The David Barns Scholarship

David was the personification of a true student-athlete. He achieved basketball success at every level; winning the 12-U Elks Hoop Shoot State Championship, earning All-State honors in high school, and playing at the highest level collegiately at Detroit Mercy. More importantly, David had an equal amount of success in the classroom. He maintained high academic standards throughout high school and college. He was regularly named to the Dean’s list at UDM and completed his Master’s Degree in Computer Information Systems in 2007. Finally, David maintained a strong sense of community after his collegiate career was complete. His work through B&D Basketball camps and coaching touched the lives of countless individuals.

For 2018, The David Barns Scholarship will be awarding a scholarship to both a male and female high school senior that best represents David’s athletic prowess, academic excellence, and commitment to the community. The scholarship will provide $2,500 of financial assistance for college tuition. Additionally, the scholarship is eligible for renewal for three years, assuming good academic standing, continued community involvement, and a service commitment to the Foundation.

*Eligible high school seniors must attend school in Genesee, Lapeer, Oakland, or Macomb counties in Michigan.


The 2018 application period is now closed. The scholarship finalists will be contacted directly. 

Thank you to everyone who applied for this year’s scholarships!


Scholarship Selection Criteria & Policies

Past Scholarship Recipients


2017 David Barns Scholarship Recipient

Danielle Petras
Farmington High School
Michigan State University – Psychology and Criminal Justice

Hi! I am Danielle Petras. I recently graduated from Farmington High School in Farmington, Michigan where I was very involved with three varsity sports and a lot of clubs. I played volleyball, basketball, and softball and was the president of the National Honor Society. I also was involved with Link Crew and DECA to name a few. I am passionate about community service, family, and faith. The youth group that I was a part of did a lot of service, including a mission trip each summer to different areas of the country to help those in need.  I am also very passionate about Relay for Life. I have been a part of the Relay for Life of Farmington for as long as I can remember. Two years ago I had the honor of speaking as the keynote speaker at the Luminaria Ceremony at the Relay for Life of Farmington, and this past year I joined the Event Leadership Team. This year at MSU I am planning on joining a youth group, joining a community service group, being heavily involved in the MSU Relay for Life and playing lots of intramural teams. I also plan to study a lot, of course 🙂 I am studying psychology and criminal justice. I was searching for scholarships when I came across details about David’s. I immediately knew I had to apply when I sensed so many similarities between David and my mom. My mom battled Stage 4 Colon Cancer for 3 years, but unfortunately lost her battle in February of 2014. Although I had been walking Relay tracks since birth, after losing my mom at the young age of 15, my desire to find a cure only grew stronger. My mom was a true warrior, just like David. She made the most of every day and never gave up, no matter how difficult things got. She was determined, selfless, loving, and compassionate, which are all qualities of David that I have learned through the stories that people have shared about him. My mom was an incredible woman, and I know David was an incredible man, as well. I thank the Barnes family for this scholarship, for this community, for this love, and for sharing David’s life, love, and legacy with me. Both David and my mom’s lives will live on through the people that they touched, forever and always.  #KimStrong – Faith. Hope. Life.


2017 David Barns Scholarship Recipient

Joey Stark
Troy Athens
Hope College – Undecided

I am a proud member of the graduating class of 2017 from Troy Athens High School, and I am now entering my freshman year at Hope College in Holland, MI where I will be continuing both my academic and football careers. In high school I was a part of the Athens baseball and football programs and served as a captain for both during my Senior year. I was also the Executive Vice President of student council and a state qualifier through the Business Professionals of America program. I have two sisters; MaryGrace, 21, is a senior at Central Michigan University studying to be a Physician’s Assistant, and Emma, 9, who is currently in fifth grade. In my free time I love working as a volunteer youth basketball coach and have coached Emma’s teams for the past two seasons. This has become a great passion of mine, as I believe that youth sports play a huge role in the development of young people and is a tremendous platform to teach kids important lessons such as teamwork and accountability. My major is currently undecided however I am leaning towards the business and communications route with the dream of someday becoming a high school or college football coach. I am extremely honored to be a recipient of this scholarship and I look forward to working with the Foundation for years to come.


2016 David Barns Scholarship Recipient

Magdalena Kotlarz
Utica High School/Utica Center for Math, Science, and Technology
Michigan State University – Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

I grew up in Shelby Township in a Polish household, both of my parents spoke Polish so the language and culture was always a part of my life. In the future I would like to go to medical school and pursue a career as a doctor. I am still unsure what I would like to specialize in but I’m leaning towards Neurology. I enjoy traveling. Just this summer I went to Poland where I visited several cities and family with my best friend. It was an amazing experience. I’m looking forward to this upcoming school year and hopeful for what the future holds.


2016 David Barns Scholarship Recipient

Cameron Pawlik
Clarkston High School
University of Michigan – Neuroscience

Cameron will be entering his sophomore year at the University of Michigan, where he is studying Neuroscience. His hometown is Clarkston, MI but he has enjoyed many years of visiting Ann Arbor and participating in ‘Maize and Blue’ activities with his older siblings. Outside of the classroom, Cameron works as a lifeguard for UM Recreational Sports and as a research assistant in a human brain electrophysiology lab. He also enjoys staying active by playing soccer or sand volleyball and spending time with his large family including nieces and nephew. After graduation, Cameron hopes to attend medical school and become a physician.


2015 David Barns Scholarship Recipient

Lauren Robb
Goodrich High School
Grand Valley State University – Biomedical Science

The David’s Faith and Hope for Life academic scholarship has given me the opportunity to attend Grand Valley and really take control of my education. Because of their financial assistance, Grand Valley has become my home away from home. For the past two years that I’ve lived here, I’ve made amazing friends, formed great relationships with professors, and received a pristine education. On campus, I do biomedical science research, am a physiology teaching assistant and an Honor’s College Mentor, and I play every intramural sport possible. I also volunteer in a continuing care hospital and work as a scribe in the Emergency Departments for Spectrum Health. I aspire to attend medical school upon graduation from Grand Valley State University. I cannot wait to be able to give back to the David’s Faith and Hope for Life Foundation as they have allowed me to chase my dreams in education and in life. I would not have the confidence to reach my goals without their continued love and advice. I didn’t just receive a scholarship, I received a family!


2014 David Barns Scholarship Recipient

Christine Rysenga
Berkley High School
University of Michigan
Evolutionary Anthropology

I am currently a senior at the University of Michigan studying Evolutionary Anthropology, while also taking the pre-medical classes required for a career in medicine. On campus, I work in a human genetics lab researching the long and short-term effects of placental malaria on growth and overall health patterns in the Dogon people of Mali, West Africa. I am also conducing another research project for my honors thesis investigating scaling patterns of the gluteal muscle origins of the ilia (a pelvic bone) in non-human primates. I am working extremely hard during my senior year for both of these studies to be published in research journals by the time I graduate. In addition to research, I also volunteer for SAPAC (the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center), and the University of Michigan Hospital. I have greatly enjoyed my time at Michigan, and have had extreme amounts of fun on campus participating in various campus events, attending football games, and being a member of my social sorority, Alpha Delta Pi. After graduation I am planning on taking a year or two to conduct field research abroad before continuing on to medical school. I aspire to become a surgeon of some kind, while also continuing to be heavily involved in research. I am extremely grateful to the David’s Faith and Hope for Life organization as well as the Barnes family for all the support they have given me over the last three years, and am excited to continue to work with them in the years to come.