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Margaret Starkey Scholarship winners announced

Winners of the annual scholarship from the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation were recently announced.

This year the Chamber Foundation presented $2,000 scholarships to two individuals who have been nominated by their employers; Jessica Grima and Reegan Crowley.

The Margaret Starkey Scholarship started in the 1980s to honor chamber employee, Margaret Starkey, who “ran the show” in the days before there was an Executive Director or a President on staff.

“Mrs. Starkey keeping things humming at the chamber, working with the board and volunteers, and making sure all programs and member benefits ran smoothly,” stated a chamber press release. “She remained at the chamber as an executive assistant when the first Executive Director was hired, and after retirement continued doing the chamber’s books from her home.”

Each year the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation seeks nominations from employers for non-traditional students who are working while advancing their education. Those who are selected are said to best exemplify Starkey’s outstanding qualities of dedication, enthusiasm, community service, and attention to detail.

Grima works at Midcourse Correction Challenge Camp and was nominated by George Jewett.  As the face of Midcourse, Jessica is the single point of contact for all parents, courts, and community/youth organizations.  She facilitates all-new community partnerships and is the liaison to families in crisis all while planning, organizing, and directing the day-to-day operations of MCCC. 

“Her drive and passion to mentor teens and help them find a renewed sense of direction and purpose is the biggest reason Midcourse Correction is so successful at changing lives,” stated the release. 

Grima is planning on attending Madonna University to pursue a master’s in social work degree

Crowley is currently working as the Digital Marketing Intern at the Livingston County Convention and Visitors Bureau. In her role she takes the initiative to improve processes and all digital media promotions to support and further the mission of the Livingston County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

According to the release, “She demonstrates exceptional customer service, and a passion for the Livingston County community, and motivates and inspires other members of the Visitor Bureau’s team.”

Crowley is attending Western Michigan University to pursue a degree in Digital Marketing and E-Commerce.

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