Pamela Peterson of Iron Mountain is the recipient of the first Northern Michigan University “full-ride” Harden Scholarship designated specifically for transfer students. She will transfer to Northern from Bay College this fall as a social work major, and said her goal is to become a substance use disorder counselor.
The Harden Scholarship covers tuition and most required fees, along with room and board.
“I decided I was going to NMU after attending Wildcat Weekend last spring and seeing what their social work program had to offer,” said Peterson. “I applied the very next day and was accepted to NMU shortly after. This award will help me achieve my goal of working with recovering alcoholics/addicts and helping them live a life of continued recovery and sobriety.”
Northern holds its annual Presidential Scholars Competition late in the fall semester. It is typically for high school seniors vying for first-year scholarships, but the most recent event marked the first time that transfer students were invited to participate.
“We expected 10 transfer students, but had 11 compete,” said Lucas Abromowitz, senior associate director of transfer recruitment management with NMU Admissions. “In addition to Pamela receiving the first transfer Harden Scholarship, two transfer students received a Waldo Scholarship worth $3,000 per year for four years, and two others received a Kaye-Munson Scholarship valued at $1,000 per year. It was a great group of high-achieving transfer students. We're excited to continue welcoming transfer students to NMU and helping them achieve their bachelor's degree.”
Find more information on NMU's Presidential Scholars competition here.