Crystal Scholarship Foundation Awards Scholarships to Two Northern Michigan Students

Two northern Michigan students have been awarded scholarships of up to $5,000 from the Crystal Scholarship Foundation.

Scholarships through the Crystal Scholarship Foundation are open to Crystal Mountain employees and their children who exemplify “solid character, strong work ethic, community service and academic proficiency.”

Megan Gydesen is a senior at Bear Lake High School, and is the daughter of Kelly Gydesen, who works at Crystal Spa. She is a student-athlete on Bear Lake’s volleyball and softball teams, manages the girl’s basketball team and serves on the Manistee Youth Advocate Council among other extracurricular activities.

Gydesen plans to study neuroscience at the University of Michigan.

“Going to college has always been a dream for me, an expensive one at that, and this scholarship was a chance to help make this dream come true,” Gydesen said.

Craig Seger was a lifeguard at Crystal Mountain for three years. He graduated from Benzie Central High School in 2021, and now attends Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin studying theatre, music and psychology. As a first-year student at Edgewood, Seger has made the honor roll, participates on the school’s track and field team and earned the leading role in the college’s performance of “Sister Act.”

“My coworkers were incredibly kind, we had fun times at work and outside of work and my managers were very understanding about work-life balance. If it wasn’t for them, I may not have known about this scholarship, so I’m grateful for their encouragement to apply and I’m thankful to be a recipient and to use the money to help with tuition,” said Seger.

Since being established in 2020, Crystal Scholarship Foundation has raised thousands of dollars through donations as well as the Crystal Mountain Scholarship Invitational.

“We know how expensive furthering a student’s education can be,” said Kim Pickell, Crystal Mountain property owner and community member. “This scholarship isn’t tailored towards a certain income level, it’s designed for anyone in the Crystal Community who is dedicated to working hard and making a difference, whether it’s through trade school, community college or four-year university.”

Applicants for the 2023 scholarship can start applying the first week of November. There is no set number on how many students can receive the scholarship because it is based on funds raised and the number of candidates selected through the application and panel interview process.

For more information about the Crystal Scholarship Foundation, you can email the foundation here.