Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to Justine Burt!!  She is the 2017 recipient of the 9th annual Britt Perrotta Sommerfield Memorial Scholarship!  A special thank you to Krista Altenburg for presenting the award.  As of now, we have given out $50,000 in scholarships over the past 8 years!!  

Congratulations to Cassie Hoisington, the 2016 recipient of the 8th annual Britt Perrotta Sommerfield Memorial Scholarship!  

Congratulations to the 2015 scholarship recipients, Austin Dudas & Brook Stewart!

Congratulations to the 2014, 6th Annual, Memorial Scholarship recipients, Caitlin Pellett & Eric Shubitowski!

Congratulations to the 2013, 5th Annual, Memorial Scholarship recipients, David Chludzinski & Mark Taylor Janssen!

Congratulations to the 2012, 4th Annual Memorial Scholarship recipients, Andrew Miller & Meghan Jacobs!
Andrew plans to pursue a teaching degree in Physics at the University of Michigan this fall.  He is a very involved students who's recent activities included helping put on an anti-drunk driving exhibit at the high school before Prom night. 
Meghan is a great student and a varsity softball player.  She hopes to pursue engineering at U of M this fall.
Both Meghan and Andrew have received many accolades from their teachers and we wish them both the best of luck in their bright futures!
PICTURE BELOW: Andrew & Meghan showing off the Scholarship Plaque before the Awards ceremony.
This year's winners and the team of ladies who help select the recipients each year as well as present the award. From Left: Andrea (Weinzcak) Freiburger, Jaclyn (Evenson) Machnak, Andrew Miller, Meghan Jacobs, Krista (Rinkinen) Altenburg, Martha (Digsby) Houck, Nikki (Hayden) Jones.
Congratulations to the 2011, 3rd Annual Memorial Scholarship recipient, Eric Tamm!
Congratulations to Brad Houtschilt & Sean Carrigan for receiving the 2010, 2nd Annual Memorial Scholarship!
Both recipients are fantastic students and citizens who received several awards at the ceremony at Lakeland High School in May.  Brad graduated Phi Beta Kappa (grade point of 3.75 or higher) and Sean is the Class President for the class of 2010.  Congratulations and good luck to them both!
Left Picture: Brad (left) & Sean (right) are looking forward to starting their college careers at the University of Michigan in the fall.
Right Picture: (from left to right) Cara Gardner (Britt's sister), Brad Houtschilt (2010 recipient), Sean Carrigan (2010 recipient), Andrea Sommerfield (Britt's step-mom), & Dean Sommerfield (Britt's father).
Congratulations to Ashley Kaatz!  Ashley was the first scholarship recipient in 2009.
Here is what was said when the Inaugural BPS Memorial Scholarship was presented (May 2009)


Jaclyn – Good evening.  Tonight it is with mixed emotions that we present the 1st Annual Britt Perrotta Sommerfield Memorial Scholarship to a member of the Class of 2009.  This past December, Britt passed away unexpectedly.  As her family and friends gathered to mourn her death and celebrate her life, some of us decided to create a fitting tribute to Britt and her accomplishments.  While we miss her greatly, we know that tonight’s presentation is an honorable way to recognize her impact on all our lives. 


Krista – Britt was graduated from Lakeland High School in 2000 as the class valedictorian, completing her 4 years here with a 4.0 GPA.  She was the class treasurer for four years and participated in numerous community service activities.  Britt also lettered in four sports; basketball, volleyball, track, & soccer.  She truly defined what it was to be a high school student-athlete, as she soared to great heights as a Lakeland Eagle.  After graduating from Lakeland, Britt attended the University of Michigan, graduating in 2004, with 2 degrees in Economics and Communications.  She was an active member of the Delta Gamma sorority, serving on the Pan Hellenic Council as a liason with the Michigan Daily newspaper.  Britt helped run a community service project in Detroit called “Project Detroit”, and she was involved in other endeavors including several stints at Mott Community Hospital.  At the time of her death, Britt was a successful broker working in Chicago.  Those close to her hope this scholarship will inspire many others to follow in her footsteps…down the road less traveled.


Martha – Applicants for this scholarship must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be attending the University of Michigan in the Fall semester of 2009
  • Must have at least 1 varsity letter
  • Must be involved with at least 1 leadership activity (NHS, Student Council, etc)
  • Must be involved with at least 1 community service activity

We had four quality applicants for this scholarship, students who positively contributed to Lakeland throughout their 4 years, and individuals who appear to have ambitious goals for their futures.  While we were unable to reward each of them for their accomplishments, we are grateful for the interest, and we strongly believe that they all have bright futures ahead of them.


Michael Head:

For the inaugural presentation of this scholarship, we’d like to congratulate Ashley Kaatz.  Ashley is in the top 10% of her class with a 3.8 GPA, particularly excelling in her math and science classes.  She participated in three sports (soccer, basketball, and volleyball) contributing specifically to volleyball program’s KLAA titles this year and MHSAA playoff titles last year.  An active member of the National Honor Society, Ashley has also been involved in numerous activities at her church, including a month-long mission trip to Costa Rica.  In addition, Ashley has volunteered at Huron Valley Sinai Hospital for a year and a half.  In her 18 years, Ashley has had a personal experience with medical challenges, and instead of using these as an excuse for struggling, she has chosen to use them as motivating factors in her career choice.  Ashley will enroll in the Engineering College at the University of Michigan this fall with the goal of earning a degree in Biomedical Engineering.  She plans to use this as the first step toward a medical degree.  She feels this is a wise choice because there is a serious demand for physicians with an engineering degree due to the fact that medical technology is always changing.


Jaclyn – Tonight, Britt’s family and friends congratulate Ashley Kaatz for her accomplishments as a student, athlete, and involved member of her community.  Furthermore, we challenge her to continue to pursue excellence in all facets of her life, hopefully on the road less traveled.