Michael Desmarais showed excellence in leadership and kindness as a Grand Knight for the Knights of Columbus. He volunteered countless hours to raise money for various charities. Even after being diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in July of 2011, Mike never gave up fighting. A scholarship was created in his name at Eastern Michigan University. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide $1,000 to a first year EMU nursing student who not only excels academically but also possesses leadership skills and commitment to charity similar to that of Mike. On behalf of generous donors including the Student Nurses' Association and the Desmarais family this year's scholarship was awarded to Kimberly Manchester at the Nursing Pinning Ceremony. We are happy to honor Mike's spirit through this award.