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Al Leibert Family Scholarship Fund

Members of the community once stated, "Al Leibert, a coach, teacher, and former principal, has given this community a profound legacy of personal action, perseverance, compassion and love. He's a role model, mentor, confidante, disciplinarian, arbiter, friend and molder of ideals for thousands of this city's youth and adults. The positive effect he still has on lives, no doubt, will ripple outward and down throughout the generations on a path to rewarding and productive lives."

To honor Al's amazing career and love for sports, the Al Leibert Family Scholarship was established in 2007.

This scholarship will be awarded annually to a graduating senior of Battle Creek Central High School who played football throughout their high school career. The recipient is selected based on demonstration of good character, citizenship, and good academic standing.

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Angood/Arnold Scholarship Fund

The Angood/Arnold Scholarship Fund was established in honor of and memory of their parents, Bernard and Marguerite Angood and K.L. "Ping" and Marian Arnold, whose emotional and financial support enabled both Judith Arnold Angood and Arthur Angood to reach their goals in life. The scholarship fund was established by the Angoods with the knowledge that dreams are nearly impossible to reach without financial support. Lifelong resident of Battle Creek, and former assistant superintendent of Battle Creek Public Schools, Arthur wanted to create a scholarship fund for individuals from Battle Creek Public School high schools to attend the University of Michigan, his and Judith's alma mater. Judith, a native of Flint, whose parents supported her musical talent, wished to honor them for helping her discover her talent. Arthur and Judith decided to give the support that may be impossible for young people to receive at home so that they may reach their goals and possibly return to contribute to the community.

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Battle Creek Central 100th Anniversary Fund
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Battle Creek Central Hall of Fame Scholarship Fund

In 2005, the first class of Battle Creek Central Hall of Fame recipients were honored. The following year the board voted to support future Bearcats through scholarships with funds raised while honoring past Bearcats at the annual recognition banquet. Thus, the Battle Creek Central Hall of Fame Scholarship Fund was established and has been awarding since 2007 to Battle Creek Central High School graduating seniors who are destined to continue Central's legacy as "Pride of the State."

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Battle Creek Central High School Alumni Association Scholarship Fund

The Battle Creek Central High School Alumni Association Scholarship was established to provide scholarships to individuals who reside within the Battle Creek Public School District, or are graduates of Battle Creek Central High School, who seek educational opportunities beyond high school.

Recipients must demonstrate extra-curricular or community involvement, exemplify trustworthiness, respect for others, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. The student must be in need of financial assistance and have attained a 2.5 GPA.

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Battle Creek Central High School Class of 1949 Scholarship Fund

During the Battle Creek Central High School Class of 1949's 50th Class Reunion, class members were asked if they wanted to support scholarships for graduating seniors, they unanimously answered yes and quickly established the Battle Creek Central High School Class of 1949 Scholarship Fund. It has expanded over the years to not only support children and grandchildren of members of the Class of 1949 but now includes graduating seniors or graduates of Battle Creek Central High School.

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Battle Creek Central High School Class of 1951 Scholarship Fund

The members of the class of 1951 have enjoyed a camaraderie and spirit over the years that has been a source of pride. Its most successful members have been people of "good character." With that fact in mind this fund was established by the BCCHS Class of 1951 for the purpose of providing scholarships to graduating seniors of Battle Creek Central High School or the grandchildren of the members of the BCCHS Class of 1951, wherever they may live, who seek educational opportunities beyond high school. It is their intention to reward students who have achieved academically, demonstrated positive citizenship and exemplify the following character traits: trustworthiness, fairness, respect for others, caring, responsibility and citizenship. The Class of 1951 hopes that recipients of this scholarship will continue to live as "people with character."

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Battle Creek Public Schools Education Fund
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Battle Creek Public Schools Memorial Brick Fund
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BCPSEF Bearcat Opportunity Community Project Fund
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BCPSEF Community Project Fund
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Carson Scholar's Support Fund
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Chuck Turner Memorial Scholarship Fund

This fund was established by Battle Creek Central High School and friends of Chuck Turner at the time of his retirement in 2000, in honor of his 29 years of dedicated service to Battle Creek Public Schools. Chuck coached basketball for 32 years and touched the lives of many individuals. His coaching accomplishments are legendary. At a ceremony in January 2000, Battle Creek Central named the court at Central Field House "Chuck Turner Court."

Coach Turner was a vital part of Battle Creek and Battle Creek Central Bearcat basketball history. He developed and led the Bearcats to a 517-190 record over two stints with the Bearcats from 1967-77 and 1979-2000. He also coached at Willow Run in Ypsilanti, MI and finished with 565 wins overall and at the time of his death in 2006 was fourth for most wins in Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) history. Turner coached four Bearcat teams into the Class A Final Four and watched 15 teams win 20 or more games in a season. He was named City Coach of the Year 14 times and Regional Coach of the Year 7 times. Other accolades include: 1989 Detroit News Coach of the Year, 1990 voted into the Coaches Hall of Fame by the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan (BCAM), 1991 BCAM Class A Coach of the Year, 1992 MHSAA Coach of the Year, and 1996 Associated Press Class A Coach of the Year.

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Dr. Richard W., Leota N. & Terry C. Nihart Scholarship Fund

Leota N. Nihart taught at Battle Creek Public Schools LaMora Park Elementary for 14 years and continued volunteering for more than 13 years, well into her 90's. When discussing the considerable amount of time she has spent at LaMora Park Elementary, she stated, "I loved every minute of it." Her heart for the children of this community and her desire to help those who need a little support pursuing their post secondary dreams led her to establish the Leota N. Nihart Scholarship Fund in 2015.

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Florence Leaffy Tucker Class of 1929 Memorial Scholarship Fund

This scholarship is to be awarded annually to a Battle Creek Central senior woman scholar-athlete who has also demonstrated service to her school and community.

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Floyd C. & Gwendolyn M. Oglesby Scholarship Fund

The Floyd C. and Gwendolyn M. Oglesby Scholarship Fund was established to help provide assistance for high school seniors from BCCHS to attend Kellogg Community College. Floyd and Gwen Oglesby always had an interest in helping students to improve their lives through education. Both were active in the schools and community throughout their many years in Battle Creek. Floyd was involved as a teacher and coach at BCCHS, counselor at KCC and as city commissioner and mayor of Battle Creek. Gwen was in a lifetime supporting role with the Oglesby family, with Community Chorus, and as a dental hygienist for many years. Scholarship recipients must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher, exhibit active community service and volunteerism to improve the lives of those living in Battle Creek, while also showing their strong work ethic and passion for civic responsibility.

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George V. Dodd Scholarship Fund

George Dodd enjoyed life and his family. He was active in their lives. He displayed patience, persistence, professionalism, fairness, kindness, and collaboration at home and work. George served in the Navy during World War II as a radar instructor. After the war, he graduated from the School of Mechanical Engineering at Northwestern University. He worked 37 years at Kellogg's as a Project Engineer. He traveled to Kellogg plants in multiple continents. He participated in local and national engineering clubs and found the energy to lead groups ranging from the Boy Scouts to the PTA. His children attended Battle Creek Public Schools, received an excellent education, and participated in extracurricular activities, sports, and Clear Lake Camp activities. They graduated college and received advanced degrees. The Dodd family would like to honor George's memory by helping Battle Creek Public School graduates achieve their career goals.

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Georgia L. Howard Scholarship Fund

This fund was established to honor Georgia L. Howard, by her children, who acknowledge her as the "mother of mothers," in recognition of her kind, loving and helping spirit for all children in hopes that those who receive it will be blessed and be a blessing.

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GJM BCPS Support Fund

For many years, quietly, anonymously, without fanfare yet with heart and purpose, students of Battle Creek Public Schools had their needs met. Whether it was a piece of athletic equipment or a tool to further their educational endeavors, students thrived, succeeded and shined because someone cared. That caring spirit continues through the establishment of the GJM BCPS Support Fund. This fund seeks to meet the needs of Battle Creek Public School students in middle and high schools, illuminating their science, cultural and artistic expressions to uplift an entire community.

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Helen Kirkland Scholarship Fund

Helen Kirkland established this fund through a trust fund aimed at supporting "worthy students enrolled in the nursing courses at the Kellogg Community College and who are in need of financial assistance." Eligible candidates will be graduating seniors of Battle Creek Public Schools who will be attending Kellogg Community College. Applicants must be enrolled in nursing courses and demonstrate financial need.

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Helen M. Cavanaugh Memorial Scholarship Fund

Helen Cavanaugh was a history teacher at Battle Creek Central High School from 1929-1936. She received her PhD from the University of Chicago and continued teaching as a professor of history at Illinois State University from 1946-1973. This fund was established for the purpose of providing scholarships to graduating seniors from Battle Creek Public Schools who seek educational opportunities beyond high school. Eligible candidates will be graduating seniors of Battle Creek Public Schools.

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Jack K. Mawdsley Scholarship Fund
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Jack W. and Donna B. Gray Scholarship Fund
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John T. Berry Memorial Scholarship Fund

The scholarship is for a BCCHS graduating senior with an interest in pursuing studies in economics, political science, or government. Consideration will especially be given to a student who has been able to succeed with a little bit of extra encouragement or extra effort.

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Kraft Foods Scholarship Fund

The Kraft General Foods Scholarship was established to support students interested in skilled trades or manufacturing technology careers. The support from this fund assists in improving career options for minorities and women in the skilled trades by 1) increasing their knowledge and appreciation of manufacturing and skilled trades careers; 2) encouraging the development of skills to improve career options through apprenticeships; 3) developing relationships with local journeymen in the student's area of interest; and 4) producing a group of qualified individuals ready for entry level skilled trades careers.

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Lavern K. and Helen L. Mitchell Scholarship Fund

Helen L. Mitchell established this fund through an estate gift to the School District of the City of Battle Creek for the purpose of providing scholarships to graduating seniors from Battle Creek Public Schools who seek educational opportunities beyond high school. Eligible candidates will be graduating seniors of Battle Creek Public Schools who plan to attend Kellogg Community College. Recipients must have exhibited outstanding citizenship and high academic standing.

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Lena G. Bonham Scholarship Fund

Lena G. Bonham established this fund through an estate gift to the School District of the City of Battle Creek for the purpose of providing scholarships to graduating seniors from Battle Creek Public Schools who seek educational opportunities beyond high school, "who shall be deemed worthy and in need of assistance in that pursuit." Scholarship awards will be distributed to graduating seniors of Battle Creek Public Schools who pursue and education in the field of nursing.

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Leroy McKinney Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund

This scholarship was created in memory of Leroy McKinney Jr., who was a graduate of Battle Creek Central High School, Class of 1988. Upon graduation, he studied Pre-Engineering in college. He also had an entrepreneurial spirit. Though he struggled with mental illness, one of his proudest accomplishments in life, was returning to college as an adult and completing his Bachelor's degree in Business Management. He would be honored to know this scholarship was created in his legacy to support other African American men to pursue their education in these fields.

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Leroy McKinney Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund

This scholarship was created in memory of Leroy McKinney Jr., who was a graduate of Battle Creek Central High School, Class of 1988. Upon graduation, he studied Pre-Engineering in college. He also had an entrepreneurial spirit. Though he struggled with mental illness, one of his proudest accomplishments in life, was returning to college as an adult and completing his Bachelor's degree in Business Management. He would be honored to know this scholarship was created in his legacy to support other African American men to pursue their education in these fields.

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Louis and Margaret Martin Educational Support Endowment Fund

This fund is established to serve as a source of encouragement and support to minority and financially challenged students in the Battle Creek Public School District. The establishment of this fund is motivated by Lou and Margaret Martin's many years of professional, personal and deep seeded human commitment to improving educational outcomes for young people in our community.

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Lynne Margaret & Merri Kay Hulscher Memorial Scholarship Fund
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Marian G. Shirk Scholarship Fund

Marian G. Shirk established this fund through an estate gift to the School District of the City of Battle Creek for the purpose of providing scholarships to graduating seniors from Battle Creek Public Schools who seek educational opportunities beyond high school, "for scholarship purposes for needy students." Eligible candidates will be graduating seniors of Battle Creek Public Schools who seek educational opportunities beyond high school at Kellogg Community College. Candidates must have a 3.0 GPA or better and be in the top 25% of their high school graduating class. Applicant must have resided in Calhoun County, Michigan for at least one year prior to the date of application and demonstrate financial need.

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Maxwell G. Root Scholarship Fund

Maxwell G. Root graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1937. He was a life member of the Benevolent Order of the Elks Lodge Chapter #131 and active with his alma mater, Battle Creek Central High School, serving on its Alumni Committee and the Class of 1937 Reunion Committee. This fund was created for the purpose of issuing scholarships to students of Battle Creek Central High School.

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Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Memorial Scholarship, established in July 1920 from a variety of gifts to the School District of the City of Battle Creek, has evolved from a student loan program to its current scholarship fund. Over the years, those with a heart for Battle Creek Public Schools and its students have made individual and memorial gifts to this fund. Eligible candidates will be graduating seniors of Battle Creek Public Schools who seek educational opportunities beyond high school at Kellogg Community College. Candidates must have a 3.0 GPA or better and be in the top 25% of their high school graduating class. Applicant must have resided in Calhoun County, Michigan for at least one year prior to the date of application and demonstrate financial need.

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Morton Matthew Maulding Scholarship Fund

The Morton Matthew Maulding Scholarship was designed to support future Pre-K through 12th grade teachers in completing their teaching degree or certification. Battle Creek Public Schools hope their alumni will return to the district to teach because they are from this area, know their community, and can help inspire future BCPS Bearcats.

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Outdoor Education Center/Clear Lake Camp Fund
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Richard McKenzie Memorial Scholarship Fund

Richard McKenzie was a gifted science instructor at Southwestern Junior High School who made learning fun. Acknowledged by both peers and students as a master teacher, Rich shared his warm humor and love of life with all that knew him. Rich also had a deep appreciation for nature and enjoyed bird watching, camping, and canoeing. This scholarship is given in loving memorial tribute of Richard McKenzie.

Eligible applicants of the Richard McKenzie Memorial Scholarship will be graduates or graduating seniors of Battle Creek Central High School, who intend to pursue a degree in education. Applicants must have maintained a 2.75 grade point average in their high school courses. Character will be a primary factor in selection. Consideration will also be given for citizenship, academic performance, and the need for financial assistance. The scholarship is for one year of college/technical study.

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Rusty Melges Memorial Fund

The Rusty Melges Memorial Scholarship was established in 1998 to provide scholarships to male graduating seniors from Battle Creek Central High School who are a scholar/athlete seeking educational opportunities beyond high school at a college, university or technical school.

Students should demonstrate potential to succeed in the college curriculum to be pursued. Financial need, character, and volunteer involvement may also be considered.

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S. Emmett Brown Scholarship Fund

The S. Emmett Brown Scholarship Fund was a vision of Reverend Bobby Holley in 2011. This fund was established in honor and recognition of S. Emmett Brown's athletic accomplishments and his giving back to young people in the Battle Creek community. It is S. Emmett Brown's hope that this scholarship will help a young person's dream of a college education come true. Recipients of the S. Emmett Brown Scholarship are African American graduating seniors from a Battle Creek Public School high school. In addition, they are student athletes who have demonstrated service to their community, church and/or family.

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Staff Sargeant Joshua Throckmorton Memorial Scholarship Fund

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Joshua A. Throckmorton made the ultimate sacrifice for his country when he lost his life on July 5, 2011 in Afghanistan. This fund serves as a reminder for us all to live as Josh did - with integrity and respect for others.

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Teresa Sue Davis Memorial Scholarship Fund

Teresa Sue Davis was born and raised in Battle Creek. Her name is not well-known, nor is she lauded for large philanthropic donations to the community. But like so many other city residents, she left an unforgettable mark on her family and the lives of others. Some may consider her contributions small. To those she touched, they were immeasurable. She was a 1984 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School and held many jobs in the community. No job was perhaps more important than as a mother, where she often selflessly pushed her children to achieve their life goals. This scholarship was established as a helping hand to graduates of Battle Creek Public Schools so that they may pursue their dreams of higher education.

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W. James McQuiston Scholarship Fund
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WKKF - SEED Award - Save. Encourage. Educate. Dream. Fund

The WKKF-SEED Award - Save. Encourage. Educate. Dream. Fund was established for the purpose of providing access to higher education through an endowed college savings award program for Kindergarten to 11th grade students of the Battle Creek Public Schools. All BCPS students, from Kindergarteners to 11th graders, will be eligible to apply for the scholarships each year. Awards will be made based on applicants? essays, transcripts, grade-point averages and recommendation forms. Kindergarten through 2nd grade students have the choice to submit an essay or a picture book. 3rd to 11th Grade students will be asked to only complete a general essay, and if their grade point average is below a 3.0, they may still apply but must complete an additional essay explaining their plan for how they will raise their GPA back up again.

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Wolf Family Scholarship Fund

This fund was established for the purpose of providing scholarships to graduating seniors from Battle Creek Public Schools who seek educational opportunities beyond high school at Kellogg Community College. Eligible candidates are Battle Creek Public Schools graduating seniors who attended elementary (Valley View Elementary) and/or middle school (Springfield Middle School) in Springfield, Michigan. Prior recipients can renew award for one year. Recipient must maintain a 2.0 GPA, as verified through a Kellogg Community College transcript, to receive renewable award.

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