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Friday, July 14, 2023 (Ann Arbor, MI) — A Pinckney couple have provided eight $2,500 scholarships to local high school seniors in support of their continued studies in music and other subjects at college.

For the eighth year in a row, the Remedios Montalbo and A. Michael Young Scholarships were offered in collaboration with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra (A2SO), recognizing and supporting highly-motivated college-bound seniors at Pinckney and Ypsilanti Community High Schools. The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra is committed to playing an active role in the southeastern Michigan region through learning and community initiatives. A2SO musicians have paired with Pinckney HS students on stage for Side by Side concerts in recent years, and the orchestra is expanding its initiatives through farmers market events, performances at area libraries, and more.

For A2SO Executive Director Sarah Calderini, “these scholarships provide a shining example of what’s possible when the community comes together to support the bright minds of tomorrow. We continue to be grateful for the Young’s commitment and generosity, and wish the scholarship recipients well as they embark on their studies at university and beyond.”

The son of a German immigrant, A. Michael Young was raised in Detroit, meeting Remedios Montalbo after she had moved to the United States from the Phillipines to pursue a postgraduate degree. After more than 30 years as research scientists at Parke-Davis, Warner-Lambert and Pfizer, the couple remain deeply involved in Washtenaw and Livingston counties, promoting and empowering education and volunteerism.

Listed below are the scholarship winners:

2023 Ypsilanti Community HS Scholarship recipients

General studies:

Nyla Hood (will attend the University of Michigan, Dearborn)

Mohamed Kourourma (will attend Washtenaw Community College)

Jade Smith (will attend Washtenaw Community College)

La’nyia Larsh-South (will attend Eastern Michigan University)

2023 Pinckney Community HS Scholarship recipients

General studies:

Julia McGee (will attend Grand Valley State University)

Gracie Hazelton (will attend Michigan State University)

Music studies:

Kaitlyn Bimer (will attend the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)

Davis Radde (will attend Northern Michigan University)