October 6, 2023

The Sanilac County Community Foundation is pleased to announce this year’s 2023 Sandusky High School graduate, Amelia Huysentruyt as the recipient of the Sheila Olbrich Fine Arts Scholarship.

Amelia plans to attend Siena Heights University to study Music Theatre and Music. Such a passion sprung from her parents Jake and Liz Huysentruyt who are music educators. Consequently, Amelia was exposed to community theatre and piano lessons at a young age and grew to play trombone in the Sandusky Bands, become quite involved in the drama club, take up private voice lessons, but also be involved in Academic Games, Student Council, and the National Honors Society. Amelia is also heavily involved in St. Joseph Catholic Church where she was able to discern her passions through cantoring weekly.

The Sheila Olbrich Fine Arts Scholarship Fund was established in 2006 by Lena Olbrich in honor of her daughter.  Sheila Olbrich graduated from Sandusky High School in 1980.  Her high school activities included the Debate Team, Drama Club and forensics.  In 1984 she went to the University of Michigan and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree.  She was a social studies major with heavy emphasis on drama.  After graduation, Sheila traveled until 1989 and, upon returning to Sandusky, started the M.S. drama program and accepted the position as Director of the drama club at the high school.  “Drama gives kids a chance to express themselves…more for kids not involved in sports…drama gave these kids the ability to express themselves.  Sheila wanted to encourage that”, remembers her mother.  The goal of this scholarship is to continue to support and encourage Sandusky High School students….For Good For Ever.

This scholarship is administered through the Sanilac County Community Foundation (SCCF). For more information on scholarship opportunities through the Sanilac County Community Foundation, contact the Foundation office at 810-648-3634.

For Good. For Ever.