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ULS announces 2022-2023 Liggett Merit Scholars; Rising ninth-grade students have opportunity to receive life-changing scholarship

Three metro Detroit eighth-graders were named Liggett Merit Scholars, earning 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: 

Brendan Beland – Parcells Middle School

Brendan is a high-achieving student who will be an excellent leader and contributor in our community. He tied for the highest score on our math assessment for the upper school. His favorite subjects are History and Math.  Brendan is a competitive swimmer. He is currently a member of the cross country team and plans on swimming this winter and playing lacrosse in the spring.

Zaire Polk – University Liggett school

Zaire has been at ULS since the 6th grade and was the recipient of the Nicole Marie Shammas Memorial scholarship in middle school.  He is an intelligent, charismatic and confident student who is well-rounded in the arts as a pianist and a singer, a skilled writer, and strong in math. He is currently a member of the soccer team and plans on participating in the upcoming winter musical.

Lucy Wujek – St. Paul Catholic School

We expect that Lucy will have a notable impact on our community. Teachers describe her as a voracious reader who often understands an author’s craft on a deeper level. She often researches beloved topics from her readings. She is currently a member of the volleyball team but plans to be active in theater and other clubs throughout the year.

Current 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 13, 2023. Applicants will receive notification by mid-February 2023.

“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 Stephanie Sikora, Director of Enrollment Management. “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 48 students with a four-year scholarship since the onset of the Liggett Merit Scholarship program.

Members of the Class of 2026 can apply and learn more about the University Liggett School Merit Scholarship, visit