Published on July 12, 2019

More than $200,000 Awarded in Health Care Scholarships to Area Students

Under the stewardship of the MidMichigan Health Foundation, $200,850 has been awarded to 158 students for the 2019-2020 school year from The Bernard F. and Melissa Anne Bailey Family Fund.

More than $2 million in total has been awarded in scholarship funds by the Bailey Family Fund to assist students as they pursue a career in health care since it began offering scholarships in 2005.

The following students have received scholarships for the upcoming school year:

  • Alcona – DeLynn Greentree
  • Alpena – Amanda Radocy, Ami Milligan, Amy Northrup, Angela Soltysiak, Connor Freel, Georgeia Kolokithas, Joshua Oliver, Maia Haske, Mary (Molly) Schmidt, Mylee Girard, Taylor Genschaw
  • Bay – Alexandra Davis, Brooke Fenner, Emily Mayer, Joyce Gee, Kayla McCann, Kaylee Meyers, Kendra Strawn, Madison Laney, Megan Novak
  • Clare – Danielle Davis, Elizabeth Martin, Katelynn Simon, Mallory Silamianos, Melissa Blain, Nick King, Paige Gillie, Tiffini Jarstfer
  • Gladwin – Cara Andrist, Jordan Williams, Kamah Ellena, Karrie Mungin, Megan Johnson, Roxanne Perras, Sheri Pawlowski, Sierra Thomas, Tracey Pannill, Victoria Duke
  • Gratiot – Cassandra Ross, Dawn Malek, Erica Easlick, Jeri Brown, Joseph Wilson, Karen Skeith, Katrinna Hedrick, Linda Solomon, Nikole Shaw, Steven Moore
  • Isabella – Alexis Vicenzi, Alyvia Karcher, Amber Simonye, Cassandra Moore, Deborah Fox, Erin White, Jamie MacDonald, Jazcinda Jorgensen, Jennifer Badour, John Andraka, Jordan Moore, Judith Fleming, Kellie Warner, Naomi Demski
  • Midland – Alexis Hammond, Alicia Wietfeldt, Alizabeth Stein, Amanda Hermanns, Amie Munger, Amy Tesolin-Gee, Andrew Piegols, Annalise Wohlford, Ashley Wejrowski, Ashley Krebs, Austyn Otten, Bailey Ledy, Blair Sauter, Brent Oldham, Brittany Bauer, Brook Schultz, Caitlin Wetekamp, Cara Mitrano, Carly Cummer, Casey Patnode, Catherine Salman, Christine Moline, Christine Mooney, Colleen Markel, Corinne Barnard, Cynthia Hancock, Danielle Purtell, Emilie Pretzer, Emily Collick, Emma Wolf, Eric Houk, Haley Heldt, Hannah Heldt, Holly Thielen, Jackson Goethe, Jacob Poliskey, Jacob Guettler, Jamie Kennedy, Jamie Stevenson, Jennafer Hand, Jennifer Mast, Jessica Jones, Jessica Gable, Joseph McCumber, Karissa McLaughlin, Katelyn Woods, Kayla Mayhew, Kimberly Roberson, Kourtney Garno, Kyle Sproull, Lindsey DeFrancesco, Mackenzie Aspiranti, Madison Mantyla, Mariah Rubenacker, Marissa Palmer, Mary Anne Stone, Mary Jo LaRue, Matthew Longuski, Maximilian Volk, Morgan Varadi, Rachel Reardon, Riley Bell, Riley Andridge, Ryan Stone, Ryan Kantak, Sarah Brief, Sheila Tripp, Sherry Velasco, Stacy Brown, Sydney Gross, Tina Mason, Trisha Hatt
  • Ogemaw – Jeanann Kaiser, Sydney Alexander
  • Roscommon – Emily MacDonald, Stephen MacDonald, Tammy MacDonald
  • Saginaw – Abigail Zielke, Amy Nurnberg, Catherine Nickell-Simpson, Jessica Fodrocy, Joy Schultz, Kevin Gilbert, Mackenzie Allen, Marissa Strasel, Martin Weaver, Melissa Lee, Stacey Wallace, Taylor Herring 

Examples of the health professions being pursued by these individuals include anesthesia, nursing, medicine, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physician assistant, physical therapy, radiology, respiratory therapy and speech therapy.

The Bernard F. and Melissa Anne Bailey Family Fund was initiated through a $3.3 million bequest left by Bernard Bailey to MidMichigan in 2004. Since Mr. Bailey’s bequest was placed in an endowment, a portion of the income earned from the fund is awarded annually to qualified individuals. More than 1,000 students have benefits from their legacy gift.

As lifelong residents of Midland, Bernard and Melissa Anne Bailey’s contributions in business, leadership and philanthropy have made a difference in the community for more than 50 years.

According to their nephew, William Bailey, “As their long and productive lives became more difficult in later years, their appreciation for those in the medical profession became the focal point of their legacy of giving. It was their sincere desire to recognize the contributions of all caregivers and to help those who have the passion to make caring for others their life’s work.”

Applications for the 2020-2021 school year will be accepted from Dec. 1, 2019, through March 1, 2020. Those interested in reviewing the eligibility guidelines, including a scholarship application, may visit, or call (989) 839-3638. Those interested in additional scholarship opportunities may visit