Michigan Senate Dems announce scholarship competition winners

The Senate Democratic Caucus announced the three winners of the #mi2020 Scholarship Competition this week.

Michigan high school seniors were asked to submit a short Web video that explains the importance of investing in higher education and how the Senate Democrats’ Michigan 2020 Plan to offer free college tuition to all students is the right investment for our state to make.

Spencer Genrich of Wyandotte won first place, and will receive a $10,000 scholarship. The second place prize of $2,500 went to Sara-Jane Dakroub of Rochester Hills, while Nathan Douglas of Bloomingdale will receive $1,000 for taking third place.

The winning videos can be viewed at www.michigan2020.com/competition.

“I congratulate Spencer, Sara-Jane and Nathan on their winning entries and am excited that we can help them pursue a college education,” Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer, D-East Lansing, said. “This video competition gave students across the state the opportunity to demonstrate their creativity and show us why investing in their futures is investing in our own. Their entries made it clear that the challenges of paying for college are not unique geographically, politically or even economically, and show the importance of passing the Michigan 2020 Plan to help all of our kids go to college for free.”

The three winners were determined by a combination of a public vote and the votes of a panel of judges that included an educator, a public relations practitioner and a recent college graduate.