Alex Quinn, a senior at Rockford High School, has won over $150,000 in merit scholarships to the University of Michigan. This includes the Chick Evans scholarship, the Grand Rapids Alumni Association of the University of Michigan scholarship, KFC Colonel’s Scholarship, University of Michigan Regents Scholarship, and the University of Michigan Literature, Science and the Arts (LSA) merit scholarship. The Chick Evans scholarship covers the full cost of tuition and housing, over $80,000. Evans scholars are golf caddies who were selected based on four criteria: a strong caddie record, excellent academics, financial need and outstanding character. The $40,000 LSA scholarship is based on academic talent and motivation, personal achievement, extracurricular activities, state and/or national awards, community service, leadership qualities, and academic potential. Essays and counselor and teacher recommendations are also significant factors in the review process. Top high school seniors are selected to receive the $1,500 Regents Merit Scholarship for outstanding academic achievement, scholarly promise and potential contribution to the University of Michigan community. The $20,000 KFC Colonel’s scholars are selected for entrepreneurial drive, strong perseverance, financial need and commitment to both their education and enriching their communities. The $14,000 Grand Rapids U of M Alumni Club scholarship is part of the largest scholarship program of its type sponsored by an alumni club for any university in the United States. In addition to meeting academic qualifications, students must demonstrate financial need and outstanding citizenship.
Student’s achievements already impressive Alex Quinn, 18, is the son of Allan and Cindy Quinn and brother to Adam and Alysse. Teachers at Rockford High School couldn’t say enough about Alex, and described him as optimistic, helpful, enterprising, sociable, easygoing, scholarly, resourceful, purposeful, attentive, confident, dedicated, discerning and persevering. “Alex assists and tutors others,” they report. He founded a nonpartisan political club, Junior State of America (JSA), designed to promote political awareness and increase political activism. He led a petition drive to help students advocate for resolution to the perpetual school budget crisis. He takes time to befriend newcomers such as foreign exchange students. He provides insightful contributions to classroom discussions and encourages others to speak up and get involved. Among Alex’s activities are mentoring and peer ministry. He is a coach for Special Olympics in track and field and downhill ski, and is a coach for the Cannonsburg Challenged Ski Association, and has been an intern for State Senator Mark Jansen. Alex’s positive can-do attitude is combined with a compassionate spirit. He sees challenges as opportunities for personal growth and strives to achieve his personal best without putting himself above others. This student is open, outgoing, agreeable and a conscientious leader. Alex has a passion for making a positive difference in the lives of others and has delight in pushing the envelope to achieve his personal best. If Alex’s future is indicated by his past achievements, he will go far. He has been a Michigan JSA senator, RHS JSA chapter president, junior class vice president, selected to leadership conferences (JSA Future Leaders, Rotary Life Leadership, Michigan Boys State), and he was one of the first rising freshmen to attend Princeton University JSA summer school and one of the first rising sophomores to attend Georgetown University JSA summer school. Alex was a Samsung American Legion Scholarship finalist, a Michigan Mathematics prize finalist, band section leader in baritone, wind ensemble first chair euphonium, Honor Caddy, Student of the Month as both freshman and junior, winner of the Harvard Book Award, earned an ACT composite of 35, is an advanced placement scholar with honors with a 4.66 GPA, was in District 10 Honors band 2010 and received a First Division rating in District 10 Solo and Ensemble 2011. Alex’s […]