WARREN, Mich. (May 13, 2019) – De La Salle Collegiate senior Joe Zynda is one of 22 students nationwide who is a recipient of Western Michigan University’s 2019 Medallion Scholarship. The scholarship is valued at $60,000.
Dr. Staci Perryman-Clark, associate dean of Western’s Lee Honors College, presented Zynda with a certificate in a brief ceremony held at De La Salle.
Applicants for the scholarship need a minimum grade-point average and standardized test scores. Zynda carries a 4.0 GPA. Over 1,000 students applied for the scholarship this year.
Zynda plans to major in aviation science. He is currently taking pilot lessons and working toward a private pilot’s license. He flies out of Romeo State Airport, and has logged 26 hours thus far. The license requires a minimum of 70 hours, which Zynda plans to complete before he heads to Kalamazoo this fall.
He says completing the lessons now will save him money in future lessons, and ready him for instrument training at WMU.
“This scholarship means everything to me,” he said. “It allows me to achieve my dreams to become a pilot, which is what I’ve always wanted to do.”
He has been recognized for his academics on the sports side as well, receiving an Academic All-State medal for his track achievements. He throws discus, and recently threw a personal best at the Catholic League championships. Zynda finished seventh in discus the 2018 state finals. State regionals are this weekend.
Zynda has also played football for four years, earning two state championship medals, and was a three-year member of the Pilots powerlifting team.
He received a preferred walk-on for football at Hillsdale College, but wants to pursue his aviation dreams.
Zynda lives in Shelby Township with his parents, Steve and Sharon Zynda. His older sister Haley just graduated from the University of Kentucky and will attend Ohio State University for her master’s; older brother John graduated from Utica Eisenhower High School, and is earning a welding license from the Industrial Arts Institute in Onoway, Mich.
De La Salle alumnus Aaron Brzezinski was a Medallion Scholar in 2012.