Denny Grinold Scholarship

Each year the Michigan Charter Boat Association awards a scholarship to students with studies or research in the fishing industry. Thank you for your continued dedication and support!

Darrin McCullough and Rebecca Blundell RECEIVE MCBA SCHOLARSHIPS 2014

Darrin McCullough is in the final stage of his undergraduate degree in Fisheries Biology and Management at Michigan State University. Upon graduation he plans to go immediately into the graduate research program of Fisheries and Wildlife at MSU. He thanked MCBA for “its generous award and for its continued dedication to Michigan’s fisheries resources.”
Rebecca Blundell is a junior within MSU’s Department of fisheries and Wildlife and specializing in Marine Ecosystem Management. She plans to do her graduate work in applied research to aquatic ecosystems. “I am honored by MCBA’s generosity and support,” she said.

ADAM UMSTEAD and KELLY DONOHUE RECEIVE MCBA SCHOLARSHIPS 2013

President Terry Walsh and Past President Denny Grinold presented the Michigan Charter Boat Association “Denny Grinold Scholarships” to Adam Umstead and Kelly Donohue at the Michigan State University Honors Banquet in East Lansing. Adam is a graduating senior and will begin his career in fisheries biology while working in the Great Lakes region. This summer he will be involved in a lake sturgeon restoration project on the Black River in northern Michigan.

Kelly Donohue is also a graduating senior in fisheries and wildlife. The last few years she has worked in MSU’s Aquatic Animal Health Lab, and it was here she discovered her love of fisheries. As an undergraduate, Kelly worked with a team of both undergraduate and graduate students conducting fish health inspections at the State’s hatcheries. She has accepted a Master’s Degree position at the University of Maine where she will be doing research to improve vaccines to combat bacterial diseases in fish.
Both students expressed their sincere gratitude to MCBA for the scholarships they will use in furthering their educations in fisheries biology.

Miriam Weiss and Carrie Kozel RECEIVE MCBA SCHOLARSHIPS 2012

Mr. Terry Walsh and Mr. Denny Grinold, President and Past-President of the Michigan Charter Boat Association, will present the MICHIGAN CHARTER BOAT ASSOCIATION DENNY GRINOLD SCHOLARSHIP to Miriam Weiss and Carrie Kozel. Miriam is a senior Fisheries and Wildlife major from Flint, MI. She’s also a member of MSU’s Honors College. Miriam has earned a 3.92 since coming to MSU in Fall 2008. The Great Lakes has played an integral part in Miriam’s life, and she’s passionate about preserving the fisheries that reside throughout the State of Michigan. Miriam interned with the Fisheries Division of the DNR in Charlevoix, Michigan and through this internship she gained a better appreciation for the importance of the Great Lakes as a resource. She was impressed with the hard work the DNR puts into managing Great Lakes fisheries and her goal is to contribute to this process. Miriam plans to pursue a career in fisheries biology and management, and make a positive contribution to Michigan’s fisheries populations. Carrie is a senior fisheries and wildlife major from Algonac, MI with a 3.21 GPA. Carrie believes that Michigan is one of the most beautiful states in this country and its the Great Lakes that makes it so unique. The Great Lakes are what inspired her to pursue her major and it is her goal to research and protect them. Following graduation she would like to stay in Michigan and work on controlling one of Great Lakes biggest threats – invasive species and helping protect the Great Lakes from new invaders.

Miriam Weiss RECEIVE MCBA SCHOLARSHIPS 2011

Mr. Terry Walsh, President of the Michigan Charter Boat Association, presented the MICHIGAN CHARTER BOAT ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP to Miriam Weiss. Miriam is a Junior Fisheries and Wildlife major from Flint, MI. She’s also a member of MSU’s Honors College. Miriam has earned a 3.90 since coming to MSU Fall 2008, and earned a perfect 4.0 last semester. The Great Lakes has played an integral part in Miriam’s life, and she’s passionate about preserving the fisheries that reside throughout the State of Michigan. Miriam was recently selected 1 of only 15 students nationwide to participate in the National Marine Resources Population Dynamics Workshop hosted by NOAA. She gained valuable skills in quantitative analysis of aquatic populations; skills which she expects to apply to the management of great lakes fisheries. Miriam plans to pursue a career in fisheries biology and management, and make a positive contribution to Michigan’s fisheries populations.

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