50th Anniversary Scholarships


To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of GLP, we asked educators across Michigan and Texas to nominate the most deserving students for $1,000 scholarships to be used toward their college education.

See what teachers had to say about these 12 very special students.


Dakota Passage

International Technology Academy – Pontiac, MI
  • Entered Harvard University, Fall of 2019.
  • Valedictorian of his graduating class.
  • Flawless GPA, National Honors Society member, and part-time General Motors Intern.
  • Active member and leader of ITA’s FIRST Robotics since freshman year.

Jessica Vandermaas

Lakeview High School – St. Clair Shores, MI
  • Excelled academically despite a hearing impairment and was one of her school’s most gifted writers.
  • Featured multiple times in the local city newspaper. She annually has a story published in our local paper: The Macomb Daily.
  • Editor-in-chief of high school newspaper.
  • Entered Michigan State University, Fall of 2019.

Hannah Stiffler

Williamston High School – Williamston, MI
  • Lost her mom unexpectedly to a heart problem her freshman year.
  • Maintained a 3.8 GPA, member of the Nation Honor Society, earned 12 college credits her senior year.
  • Maintained a job in high school and has been an outstanding role model to her younger sister.
  • Entered Alma College, Fall of 2019.

LaJoya Brown

Carver STEM Academy – Detroit, MI
  • The youngest recipient of our scholarship
  • Graduated at the top of her middle school class.
  • Volunteers to help students with lower grades improve their scores.
  • Wants to become a personal assistant.

Thomas Strunk

Yale High School – Yale, MI
  • Participates in numerous extra-curricular programs and earned four Varsity letters.
  • Mentor in the PASS program, which allows him to act as a mentor to freshmen transitioning to high school.
  • Member of the National Honor Society, Volunteers through a number of community service opportunities in the area, as well as through multiple mission trips with his church.
  • Entered St. Claire Community College, Fall of 2019

Jade Bourne

Keller High School – Keller, TX
  • Nationally-ranked debate team member with several local wins.
  • Recognized by the National Speech and Debate Association as an All American.
  • Received a prestigious award in Keller School district for social awareness
  • Entered Howard University, Fall 2019

Jonathan Ortega

Thurgood Marshall High School – Fort Bend, TX
  • Distinguished, reverential, honor-roll student.
  • His teachers say he’s “the first person to raise his hand to volunteer.”
  • Helped to support his family financially throughout high school. Worked with his father doing various skilled construction, plumbing, and electric jobs.
  • Member of the Thurgood Marshall High School Band

Hazel Gerry

Evan E. Worthing High School – Houston, TX
  • Growing up with limited stability, support and finances, Hazel pushes pass challenging obstacles.
  • In absence of transportation, she walked more than 3 miles to take her SAT Test.
  • Has taken on a parental role for her younger siblings insuring they don’t fall victim to the drug invested and gang populated neighborhood in which they reside.
  • Distinguished scholar and a leader among her peers.

Dashawnna Daniels

Western International High School – Detroit, MI
  • The first in her family to attend college.
  • Entered Western Michigan University, Fall of 2019.
  • Worked outside school to save for her college education.
  • Completed an internship program at Quicken Loans. Aims to graduate with a major in business.

Nyah Phillips

John Glenn High School – Westland, MI
  • Founder of the Annual Hygiene Drive and social movement at John Glenn High School.
  • Alumni of the Distinguished Young Women program where she earned awards in fitness, interviews, and performance.
  • Member of the STEP/dance team, Track & Field team, Female African American Scholars, Champions Program, and Girlz in Tune.
  • Entered Michigan State University, Fall of 2019.

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