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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.