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Naegele Scholarship Competition winners named

March 13, 2023

Northwood University is pleased to announce the winners of the 2023 Naegele Scholarship Competition.

The Naegele Scholarship Competition awards at least $1,500 to all presenters who compete for the Patricia and Robert Naegele Competitive Scholarship. The winners earn more scholarship dollars based on their presentation. 

The following students are 2023 Naegele Scholarship Competition winners:

• Makaylah Anderson of Midland

• Maze Gusa of Ubly

• Jacob Boisvert of Clarkston

• Steven Hackbarth of Midland

• Ashton DiBlasi of Saginaw

• Laney Jakeway of Harbor Springs

• Dominic DeFelice of South Lyon

• Nathan Surbrook of Midland

Robert and Patricia Naegele are iconic figures at Northwood. Although both have passed away, their legacy lives on through their past support of campus projects like Naegele Drive and Naegele Village Apartments, and their support of a variety of scholarships like the Patricia and Robert Naegele Competitive Scholarship.

To compete for Naegele scholarship funds, high school seniors write an essay and give an oral presentation about the American Dream. This year, there were 18 finalists who were invited to Northwood to present their work in front of selected Northwood faculty, including Academic Dean Dr. Patricia Timm.

The following students received honorable mention honors and $1,500 in scholarship funds:

• Nathan Ball of Bay City

• Mackenzie Bell of Sault Sainte Marie

• Elliot Carey of Plymouth

• Raegan Coffey of Pickerington, Ohio

• Roman Kortman of Grand Rapids

• Dylan Markovic of Holland

• Bella Smylie of Clare

• Andrew Spiteri of Sterling Heights

• Ariel Warner of Shepherd

• John Wayne of Milan

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Northwood University develops free-enterprise leaders who drive global social and economic progress. Rooted in the Northwood Idea, the University promotes the importance of free enterprise, ethics, individual freedom and responsibility. Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at a full-service, residential campus located in Midland, Michigan. The Adult Degree Program is offered in multiple states and online for students with transfer credits and work experience who are looking to complete their undergraduate degree. The DeVos Graduate School of Management offers MBA and Master of Science degrees in Finance, Business Analytics, Human Resources and Organizational Leadership with day and evening, and online delivery options. The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program is delivered online, with a differentiated focus on leadership and business analytics using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. International education is offered through study abroad and at International Program Centers in Switzerland, China (Changchun and Wuxi) and United Arab Emirates (UAE). For more information, visit

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