Eighth-grade students have opportunity to receive life-changing scholarship 10/27/2020

Five metro Detroit’s eighth-graders were named Liggett Merit Scholars, earning full- and half-tuition scholarships to University Liggett School for four years.

The highly competitive scholarships, based on academic achievement, teacher recommendations, interviews, writing samples, test scores and overall potential impact on the Liggett community, draw applicants from throughout the region.

This year’s Liggett Merit Scholarship recipients are:

Jake Juip of Grosse Pointe who joined Liggett from St. Paul on the Lake. Jake is one of a kind. He is a confident, perceptive, optimistic, and creative entrepreneur. He is a gifted public speaker. “Jake has a rare degenerative condition, which limits his mobility. These limitations have only strengthened his resiliency, determination, spirit, and his passion for helping others,” said Stephanie Sikora, director of enrollment management.

Jordan Stefanides-Cartagena of Roseville who joined Liggett from Roseville Middle School. “Jordan is a hard-working and committed student-athlete. He is kind, inclusive and eager. This opportunity will open doors for Jordan to further develop his academic and leadership potential,” Sikora said.

Isabella Haladjian of Grosse Pointe Shores is a University Liggett School student. Isabella has attended Liggett since prekindergarten. “Isabella exhibits a quiet leadership, a passion for learning, a love of languages, robotics, and music. She is a tremendous ambassador for Liggett,” Sikora said

Mallory Childs of Grosse Pointe Farms joined Liggett from Grosse Pointe Academy. Childs is a highly engaged, compassionate, and talented student with strong leadership potential. “She has a strong passion for government, social justice, and women’s empowerment. She has multiple athletic, musical, and artistic talents,” Sikora said.

Olivia Jacque of Detroit joined Liggett from Bates Academy in Detroit. “Olivia is an extraordinarily talented student-athlete with interests in music, graphic arts, and community service. She is a positive leader and collaborator. She will also be an impactful addition to the girls’ basketball team and the orchestra,” Sikora said.

Eighth-grade students looking for a world-class academic experience are encouraged to apply for a merit scholarship at University Liggett School prior to January 15, 2021. Applicants will receive notification by mid-February 2021.

“We strive to deliver academic excellence to every student who walks through our doors, and we are always looking for the best and brightest students across metro Detroit,” said Sikora. “Students who have earned a merit scholarship to ULS not only contribute to our school’s success but have proceeded to do incredible things. We’ve seen merit scholars go on to be Rhodes and Fulbright Scholars and attend top Ivy League universities.”

University Liggett School has provided more than 45 students with a four-year scholarship since the onset of the Liggett Merit Scholarship program.

To apply and learn more about the University Liggett School Merit Scholarship, visit