Inaugural Student Success Initiative (SSI) Scholarship Winners Announced

We're pleased to announce the two recipients of our inaugural Student Success Initiative (SSI) Scholarship.

Megan H. of Mason High School and Ritish N. of Okemos High School were awarded $1,000 scholarships to put toward their higher education goals. Megan will be attending Grand Valley State University and Ritish will be attending Michigan State University.

The SSI Scholarship is made possible through a generous donation from Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA) and donations made through Kroger Community Rewards.

We were so happy to work with our community partner CATA in recognizing two exceptional students,” said CADL Executive Director Scott Duimstra. “The goal of the Student Success Initiative is to support the academic achievements of our students and these scholarships are a shining example of the success of the initiative.”

CADL’s SSI Scholarship honors graduating high school seniors who have a CADL SSI account and earned a 2.5 or higher cumulative grade point average. The recipients were selected based on personal essays responding to the prompt, “How would you define success?”

Both Megan's and Ritish's essays combined personal experiences with the larger idea of success. Megan provided several specific examples from a variety of situations to support her definition of success and Ritish incorporated a creative writing element, the idea of a treasure map, throughout his essay.

The Capital Area Transportation Authority has long supported the Capital Area District Libraries’ outstanding programs, which benefit the public we mutually serve. CATA is particularly committed to the Student Success Initiative Scholarship because it allows us to contribute to the educational advancement of Lansing School District students,” said CATA Chief Executive Officer Bradley T. Funkhouser, AICP. “We wish scholarship award winners Ritish and Megan every success as they embark on their college careers. We are thrilled to be a small part of their academic journey.”

Click here to learn more about the Student Success Initiative.