MOUNT PLEASANT (WJRT) (11/07/2017) - With the Flint water emergency roiling the city, 10-year-old Amariyanna "Mari" Copeny penned a letter to President Barack Obama inviting him to visit.
She wanted to bring attention to the public health crisis affecting Flint in early 2016. Obama accepted her invitation and visited Flint in May 2016.
On Monday, Copeny got a tour of Central Michigan University. But her tour included more than most -- ending with the presentation of a $25,000 scholarship at the end.
CMU President George E. Ross presented the scholarship in person.
"What? No way!" Copeny exclaimed when Ross presented her with the scholarship.
Ross, a Flint native, gave Copeny a letter with the scholarship, in which he noted her impact on the city of Flint.
"I am proud that you are a member of our CMU family and represent us in such an impressive manner," he said. "Mari, your achievements serve as a leadership example to our entire university, this state, the nation and beyond. Thank you for putting your stamp on the world."
To receive the conditional scholarship award, Copeny must enroll as a degree-seeking student in an eligible program, continuously enroll full time and achieve a minimum grade point average of 3.0 during the life of the scholarship.