Future Leaders


Don’s Auto Clinic, High Point Truck and Auto Center and 9&10 News wanted to honor the students who normally wouldn’t be recognized. The underdogs with a vision for success. The hard workers that are productive outside of the classroom taking care of their community. Future Leaders 2020 Scholarships is a Northern Michigan based scholarship designed specifically for the ‘working students’ out there, making a difference within their local community and beyond. This unique scholarship was not based on GPA. We were looking for the students who were putting rubber to pavement. 

The students that we were looking for fell into this category as:

-Have unfailing determination to make communities better.

-Drive to do the right thing even if that means you are alone in accomplishing it.

-Have done something to expand your thinking and/or yourself outside of the classroom.

– Have solved and completed a solution to a problem.


Don’s Auto Clinic and High Point Truck and Auto Center has selected three winners. 

1st Place: $2,000

2nd Place: $1,500

3rd Place: $1,000

Congratulations to the three students! Thank you to every student who applied; we received so many great essays! It is clear the future is in good hands with the bright minds of these students. In addition to the scholarship, 9&10 News wants to continue growing communities and help organizations better themselves for the future leaders. 9&10 News has committed to donating $250 to a non-profit of the winner’s choice. 

Sean Bradley of Charlevoix, has won first place and plans on going to Princeton University to study public policy. “My passion is definitely politics and government,” he said. Bradley has chosen The Manna Food Project in Harbor Springs as his non-profit to receive the donation. Img 1320The Manna Food Project helps feed the hungry in Antrim, Charlevoix and Emmet counties in Northwest Michigan. “No one should spend the night hungry so as much food as we can give out to those who need it is what’s important,” Bradley said. 

Hannah Johnston of Gaylord, has won second place and has Hjohnston1been accepted to Central Michigan University. The non-profit organization Johnston has chosen is the Otsego Community Foundation at which she has spent much of her time volunteering. “To me, being a leader means standing up for the little guy and teaching the next generation of leaders to do the same,” Johnston said.

Mariah McLouth of Bear Lake placed third and is headed to Northern Michigan University in the fall to study clinical science with a concentration in radiography. Mm5McLouth has chosen the Staircase Youth Services of Manistee to receive the donation. She has spent lots of time volunteering there herself. “The smiles on their faces when they get what they need, it really makes their day and to know that I did the right thing and helped others do the right thing is what makes it awesome,” she said. Staircase Youth Services provides youth and family intervention services in Lake, Manistee, Mason, Missaukee, Oceana and Wexford counties. 


We wish all the graduates of 2020 the best of luck in their future endeavors. Future Leaders Scholarship Opportunity will be back for the graduates of 2021.