First Recipients of Grand Hotel Scholarship Announced

Students performing see rock city and other destinations

At this year’s Arts Weekend at Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, the Grand Hotel Endowed Scholarship for Arts & Letters will be presented for the first time to six deserving students.

Funded by the Musser family, owners of Grand Hotel, the scholarship was created to support students who wish to pursue creative endeavors both inside and outside the classroom. The endowment also rewards students who seek to enhance their lives through creativity.

man and woman sitting on porch in white rocker chairs with red flowers surrounding them
Amelia Musser and Dan Musser II 

The first six recipients of the scholarship, all Theatre majors in Michigan State University’s Department of Theatre, each embody the goal of the endowment and are exploring creative pursuits as part of their education at MSU.

The 2017 scholarship recipients include:

  • Janette Angelini, junior, BFA Theatre with a minor in Musical Theatre
  • Shelby Antel, junior, BFA Theatre and Media and Information major
  • Trevor Earley, junior, BFA Theatre
  • Evan Houdek, sophomore, BFA Theatre
  • Greg Hunter, MFA Acting
  • Nicole Tini, BFA Theatre with a minor in Musical Theatre
Students performing See Rock City and Other Destinations on stage
From left to right: Janette Angelini, Shelby Antel, Greg Hunter, Trevor Earley, Evan Houdek, James Geer (Community Actor), Nicole Tini.

The students will receive acknowledgement of their scholarship awards at one of the beautiful porch receptions hosted throughout the weekend. Friday evening, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy the student performance of See Rock City and Other Destinations in Grand Hotel Theatre.

The Musser family has had a close relationship with Michigan State University throughout the years. Both Dan Musser III and his father, the late Dan Musser II, have had close ties with MSU’s School of Hospitality Business and the College of Arts & Letters through Amelia Musser, who is the mother of Dan Musser III and widow of Dan Musser II. Amelia Musser served as a member of former College of Arts & Letters Dean John Eadie’s Dean Community Council. This council was responsible for establishing the great tradition of Arts Weekend. Because of Amelia’s love for the arts and writing, the influence of the arts is a major part of Grand Hotel and the Musser family.

The 23rd annual Arts Weekend at Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island is set for June 23-25. A portion of all Arts Weekend reservation fees are added to the Grand Hotel Endowed Scholarship for Arts & Letters fund.

For more information, visit the Arts Weekend at Grand Hotel web page.