Scholarship Winners Thank Their "Angel" Laura Durham For Helping Them Follow Their Dreams
Students Mariana Delgado of Fennville and Samantha White of Saugatuck come from different worlds, have different career path plans and want to impact the lives of others in very different ways.
But the two college-bound young ladies agree they share one important thing in common: both said they have an angel in their lives and her name is Laura Durham, owner of Mill Pond Realty in Saugatuck.
Both ladies are the recipients of the 2016 “Laura Durham’s Follow Your Dream Scholarship”, each receiving $1,000 to help them with their college plans, expenses and life goals.
Durham, one of the most successful and sought after Realtors in the Saugatuck/Douglas area, said she is fulfilling her own dream of helping young people succeed in life through her scholarship support.
“We were looking for young people to tell us about their passion and heart and vision in following their dreams,” said Durham.
“These scholarships are not based on grades or recommendations from teachers or anyone else. We ask them to write an essay sharing that dream and passion they have for a fulfilling life.”
Delgado and White were selected to receive the monetary awards based on their essays about their dreams for an exciting and impactful future, what motivates them, and how they exhibit teamwork in their home, school and community.
Durham, well-known for her many philanthropic efforts to promote the Saugatuck/Douglas area and beyond, said she is excited to see how the life plans of her two most recent scholarship recipients turn out.
“These are two remarkable young ladies…and well deserving,” noted Durham.
Durham, whose Mill Pond Realty is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, began her business career at age 20 and started her own hometown realty firm at 29.
Delgado’s goals include attending Lake Michigan College this fall and majoring in criminal justice. She said she plans to later transfer to Western Michigan University to further continue her education.
“I’ve always wanted to help people with whatever they need, such as single parents or those who have to be subsidized by the state just to get by. Thanks to Laura, my dreams are starting to come true.”
White will attend Central Michigan University, majoring in special education to help those in need.
“I’ve never experienced being a special needs’ student, but I’ve seen what they go through,” said White.
“I feel they deserve a chance like everyone else in life who doesn’t have a disability. I want to be a part of
their lives; help them reach their goals, and, like Laura, help them succeed!”