Family and Friends of Nicholas Scheall

Family and Friends of Nicholas Scheall

Nicholas Scheall was born and resided all his life in Bay City, Michigan. He attended Bay City Western High School where he excelled academically and was recognized on the National Dean’s List and by Who’s Who among American High School Students. He was also a member of Alpha Mu Gamma, a national foreign language honor society. He participated in the symphonic band, marching band, and jazz band. He took a top award in the annual Math Olympics competition hosted by Saginaw Valley State University. This achievement helped him earn a scholarship to attend SVSU.

As a college student at Saginaw Valley State University, Nicholas was a member of the National College Honor Scholarship Society, Alpha Psi Omega (a national honorary dramatic fraternity), and the SVSU Marching Band, which honored him with their Musician of the Year. He also received the Mayme Hamilton Award for Excellence in Tutoring, and recognition by Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges. He was a student mentor for the Science and Mathematics Extravaganza for Kids (SMEK) Summer Camp. Nicholas earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from SVSU in 2001, graduating summa cum laude.

Nicholas pursued his Master’s Degree in Mathematics at Michigan State University, achieving the degree in 2003. During his time at MSU, he was a graduate teaching assistant and earned the Junior Teaching Assistant Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2002.

In 2006, Nicholas returned to his alma mater, SVSU, as an adjunct faculty member and tutor in the Math Lab. He became a lecturer of Mathematics in 2010. He continued his commitment to and participation in competitions that invited high school students to SVSU. Always meticulous and self-directed as a student, Nicholas wanted to share his passion for mathematics with these young people, and also excite them about the possibility of attending SVSU.

In addition to mathematics, Nicholas was also remained passionate about music and the arts. He served as the musical director at Bay City All Saints Central High School for 17 years. His interests included magic, origami, puzzles, and Broadway plays. He played soccer and was a fan of professional tennis and football, especially the Green Bay Packers.

Nicholas passed away suddenly on August 18, 2016, and is sadly missed by his family, friends, colleagues, and students. Through the generosity of his family with a gift in his memory, and the wish of his SVSU colleagues in the College of Science, Engineering, and Technology to recognize his dedication to his students and passion for mathematics, a scholarship is named in his honor.