2018-06-07 / Living

Mary Kay Olson scholarship winners awarded


Nisha Krishnan (left) and Veronica Sikora (right) 
Photo provided Nisha Krishnan (left) and Veronica Sikora (right) Photo provided GRAND BLANC — The Mary Kay Olson scholarship was established by the Grand Blanc High School Class of 1962 in memory of their Valedictorian. Her brother, John P. Olson set up an endowment to fund the scholarship forever, continuing her legacy of helping other women go into engineering or the sciences.

This year’s scholarships go to two very deserving recipients, Nisha Krishnan and Veronica Sikora. Krishnan has a GPA of 4.4 and is a member of the debate team, was a member of the after school acapella group, the University of Michigan MYE choirs, is a National Merit Finalist, and a National Scholar. She plans to go to the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in Biochemistry and Math.

Sikora has a GPA of 4.3 and has been accepted to the University of Michigan Honors Program. She found her passion in taking AP Chemistry, AP Biology and did analytical chemistry as a project of choice in AP research. Her hobbies are hiking, gardening, reading and art.

These girls are the kind of students Olson was trying to inspire when she started a local chapter of American Association of University Women where girls could attend the summer programs in math and science.

Olson was a Grand Blanc alumnus from Kindergarten through her 12th grade graduation and was the daughter of a 5th grade teacher in the district for over 25 years (Mary Jane Kosovec Olson).

Mary Kay had a long and distinguished career as a Systems Engineer with IBM in Tarry Town, NY. She became an engineer when very few women entered that field. She was only one of two women in her Calculus class at the University of Michigan, and being a pioneer in women in Engineering, it was her passion to help other women have careers in the sciences.

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