Continuing your education beyond high school, whether it be at a college, university, or a trade/vocational school, opens doors to greater opportunities and career paths. We know, however, that the cost of higher education can be a barrier for many students. Thanks to the generosity of many individuals and families, we are able to offer more than 20 scholarships to help support the scholastic development of local students. Scholarships are awarded based on criteria set by the donors, including financial need, the school the applicant is attending, academic achievement, and/or personal or career goals. Specific eligibility criteria is provided below for each scholarship available.
Completing our general online application enters you in the selection process for more than 20 scholarship funds (some scholarship funds require an additional essay). The application deadline was Thursday, March 15, 2018.
Step 1. Review the scholarships below and determine those for which you are eligible to apply. Some scholarships require that you attended a particular school, some have requirements about where you’ll go after you graduate. The Criteria outlines any preference for particular areas of study or involvement. Read through the available scholarships to see where you might fit. Note: North Central Michigan College Early College students should apply during their 5th year of Early College for support following graduation from the Early College program.
Step 2. Complete the Financial Information Form. Fill out the top portion before sending this form to the Student Financial Aid Office of your selected college(s)/university(ies). If you have not yet been accepted but are seriously considering attending, send it in. Be aware the college or university may not be able to send the form directly back to us, so you are responsible for ensuring we receive the form by Thursday, March 15, 2018. Update: If you are unable to get a completed Financial Information Form from your college or university, you may login to your online student account and provide us your financial aid information directly from your student financial aid information section. Please contact Sarah Ford at firstname.lastname@example.org or (231)348-5820 with any questions.
Step 3. Ask for a letter of recommendation. The letter of recommendation should be completed by someone who knows you well, such as an instructor, work supervisor, religious advisor, or community mentor. It should not be completed by a relative or classmate.
Step 4. Request your official transcript and SAT scores from your school counselor.
Step 5. Complete the online application. If you are unable to complete the online application for any reason, please contact Sarah Ford at email@example.com or (231) 348-5820.
Note: Scholarships provided through the Charlevoix County Community Foundation (CCCF) are due to CCCF by Wednesday, March 1, 2018. Visit www.c3f.org for more information.
|Amy Elizabeth Kelbel Scholarship
This fund was established in 1999 by the members of the Stephen and Vivian Rose Kelbel family. The goals of the fund are to pay tribute to its namesake, who was an outstanding student at Petoskey High School until injuries received in a tragic automobile accident curtailed her high school experience; to encourage participation in two of Amy’s favorite activities: debate and forensics; and to assist graduates in fulfilling their own educational aspirations.
|Student graduating from Petoskey High School who will continue his/her education at a college, university, or community college. This scholarship is also open to home school students. Selection based on academic performance and citizenship. Preference will be given to students who have participated in debate and/or forensics.||$1,500 for one year; non-renewable.|
|Anna Funk Memorial Scholarship
The fund was established by her parents and sister, through donations from family and friends, to honor Anna’s memory. Anna was a teacher her entire life. Her graduation from Alma College in 1994, with a degree in elementary education, only made this distinction official. The following is Anna’s teaching philosophy: “I believe that all children can learn. No matter their background or level of intelligence, I believe that all children can succeed. It is my job as a teacher to be patient, put forth time and effort, and establish a creative, motivational, and stimulating learning environment that encourages success. I also believe that as a teacher, I must support the emotional development of a child, as well as the intellectual. I feel that a child must be helped to discover and develop his/her own uniqueness and learn to share it with others. He/she must be encouraged to do his/her best and to be the best person possible.” Anna’s teaching career was brief, as she died from brain cancer at age 23. Through the establishment of this scholarship fund, it is her family’s hope that Anna’s passion for teaching others will continue.
|Student graduating from Harbor Springs High School who will continue his/her education at a four-year college/university, community college, technical or vocational college. Selection based on achieving full academic potential; exhibiting a well balanced academic, social and spiritual lifestyle. Financial need will be taken into account and will be a deciding factor with applicants of equal qualities.||$1,000 for one year; non-renewable.|
|Baiardi Family Foundation Scholarship – Harbor Springs/Petoskey
The Baiardi Family Foundation Scholarship Fund was established in 2003 by the trustees of the Baiardi Family Foundation to aid academically excellent graduates of Harbor Springs High School, Harbor Light Christian School, Petoskey High School, St. Michael Academy or Concord Academy-Petoskey in pursuing their education.
|High school students graduating in the current year from Harbor Springs High School, Harbor Light Christian School, Petoskey High School, St. Michael Academy or Concord Academy-Petoskey who are continuing their education at a four-year college or university in the coming fall. Selection will be based on academic excellence and financial need.||Two awards for $2,000 each for one year. Award is non-renewable and must be used in the academic year for which it is awarded. Recipients will be required to submit a thank you note to donors before the funds can be released.|
|Baiardi Family Foundation Scholarship – Alanson/Pellston
In 2011, the Baiardi Family Foundation committed to providing additional scholarship opportunities to high school students from Alanson and Pellston Public Schools.
|High school students graduating in the current year from Alanson High School and/or Pellston High School who are continuing their education at a Community College in the coming fall. Selection will be based on academic excellence and financial need.
||Two awards for $1,500 each for one year. Award is non-renewable and must be used in the academic year for which it is awarded. Recipients will be required to submit a thank you note to donors before the funds can be released.|
|Barry Potter/HOPE Scholarship
This fund was established in 1999 by Barry Potter, a graduate of Pellston High School. This scholarship is meant to help a Pellston High School graduate continue his/her education, preferably in the fields of computer science or health.
|High school graduate from Pellston High School who will be enrolled at least half time at a college, university or technical college. Must have attended school in Pellston grade 9-12 at least two years. Selection based primarily on financial need. Additional criteria include: scholastic ability, attendance, community service, character, leadership, attitude, and citizenship. Preference will be given to students pursuing studies in computer science or health-related field.||$1,000 for one-year. Students may apply for renewal, but priority will be given to graduating students.|
|Café Society Educational Scholarship
The Café Society Educational Fund Scholarship was established in 2010 by artist William Hosner and friends to provide assistance to further education for high school graduates who work or have worked at a regional coffee house.
|High school graduate or GED holder living in Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, or Leelanau counties who works or worked at a coffee house for at least one year to pursue an education at an accredited college, university, community college, trade/technical school, art school, or vocational institution. A regional coffee house is defined as a public establishment with headquarters and locations in the mentioned counties that is primarily engaged in preparing and serving coffee. Examples include but are not limited to Stained Cup, Cuppa Joe, Roast & Toast Coffee & Café, and Higher Grounds Trading Co. Based on financial need and clearly defined personal goals.||$500 for one year; non-renewable.|
|C.W. McClellan Scholarship
The C.W. “Mac” McClellan Scholarship Fund was established in 1998 by a group of Mac’s friends to honor his service to his community in general, and the Republican Party in particular. Mac McClellan always had a keen interest in history and politics and this scholarship is meant to assist a student from Emmet County, preferably in the study of political science and/or history.
|High school senior graduating from an Emmet County high school; planning to attend a college or university at least half time. Selection based on scholastic ability and citizenship. Some weight will be given to financial need. Preference will be given to students with an interest in the study of political science or history.||$1,000 for one-year; non-renewable.|
|Gerald Gramzay – Stafford’s Hospitality Culinary Scholarship
The Gerald Gramzay Stafford’s Hospitality Culinary Scholarship Fund was created in 2013 as a legacy for Gerald and to remember his contributions to the culinary arts at Stafford’s Hospitality and in the greater community.
|Person who is at least 18 years old and lives in, or is from Emmet or Charlevoix county, and who is continuing his or her education at an accredited college, university, community college, trade/technical/vocational school to pursue a career in the culinary arts. Selection is based on financial need and academic performance as well as the extent to which the student meets his/her full potential. Preference will be given to applicants with work experience in hospitality. Application essay should address the Stafford’s Hospitality Value Statement.||$1,000 for one year; non-renewable.
|Harbor Springs Opportunity Scholarship
The Harbor Springs Opportunity Scholarship was established in 2016 by three Harbor Springs High School alumni from the class of 2009, to support graduates of Harbor Springs High School in their pursuit of furthering their education.
|A high school student graduating in the current year from Harbor Springs High School who is continuing their education at an accredited college, university, community college, trade/technical/vocational school. Selection is primarily based on a 150-300 word response to the essay question, “Why do you want to further your education beyond high school?” as well as to applicants demonstrating financial need. Additional criteria to be considered for applicants with equal financial need: evidence of well-balanced academic achievement and extracurricular involvement that demonstrates the student’s full potential.||$1,000 for one year; non-renewable.|
|Home Builders Association of Northern Michigan Building Industry Career Scholarship
The Home Builders Association of Northern Michigan Building Industry Career Scholarship Fund was established in 2002 to benefit residents of Emmet or Charlevoix counties interested in a career in the building trades industry.
|Residents of Emmet County or Charlevoix County seeking certification or a degree at a college, university, or technical school for a career in the building industry. This scholarship is also open to adults seeking continuing education or a career change. Selection is based on grades, record of work, attendance record, personal commitment and a single page essay answering “Why do you want to be part of the building industry?” Experience in the building trades is a plus.
|$1,000 for one year; non-renewable.|
|James and Carolyn Cloutier Scholarship
The James and Carolyn Cloutier Scholarship Fund was established in 2010 by James and Carolyn Cloutier to help deserving Harbor Springs students continue to reach their goals. They believe in the importance of giving back to their community and investing in the youth of the community. As dedicated and enthusiastic high school sports supporters, they know that much learning takes place through the teamwork of sports.
|Graduating high school student from Harbor Springs High School continuing his or her education at an accredited college, university, community college, trade/technical school or vocational institution. Students must have participated in Harbor Springs High School sanctioned or club sports during high school. Applicant should demonstrate a strong interest and participation in sports throughout his/her high school years (need not be all four years). Financial need and academic strength will also be considered.
|$1,000 for one year; non-renewable.|
|Janet and Richard Gorman Scholarship
The Janet and Richard Gorman Scholarship Fund was established in 1995 by Richard, former Petoskey City Manager, and his wife, Janet, to help students from the Petoskey Public Schools further their education.
|Petoskey High School students who will attend a college, university, junior college or community college in the state of Michigan. Selection based on scholastic ability and financial need. Preference will be given to students seeking a degree in engineering.||$1,000 for one year; non-renewable.|
|Jennifer A. Kullik Memorial Scholarship
Since 1993, the Kullik family and friends have been awarding a college scholarship to a graduating senior from Petoskey High School. In 2007, Northern Imaging Associates, P.C. established the Jennifer A. Kullik Memorial Scholarship Fund within the Community Foundation to create a permanent legacy to Jennifer. Jennifer was a person who exhibited a love of children and was very kind to the elderly, especially her grandparents. She also had a great love of music and played several instruments, including piano, keyboard, flute and clarinet. Her interest in softball started as a Pigtail and progressed through Junior League, Junior Varsity and Varsity. Jennifer’s exceptional relationship with her parents was the basis for her strong values and positive attitude. She was known as someone who was always prompt, dependable and responsible. Jenny was an excellent student, especially in science and math.
|High school student graduating from Petoskey High School or St. Michael Academy who will continue his/her education at an accredited college, university, or community college. Selection is based on scholastic excellence (GPA of 3.0 or better) and personality, including promptness, dependability, responsibility, and positive attitude. Preference will be given to students who demonstrate strengths in math and science and who possess values similar to Jennifer’s. Financial need will be taken into account; preference may be given to families who demonstrate need, but may not quality for official need-based aid. A minimum two-page essay speaking to this selection criteria is required.||$2,000 for one year; non-renewable.|
|Kiwanis of Harbor Springs Scholarship
To preserve the Objects of Kiwanis and the values of the Kiwanis Club of Harbor Springs, its members established this scholarship in November 2016 to promote the continuing education of Harbor Springs High School graduates.
|Graduating high school students from Harbor Springs High School who are continuing his/her education. Selection is based on the student’s success in reaching his/her full potential to the best of his/her abilities. Financial need may be taken into consideration but does not have to be the deciding factor. Preference will be given to students who are members of the Key Club at Harbor Springs High School.||Nine (9) $1,000 awards for one-year; non-renewable.|
|Marana Tost First Tee Scholarship
The mission of The First Tee of Northern Michigan is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. This fund was established in 2011 to encourage participation in The First Tee Program and promote the values instilled by the Program.
|Graduating high school student or post-high school student from an Emmet, Charlevoix or Cheboygan high school or Emmet, Charlevoix or Cheboygan County resident homeschool student who is continuing his or her education at an accredited college, university, community college, trade/technical school or vocational institution. Applicant must have been an active member or coach of The First Tee program during high school or post-high school. Financial need, academic strength, and involvement in various community service opportunities. Level of participation in the First Tee program will also be a selection factor.||At least $1,000 for one year. Renewable based on selection criteria. At the end of each academic year renewable applicants must submit grade transcripts from the previous year and proof of enrollment for the coming year as soon as possible.|
The Marshall-Parker Scholarship Fund was established in 2013 to provide an annual scholarship to graduates of Pellston Public Schools. The fund aims to create a lasting legacy for the William Marshall and Phyllis Marshall (Parker) families and their connection to the Pellston area, and to promote and encourage others to pursue their education and fulfill their potential.
|High school students graduating from Pellston High School and continuing his or her education at a college/university, community college, or accredited trade school. Students from other Emmet County high schools are eligible to apply, but will only be considered if no Pellston High School student applies or is eligible. Preference will be given to students attending Central Michigan University or Michigan Technological University. Selection will be based on academic excellence and financial need. Academic excellence is of paramount importance to the donors.||$1,000 for one year with potential to renew for up to three additional consecutive years.
The Marshall-Smith Scholarship Fund was established in 2008 by Pellston Public School graduates Patricia (Marshall) Smith (1973) and Daniel L. Smith (1970) to aid a selected Pellston Public High School graduating senior pursuing a science, technology, engineering or math degree at an accredited public four-year university or college.
|High school students graduating from Pellston High School and continuing his or her education at an accredited public four-year college or university in the field of science, technology, engineering or math. This scholarship is also open to homeschool students in the Pellston school district. Selection based on academic excellence and financial need.||Two (2) $2,500 awards for one-year; non-renewable.|
|Mary McClutchey Amacher Scholarship
The Mary McClutchey Amacher Scholarship Fund was established in 1995 by Mary’s family and friends to help other graduates of Pellston High School further their education.
|High school graduates from the Pellston Public School district. Selection based on scholastic ability and financial need.||$1,000 for one year; non-renewable.|
|Michael Gale Phillips Memorial Scholarship
The Michael Gale Phillips Memorial Scholarship Fund was created in 2010 by family and friends to honor Michael Phillips, a Harbor Springs businessman.
|Graduating student from Harbor Springs High School who is continuing his or her education at an accredited community college, trade/technical school or vocational institution in Michigan in automotive trades, building trades, nursing or allied health medical field. Financial need is the first priority. Recipient must be pursuing a career in the automotive trades, building trades, nursing or allied health medical field. Student must be attending a community college or other post-secondary program or vocational training program. No selection will be made if the selection committee feels the criteria have not been met.||$3,000 for one year; non-renewable.
|Olofsson Family Scholarship
This scholarship fund, established in 1999, will assist graduating seniors from Emmet County high schools to continue their education at a college, university, community college, technical or vocational school in the United States and encourage them to pursue their course of study in math, science, or business. The fund is meant to help those students with the scholastic ability, but not necessarily the financial ability, to reach their full potential.
|High school seniors graduating from an Emmet County high school with a GPA of at least 3.0 who plans to attend a college, university, technical or vocational school in the United States at least half time. This scholarship is open to home school students. Selection based on scholastic ability and financial need. Preference will be given to students who will be studying math, science, or business curricula.
|$2,000 for one year; non-renewable.|
|Petoskey Area Business and Professional Women’s Scholarship
The Petoskey Area Business and Professional Women’s Scholarship Fund was established in 2001 with the intent to encourage and support further education for local women.
|Female resident of Emmet County and high school graduate (within the last two years, with a minimum 3.0 grade point average) who will be attending North Central Michigan College. Selection is based primarily on financial need.
|$1,000 or more for one year; non-renewable.|
|Sara J. Latimer Redpath Church Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2013 to create a legacy for Sara J. Latimer and remember her involvement in Redpath Memorial Presbyterian Church, Cross Village, Michigan.
|A graduating high school student or adult resident from the northern Emmet County region who is continuing his or her education at a university, college, community college, or trade/technical/vocational school. Preference will be given to applications with financial need; who have a good academic record that reflects they have achieved to the best of their ability; who have work experience in northern Michigan; who have been involved in extracurricular or community activities or volunteering; who can clearly describe their future plans; and who reside in the Cross Village area at least one month per year.||$1,000 for one year; non-renewable.|
|Stafford and Janice Smith Scholarship
Throughout the years, Stafford and Janice Smith have improved the hospitality industry, educated young people, preserved and shared history, developed communities, and so much more. To celebrate 50 years of Stafford’s Hospitality and 50 years of marriage, friends and employees of Stafford’s Hospitality established the Fund in 2011 to honor and preserve Stafford and Janice’s legacy.
|High school student graduating from Petoskey High School who is continuing his or her education at an accredited college, university, community college, trade/technical school or vocational institution to pursue a career in hospitality or education. Based on financial need and academic performance of the student that meets his or her full potential. Preference will be given to applicants with work experience in hospitality or education. Applicant essay should address the Stafford’s Hospitality Value Statement: “We believe in our values. We believe in treating every guest and employee as a member of our family. We believe in developing every member of our team to reach his or her fullest potential. We believe that Good Enough is not Good Enough. You will never hear, ‘It’s not my job’. You will always hear, ‘How may I help you?’”||$1,000 for one year; non-renewable.|
|Thomas Dale Sr. Memorial Scholarship
The Thomas Dale Sr. Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 2005 to benefit students of Alanson Public Schools. Following his military service in World War II, Tom Dale taught for many years at Alanson Public School where he assumed many positions including teacher, basketball coach, band director, principal, and finally superintendent. “There is no factory, or business organization with such valuable raw material as the schools receive at age five. There is no factory, or business organization which will take 13 years to turn out a finished product. There is no factory, or business organization which produces, year after year so valuable a product. There is no factory, or business organization whose product will inherit all we live and work for. We believe that while man exists in the world of the present and in the universe of the future schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.” Tom Dale Sr.
|Graduating seniors who are residents of the Alanson School District who will continue their education at a four-year college/university, community college, technical or vocational college. Selection based on academic excellence and financial need.||$500 for one year; non-renewable.|
Scholarships Offered by Charlevoix County Community Foundation
The following scholarships are offered to students in Emmet County by the Charlevoix County Community Foundation (CCCF). Please contact CCCF for scholarship application information at www.c3f.org or (231) 536-2440. The deadline for these applications is March 1, 2018.
|Scholarship||About the Scholarship||Award Details|
|Boyne City Cooperative Scholarship||This scholarship was created by the stockholders of the former Boyne City Cooperative in memory of the co-op and the service that it provided to its members. The scholarship may be renewable throughout the completion of the undergraduate degree program.||One (1) $650 scholarship|
|Kristen Cleary Memorial Scholarship||Kristen was an extraordinary young woman whose talents included music composition, writing poetry, and exploring different art forms. Her plans to pursue a career in art never came to fruition, due to a fatal tragedy. The Cleary family established an art and music scholarship in her memory.||Two (2) $1,000 scholarships|
|First Sergeant John D. Juracko Scholarship||John Juracko was a retired 1st Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps. At the start of a life-long career, John enlisted in the U.S. Marines during the Depression. He served in China in the years leading up to WWII, then re-enlisted and spent the next 20 years serving in active duty in various locations around the world. This accomplished Marine called East Jordan home, setting up a scholarship fund as his legacy to help young people. Note: Applicants for the First Sergeant John D. Juracko Scholarship are automatically eligible for the Marine Corps League, Northern Michigan Detachment Scholarship (described below). The same set of criteria and the same selection committee are used for both scholarship funds. Applicants need to submit only one (1) application.||One (1) $1,000 scholarship|
|Marine Corps League – Northern Michigan Detachment Scholarship||This scholarship fund was established by the members of the Marine Corps League, Northern Michigan Detachment to provide financial assistance for students to attend college. Note: Applicants for the Marine Corps League, Northern Michigan Detachment Scholarship are automatically eligible for the First Sergeant John D. Juracko Scholarship. The same set of criteria and the same selection committee are used for both scholarship funds. Applicants need to submit only one (1) application.||One (1) $1,000 scholarship|
|Mark R. Yager Memorial Scholarship||Mark R. Yager was a resident of Charlevoix and a Radiologic Specialties Technologist at Northern Michigan Hospital. His life ended tragically at the Charlevoix Venetian Fireworks in 1997. Mark’s family established this scholarship fund in his memory in appreciation for the overwhelming support they received after his death.||One (1) $500 scholarship|