Brianna Steffen receives an Inspiration Scholarship, during LCN’s Honors Convocation

L’anse Creuse North held their annual Honors Convocation on Wednesday, May 22nd. Senior, Brianna Steffan was awarded one of two (LCN) Inspiration Scholarships by the Sandbox Foundation. Brianna was an “experienced recipient” that night, by the time it was Rock’s turn to take the podium. The challenges of her life story and accomplishments are a combination rarely seen together in a single person. Clearly an Inspiration to everyone else, Brianna could not be a more gracious recipient.

A Very Special Me“, according to her mother, Brianna has plans to study Elementary School Teaching at Saginaw Valley State University in the fall.

A second (LCN) Inspiration Scholarship is awarded to Mercedes Nawrocki. Mercedes inspiration comes from her mother’s relentless work to survive the challenges of being a single parent, raising a family. Mercedes has plans to run track at Ohio Christian University next fall. She will be studying Criminal Justice at O.C.U. Unfortunately, Mercedes was unable to attend the LCN Honors Convocation held in the John R. Armstrong Performing Arts Center.

Rock’s presentation at LCN included a brief summary of the Sandbox Foundation, his parents lives and his mother’s (Barbara Faye) story of attending local colleges part-time from his age of six, until her fifty-seventh birthday. It was three days before Barbara Faye’s 57th birthday, when she could finally display her Bachelors degree earned from Rochester Christian College. And certainly, no story from Rock is complete without mentioning is wife Cheryl, whom he met in the halls of LCN, a distraction Rock claimed prevented him from earning any scholarships himself.

Thomas Phillips is surprised, when awarded the 2024 Wayne Scholarship

2024 graduate Thomas Phillips received the Sandbox Foundation’s Wayne Scholarship at Lutheran High North’s honors night, held Monday, May 20th. Within his application and essay, Thomas Phillips described his passion for learning, while including a long list of work and service to others. Thomas anticipates a career as an Actuary, as a method to fulfill his love for working with numbers. Thomas received several other awards during the LHN Honors night.

The Sandbox Foundation’s Wayne Scholarship recognizes applicants with a long history of work and service, while also being inspired to use Judea/Christian Principles to guide their path.

Barbara Faye Scholarship Awarded to Luke Bernthal in 2024

Luke’s plans include registering at either Michigan State University or Oakland University in the fall.  His career choice is focusing on Accounting or Finance.

Foundation advisor Paster Jeff Draeger of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church joined Rock at LHNW for senior honors night to present Luke his scholarship in person.  Ceremonies were held on Wednesday, May 15, 2024.

Foundation is Inspired by Riley McComb’s Success

Dominic DeLaura Scores 2024 Family Scholarship

Dominic DeLaura is the 2024 recipient of the Kuchenmeister Family Scholarship. Dominic will be attending Saginaw Valley State University in the fall, after graduating Romeo High School. Dominic plans to study business and will be joining the SVSU Golf team.

One “Kuchenmeister Family Scholarship” has been awarded annually for more than twenty-five-years to a RHS student who demonstrates a strong work ethic and plan to continue their studies after high school. Recipients of the Kuchenmeister Family Scholarship qualify to apply annually for a Sandbox Foundation Continuing Scholarship.

Anne May receives 2024 Continuing Scholarship

Advisors of the Sandbox Foundation proudly award Anne May the second 2024 Continuing Scholarship Grant. The foundation awards several Continuing Scholarships each year to returning college students who previously received a Kuchenmeister Family Scholarship or a Sandbox Foundation scholarship.

In 2023, Anne graduated high school from Lutheran High North located in Macomb, Michigan. Anne attends Oakland University, while also running Cross-Country and Track for Oakland.  Below, Anne describes his first year at Michigan.

My first year at Oakland University has been amazing! I am majoring in Mechanical Engineering. I have enjoyed my classes so far and I am excited to dive deeper into mechanical engineering classes in the next few semesters. Along with my studies, I am a member of the Oakland University Cross Country and Track team! The team has given me the opportunity to travel, develop many new friendships, have a different college experience, and volunteer with my team at the Meadowbrook Mansion and for a Women and Girls in Sports Day event. I want to thank the Sandbox Foundation and everyone involved for choosing me to receive this continuing scholarship!

Parker Newell receives Continuing Scholarship

Parker Newell receives a Wayne Scholarship

International Academy Okma graduate Parker Newell earns a Sandbox Foundation Wayne Scholarship. Parker intends to enroll at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, School of Engineering for the Fall 2023 semester.

This is the first Sandbox Foundation scholarship awarded a graduate of the International Academy Okma. Parker received notice of his Scholarship by email. Unfortunately, foundation advisors were unable to present Parker’s award in person. Parker has a long history of work and service to the community, including Boy Scouts, Vacation Bible School, Marching Band, and Tutoring. Parker spent a portion of last summer working on his Eagle Scout project.

Cullen Detrick earns a Barbara Faye Scholarship

L’anse Creuse North 2023 graduate Cullen Detrick was awarded a Barbara Faye scholarship from the Sandbox Foundation on Wednesday, May 24th. Cullen is headed to Grand Valley to study mathematics. Cullen’s well rounded essay touched deeply on Work, Service and Inspiration. But it was Cullen’s testament to the ethics he would live by that caught the attention of foundation advisors. Cheryl and Rock went “home again” to present Cullen his scholarship in person.

Anne May becomes the first Lutheran High North recipient

2023 high school graduate Anne May becomes the first Lutheran High North student to earn a Sandbox Foundation Scholarship.

Anne is the recipient of a Barbara Faye Scholarship based on Faith and Principles. Her essay caught the attention of all foundation advisors immediately, making her a unanimous decision during the first round of discussions. Anne’s achievements at school, in church and in sports are a lengthy list of worthy accomplishments. We wish Anne and her family well as she attends college, seeking a Mechanical Engineering degree.