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Huntington Ford scholarship gives local students head start in college

Thursday, June 19, 2014
Huntington Ford scholarship gives local students head start in college


Lara Dhayni, a graduate of Rochester High School, with Huntington Ford owners Pat and Christie Scoggin. Lara plans to pursue a pre-med focus as an incoming OU freshman with a career goal of becoming a medical doctor.
Huntington Ford of Rochester Hills is helping jumpstart the college careers of Rochester and Avondale Community School graduates.

As part of an ongoing effort to keep higher education accessible for local students, the dealership partnered with OU in 2012 to establish an annual full-tuition scholarship for an incoming freshman from one of four area high schools – Adams, Stoney Creek, Rochester and Avondale. 

This year's recipient is Lara Dhayni, a graduate of Rochester High School. She plans to pursue a pre-med focus as an incoming OU freshman with a career goal of becoming a medical doctor. Dhayni is the third recipient of the renewable Huntington Ford scholarship, joining current OU junior Jacqueline Yee – also a Rochester High School graduate – and current OU sophomore Chandler Swink, an Avondale graduate. 

Yee has spent this summer in Washington D.C. as an intern in Rep. Sander Levin’s office. She credits the scholarship for the opportunity to accept the internship offered through Oakland’s Department of Political Science.

Pat and Christie Scoggin, owners of Huntington Ford, developed the scholarship program as a way to engage the community and give students a head start toward becoming contributing members of society.  

“The Scoggin’s are paying it forward through the Huntington Ford Scholarship Program,” said Luke Fleer, regional development officer for OU.  “Oakland University and the Greater Rochester community are grateful for the positive impact Pat and Christie are making on the lives of students.”  

Scholarship candidates are evaluated based on financial need, academic performance and extracurricular involvement. The scholarship is renewable for an additional three years for a student who continues to demonstrate financial need, completes full-time credits during each fall and winter semester and maintains a minimum 3.30 GPA.

Watch this YouTube video to learn more about the Huntington Ford Scholarship Program.

For information about additional Oakland scholarships, view the website at oakland.edu/scholarships