2016 Scholarship Recipients


The Three Rivers Area Community Foundation awarded eleven different scholarships to the 2016 Three Rivers High School graduating class.  These scholarships were established to reward students continuing their education for academic achievements, community involvement, and/or athletic excellence.

southlandMegan Southland (pictured) is awarded four scholarships totaling in $5,500.

  • Lucile Shafer Haring and Sheila J. Haring Scholarship – $1,000 scholarship, renewable up to four years, is awarded to a Three Rivers graduate pursuing a career in teaching.
  • Edward “Coach” T. Johnson and Patricia Johnson Scholarship – awarded to two Three Rivers High School seniors pursing a higher education, one awarded for basketball and one awarded for golf. Megan is this year’s basketball recipient.
  • Gary L. Cottingham – awarded to a Three Rivers senior who has played a minimum of two years of basketball.
  • Adam Learn # 27 Memorial Scholarship – awarded to a Three Rivers senior participating in school and/or club sports for a minimum of two years and pursing a higher education.

Megan, daughter of James and Amy Southland, plans to attend Kalamazoo Valley Community College where she will continue to play sports while studying for her degree in Elementary Education. After two years she plans on transferring to Cornerstone University to further her education.

After college she would like to become a kindergarten teacher (a passion discovered while on a mission trip in El Salvador her freshman year and furthered solidified during her time volunteering in a local kindergarten class) as well as continuing to be involved in sports by coaching high school athletics.

Riley Seifert, son of Brett and Heather Seifert, is awarded three scholarships totaling in $5,000. seifert

  • Glenn Rifenberg Community Scholarship – $2,000 scholarship, renewable for up to two years, awarded to students entering the fields of business or education.
  • John T. Nykun Scholarship – awarded to a Three Rivers graduate who is pursuing a college degree in either business or education.
  • Adam Learn #27 Memorial Scholarship

Riley is planning to attend Grand Valley State University for Mechanical Engineering with a minor in business and would like to further his education by later attending a school which offers biomedical engineering. After graduating he plans on having a career as a sales manager for the engineering department of a successful and reputable company


Lezlie Lull, daughter of Richard and Rhonda Lull, is awarded scholarships totaling $2,000.lull

  • James E. Clark Scholarship – awarded to a student who has been a member of D.E.C.A. for two years and pursing a higher education in either marketing or Business. There are two recipients this year.
  • Adam Learn #27 Memorial Scholarship
  • George Haines Scholarship

Lezlie plans on attending Kalamazoo College to study business and Spanish. While attending Kalamazoo College she intends to take advantage of their study abroad program for immersion in the Spanish language. After graduating she has her sights set on a job in international business with a cooperate company.

Cameron Mains has also been awarded the James E. Clark Scholarship.  Cameron participated in D.E.C.A. (Distributive Education Club of America) for two years; he was state qualifier, then top ten finisher, at state levels his first year. Cameron will be attending Central Michigan University to study Hospitality Business Management. He hopes to work at the new hotel on Central Michigan University’s campus (or another business in his field of study) while going to school so he can graduate with work experience. After graduating he would like to begin his career as a general manager or regional manager for a large hotel chain.

Jamie Barrett is awarded three scholarships totaling in $2,000.barrett

  • Ken McEnroe Scholarship – $1,000 scholarship awarded to both a male and female scholar athlete from Three Rivers High School who are pursuing higher education and have played sports at least four seasons in high school.
  • Dennis W. Lockwood – Gary Warner Scholarship – awarded to a Three Rivers graduate who will be attending a Michigan Institution of higher education.
  • Adam Learn #27 Memorial Scholarship.

Jamie will be attending Hope College to study Kinesiology and get her degree in Athletic Training before furthering her education at a school for Physical Therapy. She has a passionate desire to use her future career to help people become both physically and emotionally stronger.

trammellThe Burnell Booko Nursing Scholarship was created in honor of Anna Burnell Booko and is awarded to a graduate of either Three Rivers High School or Howardsville Christian School wishing to attend a school of higher learning in order to pursue a career in nursing.  Maegan Trammell is this year’s recipient of the Burnell Booko Nursing Scholarship and is also receiving the Adam Learn #27 Memorial Scholarship. Maegan is currently in the EMT program at Kalamazoo Valley Community College. Her heart for nursing started at 4 years old and she was further impassioned while working with the Latin America Child Care Organization in El Salvador. She plans to attend Glenn Oaks Community College’s LPN and RN programs before working as an RN at Three Rivers Health while going to school for her bachelors in Nursing.

After completing these Maegan plans to take a few months doing a medical mission trip in Haiti before returning to apply to the University of Michigan and Grand Valley State University for their graduate schools for Nurse Practitioner. After graduating she will continue her career and has a desire to continue serving on medical mission trips.

Tanner Blyly is the male recipient of the Ken McEnroe Scholarship and has also been awarded the Adam Learn #27 Memorial Scholarship. He will be attending Spring Arbor University to study Business Management while having a background in Communications. His goal, after graduating, is to become a Director of Player Engagement and Development for a professional sports team.

Four Three Rivers Graduates are being awarded the St. Joseph County ISD George Haines Scholarship


  • Lezlie Lull – will be attending Kalamazoo College for Business and Spanishconnellybensonlull
  • Emmalee Benson – will be attending Northern Michigan University for Business Management.
  • Jared Hughes – will be attending KVCC for Electrical Engineering
  • Sean Connelly – will be attending either Michigan State University or University of Michigan for Computer Science/Robotics.

Brianna Ritchie is this year’s Ralph & Phyllis Bence Scholarship recipient. She has been accepted in Brigham Young University and is currently still waiting to hear back from Yale. She will be studying Neuroscience and after graduating she’d like to work with stroke victims to help return pre-stroke functionality, run a division of a rehabilitation center for those who have suffered brain trauma or are mental handicap, and designing programs to “stimulate and shape the brain to benefit the patient the most”.

southlandreedEdward “Coach” T. Johnson and Patricia Johnson Scholarship was established in memory of Coach Johnson with the purpose of providing a basketball scholarship and golf scholarship for Three Rivers High School graduates who are pursuing a higher education. Megan Southland (top of article) is the basketball recipient this year.

Adam Reed is this year’s Edward “Coach” T. Johnson and Patricia Johnson Scholarship recipient for golf. Adam will be attending Hope College to study business, more specifically economics, while also playing on Hope’s basketball team. Currently his goal is to keep his focus on his academic career and working hard in college to get his degree and to then pursue a career in business after graduating.


The Adam Learn #27 Memorial Scholarship was set in memory of a loving son, an avid outdoorsman, and excellent athlete. This scholarship is awarded to a Three Rivers High School graduate who has attended Three Rivers for at least two of their high school years, participated in a school and/or club sport and pursing higher education. This year sixteen students have been awarded this scholarship.


  • Aleesa Gatton
  • Austin Mauldin
  • Brenden Thatcher
  • Emilee Witters
  • Jamie Barrett
  • Jordan VanOss
  • Lezlie Lull
  • Maegan Trammell
  • Megan Southland
  • Michael Vidmar
  • Rain Barnes
  • Riley Seifert
  • Tanner Blyly
  • Tate Ellifritz
  • Travis Coop
  • Zachary Gatton


About the Three Rivers Area Community Foundation: The Three Rivers Area Community Foundation (TRACF) has been serving the Three Rivers area and surrounding townships since 1975.  The mission of TRACF is to build endowment funds and redistribute those investment returns back into the hands of the community.  By focusing on people, organizations, and sustainability, the Foundation addresses community needs in a variety of areas including health, education, and community development.

The foundation awards scholarships annually. Scholarship applications are made available on our website, threeriversfoundation.com, beginning January 1st. Follow us on Twitter @TRACFoundation and “like” our Facebook page, facebook.com/ThreeRiversAreaCommunityFoundation, to stay up-to-date on the latest foundation news and events!