But honesty’s worth a scholarship
They’re just 19 years old, three college students who have their own education to pay for.
Yet, they have started an annual scholarship to honor graduates from their former high school because, they said, it’s the right thing to do.
James Joseph, John Simpkins and Brian Mann are longtime friends, having gone through Scouting, cross country, the National Honor Society and finally graduation from Grand Blanc High School together.
Good students each, they looked at the scholarship money they accumulated last year and decided to return the favor.
“We realized it came from people who didn’t know us, didn’t love us, not parents or grandparents, and we want to pass the feeling on,” Joseph said last week.
Although they went to separate colleges — Joseph to Hillsdale College, Simpkins to Michigan State University and Mann to the University of Michigan — they dug into their own pockets and asked friends, relatives, businesses and strangers for $50 donations to come up with a $500 scholarship this year.
That money turned into the Honest Man Scholarship, designated for a male Grand Blanc graduate who fulfills the trio’s ideals. It’s not necessarily the smartest or the most athletic student. Instead it’s a student who gives to the community, lives honorably and is worth encouraging.
Educators say it is rare for students to raise money for scholarships for others while still grappling with their own bills.
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