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Ben Mitchell

Ben Mitchell
Mechanical Engineering '06

Ben Mitchell grew up in a devout household in the central Upper Peninsula of Michigan where emphasis was placed on helping others. He traveled with his father to places such as Kenya and Peru on short-term medical missions. When he was in Kenya, a missionary explained that engineers have the greatest potential to influence the largest number of people. During high school, Ben participated in a youth mission trip to Tijuana. A result of the mission trips, his family decided to adopt three Vietnamese children when he was a junior.

All of these experiences had a great influence on Ben’s outlook on life. He decided to major in mechanical engineering and enrolled at Lake Superior State University. Near the end of his senior year, he decided to volunteer for the Peace Corps to help others.

His two-year commitment began in the fall of 2007 and took Ben to Burkina Faso in western Africa. He resides in the village of Tansila, population 3,000, approximately 10 km from the Mali border. His host organization is the local cotton growers union. It works cooperatively with other villages to improve and expand their production techniques. He serves as an agribusiness advisor as a part of the Small Enterprise Development program which helps create market linkages and assists with the advancement of business skills.

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OUT OF COLD, IN TO GOLD – A record number of graduating high school seniors competed for three full tuition scholarships during the fourth annual Laker Gold Scholarship Competition held at Lake Superior State University on Jan. 25 in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. Fifty students wrote competitive essays and were personally interviewed by LSSU faculty, staff and students. They represented Michigan's best, with an average GPA of 3.93 and ACT composite of 29.7. Academic interests included, but were not limited to, engineering, biology, chemistry, criminal justice/fire science, nursing, business, education and liberal arts. LSSU’s Admissions Office will announce who landed the scholarships before the end of February.

A scholarship competition for outstanding students

Lake Superior State University invites academically talented high school students to compete for major scholarships to LSSU. These distinctive scholarships are in addition to the automatic merit scholarships awarded upon admission to Lake Superior State University.

Eligibility:   High School seniors from Michigan who meet our Board of Trustees Distinguished Scholarship criteria are eligible for this competition. If you have a cumulative GPA of 3.80 or higher (based upon your grades earned in grades 9-11) and ACT Composite score of 28 or better, you are eligible. Our Board of Trustees Scholarships are determined by a total point value that is based upon your GPA and ACT scores. You can determine if you qualify by using our scholarship calculator located at www.lssu.edu/finaid/scalc.

Date: Saturday, January 25, 2014  

Registration: Due by Friday, January 10, 2014. Register online today. You may also register by phone by calling the Admissions Office at 1-888-800-LSSU (5778). Photo ID is required at check-in on the day of the event.

Schedule of Events: Click Here (pdf)

Award Consideration and deadlines: 

To be considered for a scholarship at this competition:

  • Apply for admission to LSSU no later than December 1, 2013  if you wish to be considered for scholarships based upon this competition. All supporting materials (including ACT scores) must be received and postmarked by January 10, 2014.
  • Register for the competition by Friday, January 10, 2014. See online link or phone number above.
  • Participate in the competition.
  • Award notification will be made in March.

Scholarship to be awarded:

  • Laker Gold Scholarship:  Full Tuition – renewable  (3 scholarships will be awarded)

Value:  Full tuition per year inclusive of other scholarship awards. Students will also receive partial room and board awarded with their other merit based scholarship ($2,000 minimum).  

For a complete listing of all scholarships available at LSSU:  http://www.lssu.edu/finaid/scholarship.php.

Information About the Event

Competition: The competition will consist of an essay and personal interview. You will be given one hour to write an essay and 15 minutes for the interview. The topic of the essay will be announced at the competition. In addition to the essay and interview, your GPA and ACT/SAT scores will be evaluated. Photo ID is required at registration check-in.

Parents: Parents will have the opportunity to attend a Parent Program while the students are writing their essays. A panel of LSSU staff members will present information and answer questions concerning admission, academic advising, financial aid, housing and residence life, orientation, etc.   

Format: Half-day program including essay competition, personal interview, parents program, campus tours, and dinner. A full schedule of events will be posted on this website within 2 weeks of the competition date.

Congratulations to all of our participants in the 2014 Laker Gold Scholarsip Competition!

The 2014 Laker Gold Scholarship Award recipients are: Caelan Deater from Hickory Corners MI; McKenzie Richardson from Muskegon MI; Taylor Trzasko from North Street MI. Congratulations to each of you and thank you all for joining us for this event and making it such a success!

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