Scholarship Information

 

Photos by Jennifer Gomori, MAFF Editor                                                                                       Stuart Raider of the Raider Dennis Agency (left), a V.I.P. Sponsor of the Carl Parsell Memorial Scholarship Golf Outing, presents Lily Campbell a 2019 Carl Parsell Scholarship. Lily's parents are MAP member Jason Campbell (right) and Melissa Campbell.

 

2019 Carl Parsell Scholarships awarded to law enforcement, medical field students

By Jennifer Gomori, MAFF Editor

Stuart Raider (from left) presents Brennan Surman with his 2019 Carl Parsell Scholarship. His mother is MAP member Ashley Zoltowski.

Two college-bound students, who are planning careers in law enforcement and the medical field, were honored with $2,500 Carl Parsell Scholarships during the 29th Annual Carl Parsell Memorial Golf Outing on June 13, 2019 at Links of Novi.

Lily Campbell of Brownstown is pursuing her dream of helping others through medicine and Brennan Surman of White Lake is following in his parents’ footsteps in public safety. Their 2019 scholarships will help them accomplish those goals.

The Carl Parsell Scholarship Fund was established in 1991 to continue the legacy of Parsell, a law enforcement union movement pioneer, by improving the lives and futures of others, through education. Scholarships are awarded each year to Michigan family members of Michigan Association of Police (MAP), Michigan Association of Public Employees (MAPE) and Michigan Association of Fire Fighters (MAFF) union members.

In its 29th year, $125,500 in Carl Parsell Scholarships have been awarded to help students obtain a college education. Funds for the scholarships are derived from the Annual Carl Parsell Memorial Scholarship Golf Outing.

 

MAFF Executive Director Fred Timpner (left center) congratulates Lily Campbell (right) and her parents, Jason and Melissa Campbell, on her 2019 scholarship.

Pre-pharmacy student fulfilling her dream of helping others with aid of Carl Parsell Scholarship

By Jennifer Gomori, MAFF Editor

Lily Campbell’s plan to pursue a medical career became a lot more focused after visiting Wayne State University. The Carl Parsell Scholar plans to use her $2,500 award to pursue a pre-pharmacy and health sciences degree.

“When I toured Wayne State, my leader was through the pharmacy program and it just sounds like me,” Campbell said. “I want to help people.”

The daughter of MAP member Jason Campbell, a Woodhaven Police Officer, and Melissa Campbell, was awarded the 2019-20 scholarship in June. She graduated Woodhaven High School with a 4.00 GPA and plans to eventually obtain a pharmacy degree in graduate school.

“(The Carl Parsell Scholarship) means a lot to me because pharmacy school and a bachelor’s degree are a lot of money,” Campbell said.

The Brownstown Township resident is off to a great start with scholarships, also receiving a $24,000 scholarship from Wayne State based on her grades and SAT score. Campbell balances her academics with athletics, community service, and work. This summer she’s working to earn money for college as a waitress and new hire trainer at Leo’s Coney Island and a cashier at Ulta Beauty, both in Woodhaven. She also babysits.

“I have participated in multiple school activities during my four years of high school,” Campbell wrote in her application. “I started in Track & Field as a freshman, but later focused on helping others after being inducted into the National Honor Society. I currently hold the rank of green belt in Jiu-Jitsu and sometimes assist in teaching Jiu-Jitsu to police officers.”

Her dad is a black belt in Jiu-Jitsu and instilled a love of martial arts in her from a young age. “She has practiced judo and Jiu-Jitsu since she was four years of age,” wrote Woodhaven Police Officer Brian Baker. “Starting in her teenage years, Lily began assisting in teaching Jiu-Jitsu to female police recruits, called Police Explorers. It appears that Lily brings as much commitment, patience and teaching ability to the Jiu-Jitsu mat as she does to the school classroom.”

As National Honor Society Treasurer, Campbell was involved in community service activities, including raking leaves for neighbors of Bates Elementary, and was a National Society of High School Scholars member. She served as a Howell Nature Center camp counselor for Bates Elementary fifth graders and tutored Bates Elementary and Woodhaven High School students. Campbell also wrapped Christmas gifts for families in need through Veterans of Foreign Wars in Monroe and helped package food for needy children through Kids Against Hunger.

 

2019 Scholar Brennan Surman (center) with his mom, MAP member Ashley Zoltowski, is congratulated by MAFF Executive Director Fred Timpner (left) during the 29th Annual Carl Parsell Memorial Golf Outing at the Links of Novi.

Scholar plans to follow parents’ public service example

By Jennifer Gomori, MAFF Editor

Brennan Surman looks up to not only his parents, but his step-parents in the careers they’ve chosen to pursue for the benefit of society and he plans to use his $2,500 Carl Parsell Scholarship to make them proud.

“Growing up the eldest son of a 911 Dispatcher, a firefighter, stepson of a Police Officer and Emergency Trauma Nurse, I had a unique childhood,” Surman wrote in his scholarship application. “There were trying moments when my parents missed holidays and special events but overall my life in a law enforcement, community service-based family has been rewarding and full of pride.”

Surman of White Lake Township is the son of MAP member and Waterford Township 911 Dispatcher Ashley Zoltowski and Anthony Surman of Waterford. He will be attending Michigan State University studying Criminal Justice.

“Being awarded the Carl Parsell Memorial Scholarship would greatly assist me and my parents in helping fund my education at Michigan State University (MSU), ultimately putting me one step closer to my dream of pursuing a career in law enforcement,” Surman wrote.

“I’m very honored and proud to receive it and I’ll do my duty with it,” Surman said. “After graduation, I look forward to continuing to serve my community just as my parents have.”

Surman graduated Lakeland High School with a 4.17 GPA and was awarded a $1,000 MSU Competitive Scholarship. The National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society member received awards for Perfect Attendance three years in a row, Academic Excellence all four years, DECA Award of Excellence, was Delegate at Michigan DECA’s State Career Development Conference and was on Homecoming Court.

On the high school Baseball Team four years, he was Freshman Co-Captain and earned a Scholar Athlete Award and Block L Baseball Leadership Award for being one of seven leaders on the Varsity Team, who helped manage 70 players. He also received the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association Academic All-District Award, a Tommy Award for hardest working player on the team, and Junior Varsity and Varsity awards.

He was a LINK Crew mentor for freshman high school students for two years. As a Lakeland Student Leadership member, he organized student activities such as Homecoming, assisting with Milford Memories Community Fair fundraisers and Holiday Hope for Kids. The Junior Optimists International Club member helped with the float for Milford Memories Parade. He participated in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk at Lakeland High School and was Teen Ambassador for American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure 2015. He also participated in fundraisers for Oxbow Elementary School.

Surman worked three different places during high school and is earning money for college this summer working at Brentwood Golf Course in White Lake Township as a Cart Boy.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS & CHECKLIST

Please follow the application instructions carefully. If you do not understand an instruction, call The Carl Parsell Scholarship Fund (248 509-7160) for guidance.

Download the application form.

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Candidates must submit an original Application Form, signed by the applicant and fully completed. Please do not leave any question blank. If you cannot answer a question, you may fill in the blank with "None," "Zero," or "N/A" where appropriate.
  2. Application responses must be typed or printed legibly. Applications not legible will be disqualified for scholarship consideration.
  3. Scholarship Applicants should submit applications on the forms available (or photocopies of these forms). Application forms may be obtained through Scholarship Fund at (248) 509-7160.
  4. Candidates may submit additional information and/or documentation along with their application (for example: copies of letters of recommendation, awards, scholarships, personal accomplishments, school transcripts, etc.). Please do not send originals, as we are unable to return.
  5. The application must be written in English and all supporting documents must be in English or translated into English.
  6. Please take the time needed to prepare your written responses. The quality and relevance of your writing may be one of the top determining factors for earning this scholarship award.
  7. Candidates should consider the time needed to mail the application. Completed applications (along with any supporting documents) must be received by The Carl Parsell Scholarship Fund no later than March 1, 2019. Applications may be mailed, faxed, or shipped to: The Carl Parsell Scholarship Fund, 667 E. Big Beaver Rd., Suite 109, Troy, MI 48083. Fax: 248-509-7176 or Phone: 248-509-7160. 
  8. Make sure the Certification page is signed and included with your application. Please note: All applications and supporting materials become the property of The Carl Parsell Scholarship Fund, and as such, will not be returned. By submitting an application, the applicant accepts the conditions stated in this document.

AWARD SELECTION CRITERIA

The Carl Parsell Scholarship Selection Committee may base awards on academic achievement and potential, character, leadership, social awareness, career goals, financial need, will to succeed, and public service/community involvement.

IMPORTANT DATES

March 1, 2019

Deadline for receipt of applications for the Carl Parsell Scholarship Fund 2019 competition.

March and April 2019

Scholarship Selection Committee begins the selection process.

May 2019

Scholarship Selection Committee meets to conclude the scholarship selection process.

June 2019

Scholarship recipients have been notified of their status. 2019 Carl Parsell Scholarship winners are formally recognized during the 29th Annual Carl Parsell Memorial Golf Outing.

July and August 2019

The Carl Parsell Scholarship Fund mails Scholarship checks to each Scholar's college or university.

APPLICATION DEADLINE AND MAILING

Please consider the time needed to mail your application. To be eligible, completed applications (along with any supporting documents) must be received by The Carl Parsell Scholarship Fund no later than March 1, 2019. Applications may be mailed, faxed, emailed or shipped to the address specified below.

The Carl Parsell Scholarship Fund
667 E. Big Beaver Rd., Suite 109, Troy, MI 48083
Fax: 248-509-7176 Phone: 248-509-7160
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CONTACT INFORMATION

For further information about the scholarship, please contact Ms. Julie Palmquist at any of the following: Telephone: 248-509-7160
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The Carl Parsell Scholarship Fund

667 E. Big Beaver Rd., Suite 109, Troy, MI 48083

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of The Carl Parsell Scholarship Fund is to assist members and their families who are motivated to improve society by enhancing their future careers through a college education.

INTRODUCTION

Carl Parsell is rightfully remembered as the architect of modern-day police labor relations, as well as the preeminent pioneer of the law enforcement union movement. It would be nearly impossible to write a history of police unions without spotlighting him in the leading role. Carl spent an unparalleled career thinking about the welfare of the employees he represented, always taking effective actions to constantly improve their economic status, working conditions, and future. Known for his many accomplishments, Carl was greatly respected and set a tremendous example for all.

Those who knew Carl still embrace his strength and continue to put his beliefs to work. The Carl Parsell Scholarship Fund, established in 1991, honors Carl's memory in the most appropriate way possible; by continuing his legacy of improving the lives and futures of others, through education.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Carl Parsell Scholarships are awarded to deserving college bound students who desire assistance with their college tuition. Those benefiting from this program are the families of MAP, MAPE, and MAFF union members.

Carl Parsell Scholarships may be used to cover a portion of educational expenses, including tuition, living expenses, and other required fees during the 2019-2020 school year. Scholars may use the award to attend any United States accredited university, college, community college, junior college, two or four year accredited degree-granting institution, or vocational training institution that grants a certification or license.

Funds derived from the Carl Parsell Memorial Scholarship Golf Outing determine the number of scholarships to be awarded annually. The maximum award available per student is $2,500 (two thousand five hundred dollars).

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible to compete in The Carl Parsell Scholarship Fund Program,

  • Scholarship candidates must be a resident of the State of Michigan.Scholarship candidates must be a member of, or immediately related to a member of one of the following organizations:
    • Michigan Association of Police, or
    • Michigan Association of Public Employees, or
    • Michigan Association of Fire Fighters
  • Scholarship candidates must have, or will have completed a high school education or its equivalent, on or prior to June 30, 2019.
  • Scholarship candidates must not have been convicted of any misdemeanors or felonies.
  • Scholars must be enrolled at the time of receipt of the scholarship as a full time student in an accredited institution of higher learning. This would include attendance at any United States accredited university, college, community college, junior college, two or four year accredited degree-granting institution, or vocational training institution that grants a certification or license.
  • Applicants must submit their fully completed, signed application to The Carl Parsell Scholarship Fund on or before the March 1, 2019 deadline.

If you have any questions please call The Carl Parsell Scholarship Fund (248 509-7160) for guidance. Important, please note:

  • Benefit determinations are made in a nondiscriminatory manner without regard to religion, race, color, physical or mental disabilities, sexual orientation, height, weight, age, marital status, or national origin of the prospective applicant.
  • MAP, MAPE, and MAFF executive board members, employees, and their families are not eligible to apply.
  • No Carl Parsell Scholarship Fund trustee or any member of The Carl Parsell Scholarship Fund trustee's family (including wife/husband, mother/father, and children/first cousins) shall be eligible for consideration as a recipient.
  • Previous Carl Parsell Scholarship recipients are not eligible. 2019 Scholarship Award(s) must be used for the 2019-2020 school year.
  • Carl Parsell Scholarship awards are paid directly to the college/degree-granting institution on behalf of the scholarship winner(s). Distribution of this fund will be accomplished by the submission of documentation of expenses; whereby, a check will be made out and forwarded to the institution. Award payment is contingent upon each Scholar providing the proper documentation in a timely manner to The Carl Parsell Scholarship Fund. Withdrawing or dropping a class may affect a potential refund as the college, university, or educational institution will be required to refund Carl Parsell Scholarship Awards directly to The Carl Parsell Scholarship Fund.

Scholarship recipients will be notified of their award status on or before June 1, 2019.