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The Amanda J. Mierzwa Memorial Fund is seeking 2018 applicants for its college scholarship. One or more scholarships are awarded annually to a female graduate of a Jackson County high school who is majoring (or will major) in a STEM field at the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor. Applicants must apply by no later than May 31st.

The fund is a tribute to a wonderful woman and brilliant scientist who was raised and educated in Jackson County before heading off to college and launching a successful career in neuroscience.  Amanda grew up in Parma and was a graduate of  Western High School, where she was valedictorian of her class.  She earned a bachelor of science in biochemistry from her beloved University of Michigan and a PhD in neuroscience from the New York University School of Medicine.  At the time of her passing at age 34, Amanda was fulfilling her destiny as a research scientist doing primary research in traumatic brain injury at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.  She published numerous academic research papers in various scientific journals.

As a general guideline, recipients will have demonstrated excellent performance in their academic career as well as participation in activities contributing to the betterment of society.

Last year three scholarships were awarded to outstanding local women:

Katelyn Gebhardt, a 2016 graduate of Western High School was awarded a $1,500 scholarship.

Rachel Rudd, a 2016 graduate of Columbia Central High School was awarded a $1,250 scholarship.

Alexandra Nelson, a 2017 graduate of Lumen Christi School was awarded a $1,000 scholarship.

To apply for the scholarship, click here.

More information about Amanda, the scholarship and how you can donate, can be found here.

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