Every year, the Michigan Association of Career Colleges and Schools (MACCS), a non-profit association serving Michigan’s private career colleges and schools, awards six deserving students each a $1,000 scholarship to help them reach their educational goals in life. This year, two hardworking and commendable students of Dorsey Schools received this life-changing award – Kahlaia Smith and Wendy Partin. The Culinary Academy of Dorsey Schools in Roseville hosted the MACCS Scholarship event on Friday, November 1, 2013, and students from our Culinary Arts Program were honored to prepare hors d’oeuvres for the celebration.
Long before joining the Dorsey School of Beauty in November 2011, Kahlaia Smith had been interested in the cosmetology field. Upon graduating from Southeastern High School in 2011, she immediately started working for New York & Company. Smith’s admirable work ethic was noticed and she was promoted to a managerial position within weeks. To support herself, she obtained a job with ICING, and became a manager with this leading fashion retailer as well. She also excels at Dorsey, with an excellent attendance record and GPA of 95%. Kahlaia is known around campus for her positive attitude and ability to thrive in team settings.
To her instructors, classmates, family and friends, it comes as no surprise that Wendy Partin is a recipient of the MACCS scholarship. In fact, Managing Director, Allison Ouellette, says, “Wendy is a model student.” In addition to being an exemplary Dorsey Medical Administration and Billing student, she has received a number of awards on campus, including “Perfect Attendance” and “4.0” awards, “Director’s List,” and various certificates of achievement. She consistently volunteers around campus and most recently helped collect 5,000 pieces of candy for the “HalloWayne” event. Upon accepting the award, Ms. Partin thanked her instructors for providing the motivation to strive harder and achieve her goals.
The MACCS scholarship requires a student to fill out an application, submit two letters of recommendation, and write a 250-word statement of intent, explaining why they are pursuing a career in their chosen field and how the scholarship will affect their lives. Then, a scholarship committee reviews all applications and selects six winners. Pat Fischer, MACCS President and CEO/President of Dorsey Schools, says, “These students have worked extremely hard to get to where they are today. We’re happy to recognize them for this achievement.”
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