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2012 - 13 Scholarship Winners Announced

At the Fall 2009 general meeting, it was decided to begin a scholarship fund for area athletes. This program, which will award two $500 scholarships each year, began in the Spring of 2010. The scholarships are non-gender specific, and the winners are voted on by the membership. We are pleased to announce the recipients of this award for 2012 - 13:

  • Paige Andersen, Berrien Springs
  • Alyssa Krynicky, Bridgman
Paige Anderson, Berrien Springs High School.   Alyssa Krynicky, 2012-13 scholarship winner, competes in basketball for Bridgman High School.
Paige Andersen of Berrien Springs High School    Alyssa Krynicky, Bridgman High School

Paige Anderson was on the Berrien Springs Honor Roll all four of her high school years and carried a GPA of 3.50.  She was a member of the National Honor Society. She received a number of awards, including:

  • United States Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award 2013.
  • MSHAA Scholar/Athlete Honorable Mention Award.
  • Prudential Spirit of Community Honoree.
  • You Make A Difference Volunteer Award from the Volunteer Center of Southwest Michigan.

Athletically, Paige excelled in basketball and track. Some of her accomplishments and awards are listed below:

Track and Field

  • Ten time Lakeland Conference Champion
  • Three time Wolverine Conference Champion.
  • Fourteen time State Qualifier.
  • Three time Regional Champion.
  • Current School Record Holder in the 100m Hurdles, long jump and 4 x 100 relay.
  • All Academic-2009, 2010 ,2011 & 2012.
  • All State 2010, 2011 & 2012. 
  • Track and Field MVP 2012 & 2013.
  • Berrien County Student Athlete of the Week 2012 and 2013,
  • Best Freshman Track and Field.
  • Team Captain 2012.
  • 2009 Hershey Track and Field North American Finalist, Standing Long Jump.


  • Iron-woman Award, Berrien Springs High School

Paige has been accepted to the Nursing Program at The University of Detroit Mercy (UDM). She has been awarded both academic and athletic scholarships and will compete on their Division 1 Track Team.

Alyssa Krynicky maintained a 3.55 GPA at Bridgman High School and was in the top 15 of her graduating class. Her academic highlights include:

  • Four years honor roll.
  • Two years National Honor Society.
  • U.S. Army Reserve National Scholar/Athlete Award.
  • Michigan Competitive Scholarship recognition.
  • MHSAA Scholar Athlete Honorable Mention.

Athletically Alyssa showed exceptional determination and courage after she suffered a torn ACL during her junior year in basketball. She battled back to play her senior year and was named team captain and then earned 1st team Lakeland Conference honors. Here are some of her athletic awards:

  • 1st Team Lakeland Conference Basketball.
  • Member of two  District Championship basketball teams.
  • Team captain in basketball, volleyball and softball.
  • Two time Academic All-Conference Athlete.
  • Winner of the Bridgman Tri-Sport Athlete Award.

Alyssa was awarded several academic scholarships and will attend Grand Valley State University in the fall.

The students personally applied for the scholarships, and were chosen from a list of approximately 90 candidates. They were selected based on the strength of their applications, grade point average, and display of the highest standards in sportsmanship, citizenship, dedication and determination. We wish the very best to these fine young ladies as they continue their educations.

Previous Winners

Below is a list of previous recipients for the FBOA scholarship award:

2011 - 12

  • Angelika Anderson, Brandywine High School
  • Grace Carver, South Haven High School

2010 - 11

  • Richard Vreeland, Gobles High School
  • Tenisha Jones, Benton Harbor High School

2009 - 10

  • Kristen Fitzsimmons, Cassopolis High School
  • Leigh Ann Ives, Lake Michigan Catholic High School



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