DEARBORN – Henry Ford College student Hassan Hammoud is the 2020 recipient of the Rotary Club of Dearborn’s annual HFC Nursing Scholarship that was established approximately 18 years ago. A graduate of Fordson High School, Hammoud is scheduled to graduate from HFC in December.
In addition to taking online classes through HFC, Hammoud is working full time as an extern at Beaumont Hospital-Dearborn in the Neurology Department.
Passionate about the nursing profession, Hammoud shared that his brother, cousin, and uncle are nurses. Following graduation from HFC, he looks forward to earning a bachelor’s degree in nursing, and long-term wants to become a nurse practitioner or nursing instructor.
MiKayla Adams received the Archer Veterans scholarship. A student at University of Michigan-Dearborn, Adams is a cadet in the Army National Guard and enrolled in the UM-D ROTC program. She is majoring in communications and will graduate in 2021 as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.
Currently, she is secretary of the Student Veterans Association and is doing an internship with a foster care organization.
When asked how COVID-19 has impacted her life, Adams replied, “Not being able to socialize is hard, but it’s given me more time to volunteer my services.”
Volunteering at Focus Hope, she delivers food boxes to people in the community.
The Archer Veterans scholarship is made possible by an endowment funded by the Archer family, Dearborn Rotary Foundation, and Spiratex Corp., a company founded by Hugh Archer, a Dearborn resident and Rotarian who died in 2005.
An astute businessman, engineer, scientist, attorney and humanitarian, Archer became the president of Rotary International in 1989-1990 and served as its general secretary.
In honor of Archer’s service in the U.S. Navy during World War II, the Archer Veterans scholarship was established in 2017.
Two years ago, funds from Archer Veterans scholarship were also made available to qualifying participants in the 19th District Veterans Court, a program designed to help veterans in need of mental health or substance abuse treatment and other services.
According to Murray Davis, program coordinator at the 19th District Veterans Treatment Court in Dearborn, the Archer funds help veterans with educational expenses to help further their schooling or training as they become contributing members of the community.
Eric Rader, Dearborn Rotary president for 2019-20, thanked Rotarian Lee Hollmann for his service as liaison for the HFC Nursing scholarship selected by the HFC Nursing Department. Hollmann and Rotarian Darlene Schoolmaster helped in the establishment of the Archer Veterans Scholarship, whose recipients are selected by UM-D and 19th District Court.
“In addition to serving as a liaison, Hollmann has spent untold hours with committee support to document all of our scholarship programs and selection process,” Rader said.
In May, Dearborn Rotary announced a total of more than $60,000 awarded to 24 graduating high school seniors in Dearborn. Since 1999, the Dearborn Rotary Foundation has awarded a total of more than $535,000 in scholarships in the different categories.
Founded in 1923, the Rotary Club of Dearborn is the city’s oldest service organization and is a member of Rotary International bringing 1.2 million members in over 34,000 individual clubs together to live the motto of “Service Above Self.”