Taylor schools graduate win Holly McGeogh scholarship from FOP

Taylor Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #123 is proud to announce the winners of the fourth annual Holly McGeogh Memorial Scholarship.

The winner selected from Harry S Truman High School was 17-year-old Danielle Miller, who was chosen for her academic excellence as well and involvement in community service. Miller is a member of the JROTC. She plans to attend Michigan State University and major in nursing. Miller is the daughter of Kimberly Hoffelfinger.

Debbie Karabees-Betts, her counselor at Truman, recommended Miller for the scholarship saying, “Her ability to motivate herself and her peers makes her a leader and her strong convictions will serve her well as she faces the challenges of today’s society.”

In her essay, Miller said, “We talked of Holly in JROTC my freshman year and I know that Holly knew what she wanted to do with her life and she jumped right in with both feet giving it her all. We were so proud of her. I, too, know what path I would like to follow. I know I will accomplish my dream of becoming a nurse because I am very dedicated and determined to make it happen.”

The scholarship winner picked from John F. Kennedy High School is 17-year-old Phillip Dean, who was chosen for her academic performance, community involvement and essay. Dean, who plans to enter a career in business, will attend the University of Michigan-Dearborn. He is the son of Gordon and Darlene Dean.

 “Phil is outgoing, personable and intelligent,” said Kennedy counselor Courtney Osborne. “He is truly an all around great student; he is very active in his studies and helps with extracurricular activities.”

Both winners will receive $1,000 toward their college tuition. They will be presented with their scholarship plaques at the Taylor Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #123 golf outing at 1 p.m., Friday, June 22, at Taylor Meadows Golf Course, 25360 Ecorse Road.

The award is named the Holly McGeogh Memorial Scholarship in honor of Army Specialist McGeogh, a 2002 Truman graduate who was killed in a bomb blast in the war in Iraq in January 2004. McGeogh, who was 19 years old, was planning to attend college when she returned home from the Army.