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2015 Essay Contest Results

The Michigan Remembers 9-11 Fund is pleased to announce the winners of its 2015 scholarship essay contest for Michigan high school juniors and seniors. The contest is aimed to encourage Michigan youth to research and express their reflections on how the impacts of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks affected them personally, their family members or friends, their communities, or the nation as a whole. This year we were happy to award educational scholarships to three Michigan high school students.

Elizabeth Kusey, a senior at Williamston High School, won the first place scholarship for her essay “Miracles.” Her essay focused on the survivors of the tragic events of 9-11-01. Elizabeth plans to pursue a degree in the dental field, but is undecided on which college in Michigan she will attend in the fall.

Ashley Scheffler, of Haslett, was awarded was awarded the second place scholarship for her essay “Rose on a Grave.” Ashley is currently in her first year of the Early College Program at Lansing Community College. She plans to achieve a degree in physics/engineering by the spring of 2018.

Brennan Dufrin, a senior at Williamston High School, was awarded honorable mention for his essay “Caught off Guard.” He plans to attend college in the fall to study business, but is currently undecided on where he will enroll.

The winners were awarded their scholarships at a ceremony held on December 1, 2015 at the offices of Anderson Economic Group, LLC in East Lansing.


Pictured from left to right are: Executive Director Megan Henriksen; Board Member Scott Watkins; Essay Winners Brennan Dufrin and Elizabeth Kusey; and Founder Patrick Anderson.

*Not pictured: Ashley Scheffler