Five Notre Dame seniors get special scholarship

Academic record, strength of application essays, community service and personal qualities among scholarship criteria.

Notre Dame seniors Alejandra Gonzalez, Dixie Lucas, Alena Manzor, Brianna Manzor and Marisol Rodriguez have been awarded college scholarships sponsored by the Ric Gonzalez Memorial Foundation, marking the 11th consecutive year that Notre Dame students have earned the annual scholarship.

The Ric Gonzalez Foundation, which since 2004 has been providing college scholarships to students in southeast Michigan, was formed after the passing of Ric Gonzalez, co-founder of automotive- and aerospace-supplier Gonzalez Design Group, based in Madison Heights. So far, according to the foundation, 117 scholarships have been awarded totaling $407,500.

According to the foundation, the scholarship funds can be used toward whichever college or university the students chooses to attend and can be used for tuition, room and board, or even books and other necessary school supplies.

Last year, then-seniors Carmen Aranda and Kyle Conroy were awarded the 2017 Ric Gonzalez Memorial Foundation scholarship, the 10th consecutive year at least one NDP student had earned the scholarship.

A celebration and awards ceremony for those students receiving the scholarships this year has been planned for November 3, 2018, at Palazzo Di Bocce in Lake Orion.

Since the scholarship was established, the RGMF has been providing scholarships to deserving Hispanic youth in southeast Michigan planning to attend a college or university of their choice. Applicants are evaluated on the following criteria: academic record, strength of application essays, community service and personal qualities.
Check the foundation’s website at or call 248-548-3160 for more information.

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