Romeo High School 2020 graduate Gavin Kirsch proudly displays his Barbara Faye scholarship notice, in his Cap and Gown. Gavin is headed to Ferris State University to study Construction Management.
Below is a Gavin’s reply to Sandbox Foundation advisors.
I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for choosing me as the recipient of the Barbara Faye Scholarship. It is a great honor that you have chosen me out of all of the qualified applicants. I feel greatly blessed to receive this generous scholarship in order to further my education. I look forward to having the opportunity to meet with you so I may thank you in person.
I would like to thank you so much for this opportunity. I very much look forward to being able to thank you in person for such a generous contribution to my education. It means a great deal to myself and my family that there are foundations like yours looking out for the futures of students like me. I am so very excited to be spending my next four years at a place like Hope where everyone is a family and community is so important. I chose Hope because it reminded me so much of my home in Romeo. I have attached a photo from my first official visit to Hope where I immediately knew that Hope would be my place for the next four years.
I am honored to be selected as a recipient of such a generous foundation. The Kuchenmeister family continues to bless my family, allowing me to continue pursuing my higher education. I have applied to numerous scholarships and never heard back. With this foundation, my voice and my financial concerns are heard. Thus, my dream to become a practicing lawyer can be achieved. Words cannot describe the gratitude I have for the Kuchenmeister family. I am thankful to both Mr. and Mrs. Kuchenmeister and to God for introducing us. Their generosity inspires me, and I look forward to applying such kind and generous morals throughout my personal life. In light of the current economic situation with COVID-19, this scholarship is especially touching. I am so grateful for this opportunity, thank you again to the Kuchenmeister family for this generous gift.
Sandbox Foundation advisors proudly announce 2020 Scholarship recipients.
2020-1 Inspiration Scholarship: Brooke Bennett
2020-2 Inspiration Scholarship: Lillian Schneider
2020 Barbara Faye Scholarship: Gavin Kirsh
2020 Wayne Scholarship: Dominic Giancarli
These high school seniors have earned scholarships to assist in first year college or trade school expenses. Scholarship/Grants are normally announced during HS Honors Night ceremonies. Unfortunately, COVID-19 pandemic Stay-at-Home orders have cancelled ceremonies for all of these recipients. The foundation notified all of this year’s winners by email on May 9, 2020.
Continuing Scholarships for 2020 are being awarded to:
Natalie Mladenovik and Parker Brown
Continuing Scholarship recipients typically join foundation advisors at the Wine and Cheese fundraiser, held annually on the Friday before Mother’s Day. Unfortunately, this year’s event has been postponed due to COVID-19 Stay-at-Home orders as well. Foundation advisors anticipate rescheduling the event later this year.
The foundation receives it’s first update from Audrey Fouts;
I am into my second semester here at Saginaw Valley State University. I have more classes this semester requiring more study time. Classes are going great and I am keeping my grades up. I was granted early admission into the College of Education and expect to start those classes in the next two semesters. I love living on campus for the convenience of classes, study groups, and all of the activities they offer! I am getting involved on campus through various volunteer opportunities. One group I am involved in is called Cardinal to Cardinal where we mentor other students.
I am very thankful for the Kuchenmeister family and Sandbox Foundation for providing me with this scholarship, giving me the opportunity to attend SVSU. I have been able to focus on school without the burden of financial needs. Thank you for being a part of my success in college. Go Cardinals!
Austen shows off MSU to two of his visiting cousins.
The following is a January 2020 update from Austen: College has been nothing short of an incredible experience so far! I was recently accepted into the Information Technology school where I will receive my IT minor eventually. With these Information Technology classes I have become proficient in coding and website design. As far as my major goes, I have been cranking out accounting classes each semester and it has put me ahead of schedule, I will graduate next spring with 150 credits rather than the regular bachelors degree requirement of 120 credits. The C.P.A. exam requires that you have 150 credits. That is the reason I have loaded up on classes each semester. I am still a member of the Honors college and the NCAA wrestling team at MSU. I currently have a 3.7 GPA.
As far as this summer goes, I have locked down an internship with ZFTRW a tier-1 automotive supplier back home (Romeo, MI). Recently, I have been working on the creation of an app that helps individuals “break the ice” with others. I will keep you updated on this project my partner and I have recently taken on. This idea has introduced me to a ton of resources around campus, and really opened my eyes to all the resources that a college campus has to offer.
Time has been flying by. I can’t believe I will be a senior soon. I appreciate you and the Sandbox Foundation and appreciate all that you have done for me!
I am currently a second year student at Oakland University—but with the advanced placement credits I acquired at Romeo High School, and being a year round student, I am a year ahead in my studies. This means my next semester at O.U. will be a lighter load as I need only nine more credits to apply to Wayne State’s Law school. I work two jobs which has definitely sharpened my time management skills. I am still in the process of finding a political and legal internship which I hope to pursue in the spare time from my lighter school load. The summer of 2020 will be spent hovering over books as I plan to take my Law Schools Admission Test in the early fall in order to have my score in advance to my Wayne State application due on June 1st 2021. I am very excited for all the future has to offer me. It is very exhilarating knowing my hard work will soon pay off.
I am most of all grateful for the Kuchenmeister family and Sandbox Foundation for having endorsed my education. Without their kind help, I would not be able to have gotten so far ahead of my graduating class in such a short period. This opportunity presented by their family has allowed me to remain focused on my course work and less stressed on my tuition payments. It has made a tremendous difference in my college experience, I am forever grateful for their help.
Editor’s note: Natali first received a 2018 Kuchenmeister Family Scholarship. She then received a 2019 Sandbox Foundation Continuing Scholarship.
Natali Mladenovik is a 2019 Continuing Scholarship recipient. She qualified to apply by earning the 2018 Kuchenmeister Family Scholarship awarded at Romeo HS Honors night 2018. Natali was unable to attend this year’s fundraiser, due to her intense work schedule, as she self-funds her education. Below is an update from Natali, who certainly epitomizes the inspired, hardworking, principled kind of student this foundation looks to reward.
I have officially completed my first year at Oakland University. School has been busy between my courses and work, but nonetheless rewarding. My grade point average is now at 3.78, which I only aspire to raise. I am following the OU 3+3 program, which allows me to graduate a year ahead of my peers and be admitted directly into a law school. This summer I have enrolled full time to further persist my education, this will then in total put me a year and one semester ahead of my graduating class. I am actively searching for an internship next winter and seeking research opportunities. I am a member of Pi Sigma Alpha and Alpha Lambda Delta. I have put off clubs my first year to build up my grade point average and focus on my courses. I am already preparing myself for my Law Schools Admissions Tests, by having taken a practice one ran by Wayne State Law and my own independent studies. The Kuchenmeister Scholarship, as well as Oakland University, have presented me with plentiful opportunities which I am gratefully pursuing. Without the kind help offered by the foundation, I would not have otherwise been able to take as many classes and seek the full potential of my first year as a college student. I continue to praise God for having blessed me with the kindness of the Kuchenmeister family and the motivation to strive above dreams, my family and I are eternally grateful for this opportunity.