodfellows.  She also loves to teach and help others achieve their goals and truly wants to make a difference in children's lives by becoming a teacher.  Good Luck Marisa.

Jacob Melcher is the second winner from Wayne Memorial.  He is described by his teachers as a hardworking and outgoing young man who will go out of his way to help others.  Jacob's life long desire to help others led him to enroll in the Firefighter & EMT programs at the William D. Ford Vocational Training Center.  Jacob has been very active in his church, the JROTC program, and as a food bank volunteer.  Jacob intends on enrolling in the Firefighter/Paramedic Program at Schoolcraft Community College in the fall.

John Glenn High School Winners 

Autumn Klips is an amazing young woman with a caring and compassionate heart.  She is a long time volunteer with the Westland Goodfellows.  She is one of the first young people to jump in and help each year at Christmas Distribution weekend.  Autumn was a part of the H.O.S.A. program at William D. Ford Vocational Center where they have adopted 12 children for Christmas last season.  We wish her the best of luck pursuing her dream of becoming a nurse practitioner while attending the University of Michigan.

Stephen Hegenauer is our final winner for 2016.  While he is an excellent student, maintaining a 3.5 GPA, he is also a thoughtful and giving volunteer in his spare time.  He has worked as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army, coaching and refereeing younger children in hockey and basketball, and also works with his church youth group attending to those in need in the Detroit area by packing food boxes and helping in a soup kitchen.  Stephen is attending Albion College this fall with a goal of becoming a Pediatrician.  Good luck Stephen.

Listed below are our 2014 winners.   Future scholarships will be awarded if funding permits.

Wayne Memorial High School Winners:

Adam Davis is a very dedicated student, achieving straight A’s throughout his high school career.  His admitted “fascination” with science and chemistry has compelled him to pursue an education in the medical field.  His college choices are University of Michigan, Wayne State, Harvard and Princeton.  While excelling in school, Adam has also participated in several organizations and events including “Students Against Destructive Decisions” and “Teaching Tolerance Together”.  He is also a volunteer with Forgotten Harvest. 

 Audeya Seaton describes herself as courageous and out-going, and states that succeeding is the most important thing to her.  She quotes Bill Cosby, “In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.”  Growing up seeing her mother struggle to pay bills added to her desire for success.  Volunteering within her community, her church, and with activities for the elderly at the nursing home has allowed her to achieve another important desire – giving back and helping her community.  Audeya has decided to pursue a degree in the Medical field, and hopes to become a pediatrician because she enjoys working with children and helping people in need.

 John Glenn High School Winners:

Jacob McDougall is described as a very determined student with a great desire to help others.  He has achieved perfect attendance at school each of the last 6 years and has volunteered wherever he could, mostly with his church and school.  Jacob’s volunteerism includes being a bell ringer for the Salvation Army, collecting hats, gloves and games for children and collecting food during food drives.  He enjoys helping others and “lending a hand whenever possible”.  Jacob has participated in the firefighter and EMT program through school and ranked 4th in the state Skills USA Michigan State Conference for Firefighting.  He plans to obtain his EMT license and go to college to become a Paramedic/Firefighter.

Elizabeth Patton has always had a love for all types of animals and started volunteering at an animal shelter as soon as she was old enough.  An active 4-H member since the age of 7, she enjoys showing her horse and riding in competition even though she was the only member of John Glenn’s Varsity Equestrian Team.  Elizabeth enjoys volunteering at the Wayne County Fairgrounds and especially at Stepping Stones Therapeutic Riding Program, where she recently donated her own horse.  Elizabeth has dealt with a difficult childhood and low income lifestyle but has big dreams and high hopes for her future.  She plans to major in Biology and then complete a four year Veterinarian program.  Her goal is to become a large animal veterinarian and open her own clinic someday.

Westland Resident but Non-District Winner:
Livonia Franklin’s Michelle Tuyo is a dedicated student with a desire to help others.  She has always known that she would pursue a career of service to humanity, but it was through the tragic loss of her Mother, when she was just 16 years old, that Michelle realized her desire to enter the medical profession.  While she has excelled academically, her leadership position as Senior Class President and her passion for serving others has allowed her to organize community service events and charity fundraisers for both Mott Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Hospital Oncology Program at DMC.  She has balanced this with a rigorous course load, captain of the Franklin Girl’s Soccer Team, two part time jobs, active membership in her church’s youth group, and participation in numerous other charity and community events.

2013 Winners:

Wayne Memorial High School Winners:

Dillon Bowles is a very enthusiastic young man who has overcome significant personal and family struggles to achieve much success in his high school career.  With a GPA of 3.6 and winner of the John Philip Sousa Award for Marching Band, Dillon credits his church as his greatest source of inspiration and hope for the future.  Serving as a Student Leader with his youth group, mentoring younger teens, and serving at soup kitchens has inspired him to seek a degree in youth ministry and missions work at Spring Arbor University.  His goal is to help others find the hope he was given so they too can persevere. 

 Emily Best is a hard working young woman who believes “education is the door to your future”.  A member of the Marching Band and recipient of an Academic Letter for her 3.5 GPA, Emily has also worked to earn her own money and credits her parents for their “excellent job raising her to be a responsible young adult”.  Emily gives to her community as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army and participates in the Youth Group and Sunday School at her church.  Her passion for education and love of children has compelled her to seek a degree in Early Childhood Education and she will start out at Schoolcraft College.

 John Glenn High School Winners:

Carl Hudgins is a very conscientious and hardworking young man, both in school and in the community.  He has achieved a GPA of 3.97, taken several AP classes, and has volunteered for many charity events through his church and within our community.  These include Relay for Life, John Glenn’s Bright Futures and Westland’s Safety Night.  He also participated in Westland’s Dr. Martin Luther King’s Holiday celebration.  Carl is creative and enjoys design and plans to pursue a degree in Civil Engineering and Architecture in order to construct “safe and well-designed” buildings.  He has been accepted at U of M, Michigan State and Wayne State.

Jenna Redden is the youngest of 4 daughters, who believes what one of her sisters told her, “If you don’t work hard at school, you won’t get anywhere in life”.  Jenna has received a Varsity Letter for Soccer, achieved a GPA of 3.8, and has participated in many community events with the Police Explorers program, including representing them at a competition in Alpena, MI.  She has been accepted at Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan and Oakland University.  She has 2 possible career interests that both involve her goal of helping people.  The first choice is nursing, like her mother and aunt, the second is Law Enforcement.

Westland Resident but Non-District Winner:
Lutheran High Westland’s Angela Morrison is a dedicated student with a passion to teach secondary education.  Her goal is to make a positive difference in her student’s lives, as her teachers have done for her.  Volunteering at the Westland Library, with Girl Scouts and at many other church and community events has also influenced her career choice.  She loves Chemistry and Physics and believes “high school is one of the most pivotal moments” in a child’s life.  Angela has achieved a 4.0 GPA and received her Varsity Letter in Girls Basketball.  She has been accepted at Albion College and the University  of Michigan.