Scholarship Information

By Jennifer Gomori, MAFF Editor
Stuart Raider of the Raider Dennis Agency, a V.I.P. Sponsor of the Carl Parsell Memorial Scholarship Golf Outing, with two of the 2017 winners, Anthony W. Pietrzak (center) and Mackenzie Barch (right).

Unions award record number of Carl Parsell Scholarships

By Jennifer Gomori, MAFF Editor

Four college-bound students were honored with 2017-18 Carl Parsell Scholarships - the most recipients in a single year.

The scholars were presented with their $2,500 awards during the 27th Annual Carl Parsell Memorial Golf Outing on June 8, 2017 at Links of Novi.

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.

This year’s scholars are: Mackenzie Barch of Shelby Township, Julia DiTrapani of St. Clair Shores, Anthony W. Pietrzak of Macomb and Bryce Quick of Plymouth.

In its 27th year, $115,500 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.

 

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MAFF Executive Director Fred Timpner (right) awards Mackenzie Barch a Carl Parsell Scholarship during the 27th Annual Carl Parsell Memorial Scholarship Golf Outing June 8, 2017 at Links of Novi.

Sisters honored as Carl Parsell scholars

Mackenzie Barch (center) and her parents, Michele and Peter Barch, attended the Carl Parsell Memorial Golf Outing where Mackenzie was presented her $2,500 scholarship.

By Jennifer Gomori, MAFF Editor

Last year, Meaghan Barch was honored as a Carl Parsell Scholarship winner. This year, her sister Mackenzie Barch is being given the $2,500 award.

Barch, of Sterling Heights, is the daughter of Village of Beverly Hills Public Safety Lt. Peter Barch, a member of MAP. Barch was recently promoted to lieutenant and just retired from the force after 25 years of service.

“I’m going to college out of state, so every last penny counts,” she said. “This (scholarship) comes from something really important to my dad, especially because he had to say goodbye it to last week.”

The Utica Academy for International Studies (UAIS) student has a 3.9 GPA and plans to pursue a pre-medicine degree in Nuclear and Radiological Sciences at University of Florida College of

V.I.P. Sponsor Stuart Raider (left) awards Mackenzie Barch her scholarship while her parents and scholarship winner Anthony W. Pietrzak and his family look on.

Engineering, Gainesville. “As exemplified by my attendance at the UAIS, I will go to great lengths to further my knowledge as an individual,” Barch wrote in her scholarship application. “This scholarship will allow me to attend out-of-state universities in order to pursue my dream of being an HPSP (Health Professions Scholarship Program) Scholar to become a Diagnostic Radiologist for the U.S. Navy.

Barch said if she is accepted into the Navy’s HPSP, the Navy would pay for her medical school costs and she would be able to decide between different job opportunities through the Navy. In the meantime she is doing all she can to set herself apart from her peers.

“I finished my high school diploma my junior year,” Barch said. “I was going for an international diploma.” As an active participant in Creativity/Action/Service with 150 hours of service, she completed a series of requirements including a month-long project, several papers, essays and oral presentations. She will receive college credits for her efforts. “My credits are transferable throughout the world,” Barch said, adding that UAIS is one of the most rigorous schools in Michigan.

V.I.P. Sponsor Stuart Raider (left) awards Mackenzie Barch her scholarship while her parents and scholarship winner Anthony W. Pietrzak and his family look on.“Year after year, the material gets harder and more intense, but Kenzie has risen to the challenge,” wrote Jayme Pfannes, UAIS chemistry teacher. “She even opted to take on Higher-Level International Baccalaureate (IB) Chemistry! It is widely known in the IB community to be one of the hardest, if not the hardest, exams that she will sit for.”

Barch was Vice President of National Junior Honor Society, a National Honor Society member and a Student Senator. She won bronze and silver medals as a National French Language Medalist and performed as a soprano and soloist in the Mixed Chorus. Barch was a Utica High School Varsity Cheerleader, serving four years on the All-Academic team, and an American Youth Soccer Organization player for 11 years and National Team Recruitee.

She is a St. Lawrence Catholic Church Choir member, a Vacation Bible School Preschool Leader for Peace Lutheran for the past seven years, and a St. Vincent de Paul Ladies of Charity Foundation member. “She is often one of the first students to pop in during her lunch period and tutor sophomore chemistry students,” Pfannes wrote. “This is not for community service hours or anything. She does it out of the goodness of her heart. That says a lot for Kenzie and her unselfish demeanor.”

 

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Scholarship winner Anthony W. Pietrzak and his parents MAP member Anthony A. Pietrzak (right) and Susan Pietrzak attended the Carl Parsell Memorial Scholarship Golf Outing where Pietrzak received his award.

Son of MAP member wants to ‘protect and serve’ like his dad

By Jennifer Gomori, MAFF Editor

Carl Parsell Scholarship recipient Anthony W. Pietrzak is not following directly in his dad’s footsteps, but he has the same motivation to protect and serve.

The son of City of St. Clair Shores Police Lt. Anthony A. Pietrzak, who is a member of MAP, plans to use his $2,500 Carl Parsell Scholarship in pursuit of a Cybersecurity degree.

"I have always respected my dad’s profession as a police officer,” Pietrzak wrote in his scholarship application. “This greatly influenced me to protect and serve people in a different way. I want to pursue a degree and career in Information Assurance (Cybersecurity). I plan on attending Macomb Community College for basics and then transferring to Eastern Michigan University, a top-rated school for this field.”

“(The scholarship) is going to be helping me a ton,” Pietrzak said. “It’s mostly going to get me through my first year at Macomb, which is great and allows me to build up more money for Eastern,” he said, adding that classes will get more intense and costly at the university level.

Pietrzak graduated Dakota High School with a 3.65 GPA. A Macomb Township resident, he completed a co-op at Spectrum Wireless in Warren where he placed, prepped and maintained radio communications systems for security for schools, hospitals and police departments. He works at Macomb Township Recreation Center as an attendant helping with the gym, events and checking in members.

In high school, he was a member of National Honor Society, took Advanced Placement (AP) World History and United States History, passing the national tests to earn college credit and took AP Calculus and English Literature in his senior year. A Drama Club member, he performed in four plays. He played alto saxophone in the Marching Band and Wind Ensemble and guitar in Jazz Band. “Wanting to develop my guitar skills further, I attended Rock and Roll Prep School for two years,” he wrote. “The band at this school would perform at various community events including: The Stars and Stripes Festival at Freedom Hill, The Whitney in Detroit, and as the opening act for the Biters in Hamtramck.”

Pietrzak volunteers at community seasonal events hosted by the recreation center, such as Halloween Hoopla and the Tree Lighting Ceremony, and at St. Isidore Catholic Church the past three years during Strawberry Festival, Fish Fry Dinners and the annual Chili Contest. “I feel it is important to help others if they are struggling in any way, especially in school,” Pietrzak wrote. “I have tutored elementary school children in subjects such as history and science. I enjoyed this because it allowed me to see the other side of learning as a teacher, not the student.”

2017 Carl Parsell Memorial Scholarship Golf Outing V.I.P. Sponsor Stuart Raider (left) works with MAP Executive Director Fred Timpner to support local college-bound students in achieving their dreams.
MAP Executive Director Fred Timpner (right) awards Anthony W. Pietrzak his Carl Parsell Scholarship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017 Carl Parsell Scholarship recipient Bryce Quick (center) celebrates her high school graduation with her parents Geralyn Quick and MAPE member Christopher Quick.

Daughter of MAPE member plans career of helping others

By Jennifer Gomori, MAFF Editor

Northville High School student Bryce Quick graduated Summa Cum Laude due to her excellent grades and her focus on helping others is a top priority in her career. Both of these attributes contributed to her becoming a $2,500 Carl Parsell Scholarship recipient.

The daughter of City of Novi Lead Mechanic Christopher Quick, a member of MAPE, graduated with a 3.84 GPA and plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University. “Biomedical Engineering would allow me to combine problem-solving research and engineering for the enhancement of health and healthy lifestyles. Post graduation, I plan to serve in the Peace Corps and help the less fortunate,” Quick wrote in her scholarship application.

A Plymouth resident, she worked two jobs to save for college and served as an unpaid intern at Beaumont Hospital to gain health care experience, providing guidance to visitors and comfort to patients. “The scholarship will help me pay for tuition and books,” Quick said.

In high school, she was a member of National Honor Society, Spanish Honors Society, Smiles for Students club to assist students with special needs, and Founder and President of Sports for All, donating sports equipment to inner-city children. A lifelong member of Catholic Faith at Our Lady of Victory, she prepared food and delivered it to needy individuals. She also worked with children at the faith-based Spring Hill Summer Camp as a Teen Service Team (TST) member. “Participating in TST is a credit to her desire to learn, grow and work as a member of a team and a community,” wrote TST Director Heather Cardneau, in a letter of recommendation.

Quick was very involved in high school athletics. She was awarded Most Improved as a JV Soccer team player, was on the Varsity Basketball team, JV and Varsity Track and Volleyball teams, serving as Captain of the Varsity Volleyball team and receiving All-Region awards. “I received the Scholar Athlete Award my sophomore, junior and senior year,” she wrote. “In my senior year, I was awarded Academic All-State.”

As a Force Volleyball Academy Leadership Council member, Quick taught volleyball skills to girls and coordinated fundraising activities for the needy. “As a vocal team leader, she kept things light with teammates with an easy smile and the ability to defuse stressful situations,” wrote Sander Cohen, Director of Force Volleyball Academy. “This ability to be both strong and demanding, as well as quick to forgive makes Bryce one of our strongest leaders.”

 

Carl Parsell Scholar Julia DiTrapani (center) with her parents MAPE member Vincenza DiTrapani (left) and Paul DiTrapani at her high school graduation.

Scholarship winner plans to become physician’s assistance

By Jennifer Gomori, MAFF Editor

Julia DiTrapani knows it’s going to be financially difficult for her parents to help three children going to college at the same time, so she appreciates the assistance she is receiving through the Carl Parsell Scholarship.

“My parents have sacrificed to put my two older siblings and I through Catholic school for the past 16 years,” DiTrapani wrote in her application. “Now that they are both in college and I will be attending in the fall, the Carl Parsell Scholarship will help ease the financial burden on my parents.”

DiTrapani received the $2,500 based on her achievements in school, athletics and volunteering to help those in need. The daughter of MAPE member and 40th District Court of St. Clair Shores Civil Clerk Vincenza DiTrapani graduated with a 3.79 GPA from Regina High School. The St. Clair Shores resident plans to pursue a Pre-Nursing bachelor’s degree at Michigan State University. “I eventually want to become a physician’s assistant,” she said.

In high school, DiTrapani was in Foreign Language Club, exploring different cultures, Teen Inc. and National Honors Society, performing school and community service and fundraising. She played Varsity Field Hockey, Basketball and Lacrosse, serving as Team Captain for Varsity Field Hockey and JV Basketball.

“I have been a student athlete every year I have attended Regina High School, most of them being played at the Varsity level,” she wrote. “For the past two years, I have also been the Varsity Basketball Manager, in which I have attended every game and been to practices."

DiTrapani works at Wally’s Frozen Custard to support herself and raise funds for college. “I have been able to juggle school, along with sports and a job but still maintain a GPA that has allowed me to be on the Honor Roll all four years,” she wrote.

She also finds time to volunteer, cleaning up school grounds and surrounding areas. “I have volunteered at several soup kitchens throughout my four years at Regina, including the Capuchin and St. Leo’s Soup Kitchen,” DiTrapani wrote.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS & CHECKLIST

Please follow the application instructions carefully. If you do not understand an instruction, call The Carl Parsell Scholarship Fund (800-368-1159) 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 (800) 368-1159.
  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, 2018. 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: 800-368-1159. 
  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, 2018

Deadline for receipt of applications for the Carl Parsell Scholarship Fund 2018 competition.

March and April 2018

Scholarship Selection Committee begins the selection process.

May 2018

Scholarship Selection Committee meets to conclude the scholarship selection process.

June 2018

Scholarship recipients have been notified of their status. 2018 Carl Parsell Scholarship winners are formally recognized during the 28th Annual Carl Parsell Memorial Golf Outing.

July and August 2018

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, 2018. 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: 800-368-1159
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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 Toll-free phone: 800-368-1159

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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 2018-2019 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, 2018.
  • 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, 2018 deadline.

If you have any questions please call The Carl Parsell Scholarship Fund (800-368-1159) 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. 2018 Scholarship Award(s) must be used for the 2018-2019 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, 2018.

All applications for the Carl Parsell Scholarship
are due March 1, 2018.