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University Liggett School announces 2023-24 recipient of the Nicole Marie Shammas Memorial Scholarship

University Liggett School is delighted to announce that Grace Dakmak of Grosse Pointe Shores has been selected as the recipient of the esteemed Nicole Marie Shammas Memorial Scholarship for the academic year 2023-24.

This distinguished scholarship, awarded annually to a deserving sixth-grade student for the duration of their Middle School years (6th-8th grade), is designed to recognize young individuals who display a keen interest in the arts and demonstrate exceptional academic potential.

Reflecting on her achievement, Dakmak shared her enthusiasm, saying she is excited to be a student at ULS. 

Hailing from Star of the Sea, Dakmak has a love for art and is an active participant in volleyball. Additionally, she has plans to join the middle school tennis team in the upcoming spring season.

The Nicole Marie Shammas Memorial Scholarship, generously awarding $2,000 per student, is presented to three middle school students annually. The unwavering support of Robert and Elizabeth Shammas has enabled more than 40 students to benefit from this scholarship over the years. Furthermore, the Michael Giorgio family has contributed a memorial tree in Nicole's honor, which now thrives in the school's courtyard.

This scholarship is a testament to the school's commitment to its endowment program, made possible through the kind-hearted contributions of the Shammas family of Grosse Pointe Woods and those who cherished Nicole's memory. Nicole tragically passed away during her time in Middle School in 1986.

We are proud to announce that, along with Dakmak, this year's recipients of the Nicole Marie Shammas Memorial Scholarship also include seventh-grader Rocco Vesprini '29 of St. Clair Shores and eighth-grader Kylie McClain '28 of Grosse Ile.