2020 Carl Parsell Scholar got jump start on college education

By Jennifer Gomori, MAP Editor

Unlike 2020 high school graduates around the nation, this year’s Carl Parsell Scholarship winner was able to experience his graduation ceremony and other end of senior year milestones.

That’s because 2020 scholar Nathan Sharkey finished his senior year at Grass Lake High School in 2019, although he didn’t officially graduate until June 14, 2020. Sharkey completed his fifth year of high school through a free early college program at Jackson Community College.

2020 Carl Parsell Scholarship recipient Nathan Sharkey (center) at his Grass Lake High School graduation in 2019. He is the son of MAPE member Joseph Sharkey (left) and Laurene Sharkey (right).

“I’m very happy I didn’t have to go to a normal college this year. All of it was on campus until the coronavirus came and the last seven weeks were at home,” Sharkey said. “It’s definitely made me happy that I had graduation last year and got to finish up my whole school year.”

Sharkey did, however, miss the formal celebration of his scholarship during the Annual Carl Parsell Memorial Golf Outing, which was canceled due to the pandemic. Typically, scholarship recipients and their parents are recognized during the outing’s steak dinner finale by Union staff, event participants and sponsors.

“The Raider Dennis Agency looks forward to the scholarship event every year,” said V.I.P. Sponsor Stuart Raider. “It is an honor to be a part of the long-standing tradition that my father, Jordan Raider, took part in of gifting a scholarship to the next generation of bright individuals. Congratulations to Nathan Sharkey! I look forward to meeting you in the future.”

The son of MAPE member Joseph Sharkey, a Mechanic Operator for the City of Jackson Wastewater Treatment Plant, graduated with a 3.8 GPA while completing his first year of college. He will transfer to Ferris State University this fall to pursue a degree in Applied Science and is planning a career as a machinist.

Sharkey has been working as a Basic Machinist at Mid-America Machining in Brooklyn, Michigan. The Grass Lake resident began working there during a vocational education program through Jackson Area Career Center. “I took the class there for two years and it led me to get a job there,” Sharkey said.

By Jennifer Gomori, MAP Editor

Out of an abundance of caution for our members and other Carl Parsell Memorial Golf Outing participants and supporters, MAP officials have regrettably decided to cancel the 2020 golf outing. The 30th annual event was originally scheduled for June 11 at Links of Novi.

This was a difficult decision as money raised from the event is used to provide scholarship funds for deserving high school seniors who plan to continue their education at an U.S. accredited university, college, community college, junior college, two- or four-year accredited degree-granting institution, or vocational training institution that grants a certification or license. MAP officials will still be awarding one $2,500 scholarship in 2020, which will be announced in May.

The Carl Parsell Scholarship Fund was established in honor of Parsell, a pioneer in the law enforcement union movement, following his passing in 1990. MAP has been awarding scholarships in Parsell’s name since 1991.

While Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s most recent extension of the Stay at Home Executive Order (until May 15, 2020) does allow golf courses to reopen to the public, her order does not allow the use of golf carts due to social distancing guidelines of six feet between individuals.

Carl Parsell Memorial Golf Outing - June 13, 2019 at Links of Novi.

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  1. Candidates must submit an original Application Form, signed by the applicant and fully completed. Please do not leave any question blank. If you cannot answer a question, you may fill in the blank with “None,” “Zero,” or “N/A” where appropriate.
  2.  Application responses must be typed or printed legibly. Applications not legible will be disqualified for scholarship consideration.
  3. Scholarship Applicants should submit applications on the forms available (or photocopies of these forms). Application forms may be obtained through Scholarship Fund at (248) 509-7158.
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  5. The application must be written in English and all supporting documents must be in English or translated into English.
  6. Please take the time needed to prepare your written responses. The quality and relevance of your writing may be one of the top determining factors for earning this scholarship award.
  7. Candidates should consider the time needed to mail the application. Completed applications (along with any supporting documents) must be received by The Carl Parsell Scholarship Fund no later than March 1, 2021. Applications may be mailed, faxed, or shipped to the address specified below.