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                                     DEADLINE MARCH 1, 2020

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Below is a listing of all scholarships and their descriptions.  Please click Apply Here above to start your scholarship application.

Aaron W. Howard Scholarship   The Aaron W. Howard Scholarship Fund was established by his parents, family, and friends. Private First Class Howard died in February 1991 while serving in the U. S. Army in the Persian Gulf War. Eligible applicants are graduating seniors of Battle Creek area public and private high schools. Equal consideration will be given to academic achievement and financial need. Character and citizenship, industry and effort, test data and grades received to date are also required for the selection criteria.

 

Al Leibert Family Scholarship-Battle Creek Public            This scholarship was established to honor Al Leibert, a coach, teacher and former principal, his career and love of sports. Eligible applicants are graduating seniors of Battle Creek Central High School who are athletes and played sports throughout their entire high school career and who have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. The recipient is selected based on demonstration of good character, citizenship and good academic standing.

 

Al Leibert Scholarship-Lakeview              After teaching in the Battle Creek School District, including serving as a Grade Principal at Battle Creek Central High School, Al Leibert became an Assistant Principal at Lakeview High School in 1971. He then served as Principal of Westlake Elementary from 1980 to 1986. After retirement he helped coach girl’s track and freshmen football for ten years. Scholarship applicants must be graduating seniors of Lakeview High School who will be attending an accredited four-year college or university or a two-year community college, who demonstrates good character and citizenship; GPA of at least 3.0; evidence of participation in extracurricular activities.

 

Aline F. Blanc Memorial Scholarship      The Aline F. Blanc Scholarship was established in 2005 by longtime friend and travel companion, Carolyn Burnett. Carolyn was asked by Aline to be the administrator of her estate and she felt it no greater honor than to establish a scholarship in Alines name so she would be remembered forever. Aline was extremely talented, she spoke French, and loved china painting and antique collecting. Former employers included; Battle Creek Food Company, Consumers Power Company, Community Hospital, the Federal Center and she even worked for John Harvey Kellogg. Aline was a 1931 graduate of the Battle Creek Academy. Eligible applicants shall be graduating seniors of Battle Creek Academy with a minimum 2.5 GPA who will be seeking a degree at a university, college or technical school. Considerations include financial need and ability to succeed. Applicants who will be attending Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan are preferred, but not required. Scholarship applications may be obtained from the Battle Creek Academy counseling office or the Battle Creek Community Foundation website.

 

Allyn & Dorothy Miller Scholarship         This scholarship was established to honor Allyn Miller and his 37 years of dedication to Harper Creek Community Schools, where he served as an outstanding teacher, counselor and administrator. Eligible candidates are graduating seniors of Harper Creek High School who will be attending the University of Michigan, Western Michigan University, or Grand Valley State University in the fields of education, health sciences, or engineering.

 

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Scholarship           The mission of the American Society of University Women is equality for women, education, positive social change, and self-development. This scholarship is designed for women who are graduates of school districts served by the Calhoun Intermediate School District who have completed, or are completing, sophomore status in a baccalaureate program. Eligible candidates must also be pursuing studies in a STEM field (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Scholarship selection will be based mainly on academic performance, but financial need may also be considered. Former recipients may reapply.

American Business Women's Association Unity Chapter Education Scholarship                The American Business Womens Association Unity Chapter Education Scholarship is for high school graduates or non-traditional students residing in Calhoun County who will be attending a community college, university or technical school. Eligible applicants are students enrolling in their second year at community college, or sophomore, junior or senior year at a university and must have a 2.5 GPA or higher. Non-traditional or returning students must have one semester of an established 2.5 GPA or higher.

 

Amy Yeast Tennis Scholarship   Eligible applicants shall be graduating seniors from Battle Creek area public or private schools as well as past recipients of this scholarship, who are active on their school tennis team. Considerations are: good character and sportsmanship on and off the court and potential to succeed academically. Academic proficiency characterized by high ACT scores or grades is not required. Finalists may be asked to interview.

 

Andert Family Scholarship          The late Norman J. Andert, a music educator, and Irene E. Andert, a retired healthcare professional, inspired subsequent generations of the Andert family to pursue careers in music, education, healthcare and public service. In their memory and honor, the Andert Family Scholarship provides assistance to students pursuing careers in the fine and healing arts for the betterment of human kind. Applicants must be graduating seniors at Lakeview High School and accepted by a four-year college or university of his/her choice to study the fine arts (e.g., music, performing arts, arts education, theatre, visual arts, film, etc.) or a healthcare field (e.g., medicine, nursing, psychology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, medical technology, etc.). Students must demonstrate good character, citizenship and leadership.

 

Angood/Arnold Scholarship       With the knowledge that dreams are nearly impossible to reach without financial support, Arthur and Judith Angood set out to create a scholarship fund in the name of their parents. Throughout the years, their parents, Bernard and Marguerite Angood and K.L. and Marian Arnold, provided an example through their service to others in their communities of Battle Creek and Flint, which has had a lasting impact on both Art and Judy. They subscribe to the idea that everyone can and should become involved in their school, community, and workplace. Eligible applicants shall be graduates or graduating seniors of Battle Creek Central High School that have been accepted to or are attending the University of Michigan. Considerations are: community service, extra-curricular activities, and academic achievement.

 

Anita M. Clark Mathematics Scholarship              Eligible applicants shall be graduating seniors from Marshall High School who are pursuing a career in mathematics or a math-related field. Students must have a 3.0 GPA or better; four years of mathematics in high school (should include Algebra II). Other selection criteria will be based on courses taken during the applicant’s high school career, enrichment activities including extra-curricular activities in school or community, employment, community service, honors and/or awards received.

 

Ann J. Kellogg/Lincoln School Graduates Life Enhancement Education Scholarship          Eligible candidates will be BCPS graduates, graduating seniors, or those who previously attended BCPS then earned their G.E.D. and have attended either Ann J. Kellogg School or Lincoln Elementary School.  Scholarships will be provided to students who are seeking to enhance their lives directly either after high school, or later in adulthood, whether or not they have a traditional high school diploma. The purpose of this fund is to provide support to students seeking an education at a college, university, or technical school, or in an apprenticeship program (electrician, plumber, beautician, etc.) or certificate program. Selection criteria will NOT be based on GPA, but will be based highly on both financial need and volunteer involvement. A short essay about your elementary school is needed as an additional document along with the general application. Former recipients may reapply.

 

Ann Platusic Memorial Scholarship         Believing in the power of higher education, this scholarship was established in 2007 in memory of Ann. Ann Platusic was born in Alberta, Canada and was naturalized as an American in 1949. Ann worked for Michigan Carton Company for 10 years and the Kellogg Company for 31 years until her retirement in 1970. In retirement she enjoyed working as a beautician in a salon above the former Speaker Pharmacy. Eligible applicants shall be graduating high school seniors of the greater Battle Creek area who have been accepted to a four-year college or university with the intent of studying toward an occupational-oriented bachelor’s degree. Note: An occupational-oriented degree is & those that prepare students for employment in a specific occupational area. Examples include: police/law enforcement, veterinarian, teacher, accountant, engineer, architect, nurse, speech pathologist, doctor, occupational therapist and other medical-related occupations.

 

Anne & Dave Hunt Scholarship The Anne & Dave Hunt Scholarship was established to encourage individuals to pursue nursing careers in the greater Battle Creek area. Eligible candidates are Calhoun County high school graduating seniors, graduates, or GED recipients; or individuals who graduated from a high school outside of Calhoun County and have established residency in Calhoun County for at least one year. To be eligible, candidates must also be accepted into or currently enrolled in a nursing degree or certification program at Kellogg Community College; or an individual who has obtained a nursing degree or certification from Kellogg Community College and is enrolled in successive or further nursing education program at a Michigan college or university. Preference may be given to: Applicants pursuing the Certified Nursing Assistant program, applicants with financial need, or applicants with demonstrated commitment to the Calhoun County community. This scholarship may be renewed through reapplication.

 

Anne E. Schwarz Scholarship      As a civic leader and ambassador for Battle Creek, Anne Schwarz is remembered fondly by many people in the Battle Creek community. As a tribute to her active community involvement, her husband, Senator Joe Schwarz, MD, family, and friends established the Anne E. Schwarz Scholarship Fund at the time of her death in February 1990. Eligible applicants Battle Creek area public or private high school graduating seniors or Kellogg Community College transfer students who plan to major in a health science discipline (e.g.: medicine, dentistry, nursing, etc.) at a four year institution. Considerations shall be: academic achievement and some financial need.

 

Art & Izora Ward Scholarship     Arthur Mason Ward, Sr. and Izora Vereachia Ward met at Tennessee State University where they both received their Bachelors degrees. They moved to Battle Creek in 1955 where they became committed servants to their church, Mr. Zion African Episcopal Methodist Church, and to God. They served faithfully until their passing in 2000 and 1993, respectively. Their mission was to effectively serve in various civic and religious organizations to foster a higher quality of life for their community. This scholarship was established in remembrance of them. Eligible applicants shall be African American graduates or graduating high school seniors from public or private schools in the greater Battle Creek area and have a minimum 2.0 GPA. Considerations are: exhibit strong character and leadership skills and active in service to their church, community and school. Preference shall be given to students who are members of Mt. Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church.

 

As Scene By...Richard and Shirley DeRuiter Scholarship Fund for Future Visionaries Scholarship               This fund was established by the children of Richard and Shirley DeRuiter in recognition of the impact they have had on our community. With a firm belief in the strength and attributes of our community, Rich & Shirley invited the readers of Scene Magazine to travel with them on a journey to learn about the positive side of living and working right here in Battle Creek. They continue to be strong supporters and believers in helping their neighbors and because of that, want to support the youth of our community as they choose to continue their education right here in our community. Eligible candidates are graduates or graduating seniors from any public or private school within the greater Battle Creek area and Marshall area who seek educational opportunities beyond high school related to the publishing field which could include but not be limited to such careers as: communications, graphic design, art, marketing, English, journalism, history, etc. Applicants must attend a post-secondary institution within greater Battle Creek or Marshall and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Considerations are: demonstrate involvement in programs consistent with the nature of the scholarship.

 

ASMO Manufacturing Scholarship           The ASMO Manufacturing, Inc. scholarship was established to provide scholarships to graduates or graduating seniors from the Battle Creek area seeking educational opportunities beyond high school. Eligible applicants are ASMO Associates children who are high school graduates or G.E.D. recipients that have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA and who have been accepted in the fall, or students who are already pursuing a full-time course of study at an accredited two (2) or four (4) year college, university, or vocational-technical school. Considerations are: academic achievement, career plans, and involvement in school and community activities.

 

Barbara, Henrietta & Jack Curtis Memorial Scholarship  Barbara, Henrietta, and Jack Curtis were long-time residents of the Battle Creek community and supporters of the Lakeview Schools. This scholarship was established in memory of them by their family. Eligible applicants must be a resident of the Lakeview School District in Battle Creek, graduating from Lakeview High School or an area district administering the special education program that the student is attending. Student must be a graduating high school senior who is physically or orthopedically challenged (e.g.: flat feet, autism, asthma, learning disabilities, etc.) and plans to attend a two or four-year college or university or accredited institution for post high school studies. Considerations are: potential for success in higher education, demonstration of being achievement-oriented and wants to achieve independence and an ability to live above the handicap.

 

Battle Creek Area AMBUCS Therapist Scholarship            The Battle Creek area AMBUCS Therapist Scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to students for professional training in the field of direct therapy services to functionally handicapped and disabled citizens. Eligible applicants must be a citizen of the United States and a resident of Calhoun County or employed in a hospital or medical facility within Calhoun County. They must also be accepted/enrolled in an accredited program by the appropriate health therapy profession authority in physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology, and hearing audiology. Eligible applicants will be in their junior or senior year of a bachelor's degree program, master or doctoral degree candidates, or;the Physical Therapy Assistant Program at Kellogg Community College. Considerations are: financial need, commitment to local community, academic accomplishment, character-compassion and integrity and career objectives.

 

Battle Creek Area Emergency Medical Services Scholarship        The Battle Creek Emergency Medical Services Scholarship has been established for the purpose of providing scholarships to Battle Creek area students who are or will be pursuing a career within emergency medical services and plan to work or volunteer in the Emergency Medical Services field within the greater Battle Creek area. Please contact LifeCare Ambulance Service for an application 269-565-4110.

 

Battle Creek Central Hall of Fame Scholarship   In 2005, the first class of Battle Creek Central Hall of Fame recipients were honored, and the scholarship continues to honor high school graduating seniors who ae destined to continue Central's legacy as Pride of the State. Eligible applicants are Battle Creek Central High School graduating seniors with a minimum 2.5 GPA. Considerations are: Applicants should be involved in some form of community service and/or any extracurricular activities. Financial need will be considered but will not be the primary decision factor.

 

Battle Creek Central High School Alumni Association Scholarship                This scholarship was established to provide scholarships to individuals who reside within the Battle Creek Public School District or graduates of Battle Creek Central High School who seek educational opportunities beyond high school. Considerations are: demonstration of extra-curricular or community involvement, exemplify trustworthiness, respect for others, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship. The students must be in need of financial assistance.

 

Battle Creek Central High School Class of 1949 Scholarship          The Battle Creek Central High School Class of 1949 Scholarship was established to provide scholarships to students who seek educational opportunities beyond high school. Eligible applicants are either: 1) The children or grandchildren of the BCCHS Class of 1949, or 2) Graduates or graduating seniors the Battle Creek Central High School. All eligible applicants will have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in high school or college, whichever is most recent. The Class of 1949 has a particular interest in supporting graduates of BCCHS who are returning to college or are currently in their junior or senior year of college. Considerations are: academic performance, extra-curricular activities, work experience, and the general essay. Financial need may be considered. Previous recipients may reapply.

 

Battle Creek Central High School Class of 1951 Scholarship          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. Eligible applicants are graduating seniors of Battle Creek Public Schools High School or the grandchildren of the members of the Battle Creek Central High School Class of 1951, wherever they may live. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or greater upon graduation. Scholarship award preference will be given to grandchildren of the BCCHS Class of 1951 as long as eligibility criteria are met. Otherwise, the scholarship will be awarded to graduating senior(s) of BCCHS who meet the eligibility criteria. Considerations are: students who have achieved academically, demonstrated positive citizenship and exemplify the following character traits: trustworthiness, fairness, and respect for others, caring, responsibility and citizenship.

 

Battle Creek Japan Club Scholarship       In 2012, the Battle Creek Japan Club's newly-elected board officers, comprised of 19 Japanese firms, established this fund to provide opportunity and support to Battle Creek area graduating seniors. Eligible candidates are greater Battle Creek area graduating seniors who have a GPA of 2.5 or greater. Financial need may be considered. This scholarship is non-renewable.

 

Battle Creek Kennel Club Scholarship    The Battle Creek Kennel Club Scholarship is awarded to a student currently attending the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University. Applicants must be a resident of the Kennel Club service area. Upon graduation, the recipient must plan to enter a small animal practice. Contact Edite Walter at 269-979-3746 for more information and to receive a secondary application directly from the B.C. Kennel Club. Send application to Edite B. Walter, MD, Corresponding Secretary, Battle Creek Kennel Club, 9032 B Drive South, Ceresco, MI 49033-9762.

 

Battle Creek Lodge #12 Free & Accepted Masons Scholarship    The Battle Creek Lodge #12 Free & Accepted Masons was established in 1847 and belongs to the oldest and largest fraternal organization in the world. Masonry teaches that each person, through self-improvement and helping others; has an obligation to make a difference for good in the world. Eligible applicants for this scholarship are: graduating seniors from Lakeview, Battle Creek Central, Pennfield, Harper Creek, Battle Creek Academy, St. Philip Catholic Central, and Calhoun Christian who are seeking educational opportunities in undergraduate studies at an accredited college or university and will be attending classes full time. Considerations are: good attendance record, a high school GPA of 2.5 or higher, financial need, as well as having demonstrated high honor, integrity, and morality through past actions in the community.

 

Berenice Bryant Lowe Fellowship            The Berenice Bryant Lowe Scholarship Fund was established by the Historical Society of Battle Creek and the Lowe family to honor and perpetuate the legacy of the pioneer local historian who tirelessly researched and passionately promoted Battle Creeks heritage for more than twenty years. Berenice Bryant Lowe was a graduate of the University of Michigan and a drama and speech teacher at Battle Creek Central High School. In 2018, to recognize Berenices passion for education and her secret sponsorship of students attending KCC, a scholarship was added to support students attending Kellogg Community College in the professional (skilled) trades and nursing. Selection criteria includes a combination of work experience, extracurricular activities, and community involvement, along with essay responses and GPA. Former recipients may reapply.

 

Betty M. Root Scholarship           Betty M. (Kiblinger) Root graduated from Delton High School in 1940. She was a member and Past Matron and Life Member of the Prudence Nobles Chapter #366 of the Eastern Star. Eligible applicants for this scholarship are graduating seniors from Delton Kellogg High School who wish to further their education. Considerations are: demonstration of economic need, very strong work ethic and desire for individual success. This scholarship is renewable for up to four years on the condition the recipient maintain a college GPA of 3.0 or above.

 

Bill Evans Memorial  Athletic Scholarship            The Bill Evans Memorial Athletic Scholarship was established as a memorial tribute to the life of Bill Evans. Bills career in education spanned 27 years. During his teaching career at Battle Creek Central High School, he was also Chairman of the Business Department. He also held positions as the Wrestling Coach, coaching three individual State Champions, and served as Athletic Director. He is also known for his work with the City of Battle Creek as a Sports Promotion Director. He was instrumental in bringing many sporting events to Battle Creek. Bill was unique in his relationships with people and truly valued his friends, as they were an important part of his life. Eligible applicants are graduating seniors from Battle Creek Central High School that have participated in athletics, with preference given to those involved in the wrestling program.

 

Breanne Blodgett Memorial Scholarship              Through the combined efforts of the Climax Rotary Club and some other local individuals, the memory of a little girl with a gentle smile and kind heart, Breanne Blodgett, will live on each year through this fund beginning in the year 2010, the year Breanne would have graduated. Breanne, who was energetic, loving and full of life, will be remembered as a little hero that touched eight people's lives with the donation of her organs after her untimely death. Eligible applicants of this scholarship are graduating seniors from Climax-Scotts Community Schools. Students should demonstrate potential to succeed in the college curriculum to be pursued. Considerations are: financial need, character, and volunteer involvement.

 

Brenda L. Hunt and Robert & Eleanor DeVries Scholarship           Aviation and its related careers are the largest job-related cluster in the greater Battle Creek community. Eligible applicants are graduating seniors of Calhoun County area high schools who will be pursuing a degree in aviation, science-related and engineering studies. An emphasis will be placed on selecting applicants attending Western Michigan University's College of Aviation.

 

Brittany Despins Memorial Scholarship   The Brittany Despins Memorial Scholarship Fund was created to honor the memory of Brittany Despins, a Marshall native who was dedicated to helping others through her work as a paramedic. Brittanys life was tragically cut short at the age of 22 due to a traffic accident in the fall of 2012. Calhoun County residents who are enrolled or accepted into the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) basic and paramedic certificate programs at Kellogg Community College are able to apply for this scholarship. Through the creation of this scholarship fund, Brittanys family hopes her brave and selfless spirit will continue through the work of others.

 

Bronson Battle Creek Medical Staff Scholarship                This scholarship was established for the purpose of providing scholarships to Battle Creek area students who seek educational opportunities beyond high school, specifically in a patient-oriented program such as nursing, medical technician, dental hygienist, etc. Eligible applicants are residents of the greater Battle Creek area (including Athens, Bellevue, Marshall, or Dowling) attending a Calhoun County institution and enrolled in a patient-orientated program. Immediate family members of BCHS employees are encouraged to apply.

 

C. Glen Walter Scholarship         C. Glen Walter served Harper Creek Community Schools for over 33 years. He began as a teacher at Harper Creek Junior High in 1962 and became Junior High School principal in 1966. He then served as Curriculum Director for seven years and as Assistant Superintendent for Instruction for five years. Glen served his later years as Superintendent, retiring in 1995. During his tenure as Superintendent, he performed in an exemplary manner, bringing both political and financial stability to a once-troubled district. In honor of his many contributions to the students, school and community, friends and supporters have formed this scholarship. Eligible applicants are graduating seniors or graduates of Harper Creek High School who have a minimum GPA of 2.5. This scholarship is for those students who have a demonstrated passion and preparation for their chosen career path. Former recipients may reapply.

 

CACC Automotive Service Technology Scholarship          This scholarship has been established to increase the number of qualified auto service technicians by furthering the education of Calhoun Area Career Center's (CACC) service area. Eligible applicants are CACC Automotive Service Technology (AST)program graduating seniors who have been accepted or enrolled in an automotive training program and possess a 3.0 GPA at the CACC and 2.0 GPA or higher at their high school. Considerations shall be: academic performance, financial need and citizenship.

 

CACC Bettie & Jim Cox Manufacturing Technology Scholarship    This scholarship is for the increasing number of individuals entering the field of Manufacturing Technology in the Calhoun Area Career Centers service area, including but not limited to: welding, computer assisted design, machine shop, and drafting. Eligible applicants must be Calhoun Area Career Center graduating seniors of the CACC Manufacturing Technology Programs (e.g.: Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Machining, Welding Technology) who are pursuing a career in Manufacturing Technology. Applicants must have a 3.0 at the CACC and 2.0 GPA or higher at their home school and have been accepted and enrolled in a manufacturing training program at an accredited educational institution. Considerations are: academic performance, financial need and citizenship.

 

CACC Clara Miner-Fuller Scholarship      This fund was established by Clara Miner-Fuller as a memorial tribute to her deceased husbands, Charles Miner and George Fuller. Clara passed away on December 1, 1990. This scholarship is awarded to CACC graduates pursuing studies in a technical field with preference given to Agriscience and Natural Resources (e.g.: Food Science and Technology Program) or related programs. Applicants must provide documentation of academic performance, financial need and citizenship."

 

CACC Connie Dillard Scholarship              The CACC Connie Dillard Scholarship was established for the purpose of providing scholarships to Battle Creek area students who seek educational opportunities beyond high school. Eligible recipients are graduating students from the Calhoun Area Career Center. Students must be enrolled in a non-traditional occupation (any occupation in which women or men comprise 25 percent or less of total employment) and enrolled at a post-secondary training school such as Ferris State University, the Regional Manufacturing Technology Center, etc.

 

CACC Roger & Kim Pitzer Scholarship     The Roger & Kim Pitzer CACC Scholarship was established in honor of Kim Pitzer, who attended the CACC back in 1977. Roger & Kim obtained their education through hard work and a commitment to their goals. Eligible applicants are Calhoun Area Career Center students in business-related programs (e.g.: Computer Networking, Culinary Arts/Hospitality) who will be pursuing educational opportunities beyond high school. Recipients must exhibit good character and a propensity toward public service through volunteerism, service to others, or service to the community. Acceptance at a qualified institution will serve as an academic qualification.

 

Calder-Gilbert Math & Science Scholarship        "This fund has been established for the purpose of providing scholarships to Pennfield area students who seek educational opportunities beyond high school. Eligibility is limited to: 1) Members of the senior class of Pennfield High School who are expected to graduate in the year for which the scholarship awards are made; or 2) individuals who have previously graduated from Pennfield High School. Recipients must be recommended by the Pennfield Memorial & Scholarship Committee, who best know the students. Recipients must have demonstrated a passion for mathematics and/or the sciences, which may include special projects, participating in math/science clubs, or competition, i.e. the Michigan Mathematics Prize Competition and/or attended the Battle Creek Math & Science Center. The major area of study in college must require at least one year of mathematics at the calculus level or higher. Recipients must be of strong moral character. If an award is given, at least one recipient must be female.

 

Calhoun County Chapter of the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel Scholarship    The Calhoun County Chapter of the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel (MARSP) was established in 1923, with four objectives: 1) to promote greater interest in legislation affecting retired school employees; 2) to furnish a practical basis for united action among those devoted to the cause of public education; 3) to support in every way possible the MARSP and the American Association of Retired Persons, NRTA Division; and 4) to promote voluntary participation by its members in civic and educational affairs. This scholarship was established for the purpose of providing scholarships to relatives of the current membership of the Calhoun County Chapter of the MARSP who seek educational opportunities beyond high school. Other educational related opportunities may also be supported by this scholarship. Please contact Norm Kersten at 269-965-5372 for an application or more information.

 

Calhoun County Medical Society Alliance Nursing Scholarship  In 1978, Dr. George W. & Mrs. Veronica Slagle established the Calhoun County Medical Society Alliance Nursing Scholarship Fund to assist area nurses in continuing and achieving their educational dreams. Eligible applicants are residents of or employed in Calhoun County and enrolled in a nursing baccalaureate program at an accredited Michigan college or university, or the Nursing Program at Kellogg Community College. Considerations are: financial need, scholastic performance, and motivation.

 

Carl C. Gawart Memorial Scholarship     This scholarship is intended for Harper Creek High School graduating seniors. Eligible candidates must be planning to attend Central Michigan University, Kalamazoo College, Michigan State University, Western Michigan University, or Kellogg Community College. Applicants must exhibit good character, citizenship, and provide evidence of financial need.

 

Carlos M. Gutierrez Scholarship This scholarship recognizes Carlos M. Gutierrez, former president of the Kellogg Company, for his 30-year career with the Kellogg Company. Eligible candidates are Battle Creek area high school graduating seniors or graduates. It emphasizes supporting students ability to access college or technical training. Selection criteria: High priority to those who represent 1st generation college students; applicants who present the lowest household income level and are scheduled to receive the least amount of assistance from other sources to support their education; and provide evidence of academic potential to succeed in selected program area at their institution.

 

Carolyn L. Burnett Scholarship   Carolyn Burnett established this fund for one simple truth, I would not have gone to college had it not been for the scholarship I received. Carolyn wanted to help others as she had been helped. Knowing when others support your educational dreams in some way, you should do your best to succeed, and persevere no matter the obstacles. Carolyn attended Western State Teachers College (now Western Michigan University) where she received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and taught 2nd grade at Springfield Elementary for over 30 years. She stated, There is more to teaching than the 3 Rs, there are 3 more Rs that are important too; Rights, Respect and Responsibility. Eligible applicants shall be graduating seniors from Battle Creek Central High School or Athens High School who will be seeking education at a college, university, or technical school. Students should demonstrate potential to succeed in college curriculum to be pursued. Financial need, character, and volunteer involvement may also be considered. Battle Creek Central students can apply for this scholarship using the BCCF Scholarship Application. Athens students should apply through their high school and/or the Athens Community Foundation.

 

Carolyn Nordstrom Scholarship Carolyn Nordstrom moved to Battle Creek at the age of one and was very active in this community her entire life. She graduated from Battle Creek Central, then went to Michigan State where she majored in communications. She then came back to Battle Creek and worked for many area businesses before opening her own advertising agency, Hilltop Advertising. This scholarship is intended for graduating seniors from Battle Creek public and private high schools who will be pursuing a degree at Michigan State University, and preference will be given to those majoring in marketing and communications. Candidates should demonstrate potential to succeed in the college curriculum to be pursued. Some financial need may be considered, however it is not a major priority.

 

Ceresco Community Club Scholarship    The scholarship was established through the fundraising efforts of the Ceresco Community Club. Harper Creek High School graduating seniors. Academic performance, financial need, commitment to education, demonstration of responsibility to community. Preference will be given to Harper Creek High School graduating seniors in the following order: 1) resident or descendant of a resident of the former Village of Ceresco; 2) a resident of Ceresco; and 3) any Harper Creek High School graduating senior. If you are a descendant of a resident of the former Village of Ceresco, please provide the full name of the person or persons to whom you are a descendant.

 

Charles C. Brackett & Jessie Atkins Brackett Memorial Scholarship          This scholarship was funded through Mrs. Brackett's will in 1942.It provides scholarships to graduating seniors of any Battle Creek area public high school going into the fields of engineering, medicine, or law. Candidates are selected based on their academic performance, character and financial need.

 

Christa Ferree Scholarship          The Christa Ferree Scholarship Fund was established in 1992 by the family and friends of Christa Ferree, who was a student at Harper Creek High School until her untimely death in 1991. She played baseball, was a cheerleader, served as Vice President of her class, and enjoyed long bike rides. Most special to Christa were stray animals that easily found their way to her home. Eligible applicants are female graduating seniors of Harper Creek High School. Awarding criteria: GPA of 2.5 or above, financial need (determined by federal guidelines), strong desire to continue education beyond high school, creativity, ambition and initiative.

 

Christopher Cowan Higgins Memorial Scholarship          The family of Christopher Cowan Higgins, M.D. has established this memorial fund to honor his memory and his passion for the practice of Medicine in the greater Battle Creek community. Upon completion of his residency in radiology in June 1967, he joined a group of radiologists in Battle Creek where he worked until his retirement, December 31, 1997. From 1963 until 1969, he served as Flight surgeon with the Michigan Air National Guard. Award recipients will be those who have been admitted to, or are currently attending a medical school in the State of Michigan. It is the desire of the family that medical students who receive the Christopher Cowan Higgins Memorial Scholarship remain in the State of Michigan once they have completed their training. Eligible candidates include greater Battle Creek area residents who plan to attend medical or are currently enrolled at a medical school in the State of Michigan.

 

Chuck Turner Memorial Scholarship       This scholarship has been established to honor Chuck Turners 29 years of dedicated service to the Battle Creek Public Schools. His 32 years of coaching accomplishments are legendary. Eligible candidates are graduating seniors of Battle Creek Central High School who were members of the Bearcat basketball team during some point of their high school attendance with a 3.0 GPA or higher. Financial need may be considered.

 

Clarence & Ruth Cole Memorial Scholarship      Clarence and Ruth Cole maintained a life-long interest in the education of young people in the community and helping them develop to their full potential. They realized that by giving to others, it would come back in abundance. Eligible applicants are African American Battle Creek Central High School graduates with a minimum GPA of 3.0 who are in their junior or senior year of an undergraduate degree and are pursuing a degree in a career helping others, such as: nursing, teaching, law enforcement, social work, etc. Recipients must exhibit financial need, will be committed to furthering their education, and will demonstrate service to others through volunteerism. Former recipients may reapply.

 

Clifton J. Woods Memorial Scholarship Mr. Woods was a life member of the NAACP, the Urban League and the Battle Creek Civic League. He was also a 60 year member of Strothers Masonic Lodge No. 3 Free and Accepted Masons. This scholarship was established for the purpose of providing a scholarship to an outstanding African American senior from Battle Creek Central High School who has chosen to pursue higher education and has a 3.0 GPA or higher.

 

Crider/Bommersbach Scholarship           This scholarship was established to assist in supporting students seeking post-secondary education after overcoming significant obstacles. Eligible applicants shall be graduating seniors from a Calhoun County alternative high school or a non-traditional adult student. Considerations shall be: clear post-secondary educational goals with a demonstrated commitment to achieving those goals, financial need and the adversity that the student has overcome.

 

Dan Petersen Memorial Scholarship      Awarded annually in memory of Dan Petersen, a 1975 graduate of Lakeview High School, the memorial fund was created from contributions by Dans friends and several organizations to which he belonged. If he could, Dan would remind us that high school and life, like athletics, can and should be a great experience, but should be enjoyed while not neglecting the other skills and traits that remain with us for life. This scholarship is intended for Lakeview High School graduating seniors that have participated in one or more varsity athletic sports, have above average academic grades, and high citizenship qualities.  Financial need may be considered in tie breaking situations.

 

Dandamudi Family Scholarship This scholarship was established with the purpose of providing higher education financial assistance to graduating seniors who have attended the Battle Creek Math and Science Center during their entire high school career. Strong applicants will demonstrate a strong commitment to the BCAMSC's four core values: Integrity, Excellence, Innovation and Respect. Therefore, students who have been named Student of the Month shall be given special consideration. BCAMSC research projects and financial need will also be taken into consideration.

 

Dandamudi Family - Asthma Allergy Centers  Dr. Dandamudi started his practice with just one employee, and grew it to a staff of over 50 in multiple locations.   Asthma Allergy Centers recognizes the work their employees do to ensure superior service, and would like to thank them by making scholarships available to employees and their dependent children. 

 

The Dandamudi Family - Asthma Allergy Centers Scholarship Fund was established for the purpose of providing scholarships to Asthma Allergy Center (AAC) employees and their dependents who seek educational opportunities beyond high school.

 

Dave Smith Memorial Scholarship      Several community members worked with the Smith family to establish this fund in memory of a respected friend, educator, coach, husband, and father who passed away suddenly in 2008. Dave Smith was well known in the Harper Creek Community for his constant involvement, and was admired for his family-oriented lifestyle. This scholarship is intended for graduating seniors of Harper Creek High School who have participated in athletics. Competitive applicants must have a GPA of 3.25 or higher, be well-rounded (multiple types of community involvement activities) individuals, and have shown leadership in their church, school, community, athletic, etc. activities.

 

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Scholarship       This scholarship is intended for African-American female graduating seniors from any of the Battle Creek area public and private schools. Qualified applicants must have a 3.0 GPA or better, financial need, and a letter of reference substantiating community service, including church work (i.e. outreach programs). Scholarship applications may be obtained through the counseling offices of the Battle Creek area public and private schools and the Battle Creek Community Foundation.

 

DENSO Manufacturing Scholarship          Employee children under the age of 21 from the Battle Creek facility of DENSO Manufacturing Michigan, Inc. pursuing post-secondary training are eligible for this scholarship. Extra-curricular activities, work experience, personal recommendations, and an essay are among the selection criteria.

 

Desiree Fields Memorial Scholarship     The Desiree Fields Memorial Scholarship was set up by a local doctor to aid graduating seniors studying in the fields of math and science. Eligible applicants are Battle Creek Central High School graduating seniors who attended the Battle Creek Area Math and Science Center all four years of high school. Special consideration will be given to those students who were names Student of the Month at the BCAMSC, demonstrating a strong commitment to BCAMSCs four core values of excellence: Integrity, Excellence, Innovation, and Respect. Applicants who also completed a research project while at the BCAMSC are encouraged to include their abstract and will be given special consideration.  Financial need will also be considered.

 

Detective LaVern S. Brann Scholarship  The Detective LaVern S. Brann Scholarship was established in loving memory of Detective Brann by his family. This scholarship is available for graduates or graduating seniors from the Battle Creek area enrolled in the Kellogg Community College Police Academy and are considered a minority by race or representation in the Police Officer profession. Eligible students should demonstrate potential to succeed in the Police Academy Program. Financial need, character, volunteer involvement, leadership and commitment to community will also be considered. For the purpose of this scholarship, minority will be defined as African American, Hispanic, Female or other populations which are under-represented in the Police Officer profession.

 

Verne & Bonnie DeYoung Family Athletic Scholarship  Established to honor their commitment of time, talent, and treasure to the Harper Creek community over the years.  Verne was known as someone who believes in civic participation and a positive outlook.  He inspired both his family and the Harper Creek community to work hard, enjoy every moment, and to never ever give up.  Bonnie shares a deep love for the Harper Creek community, and believes in the endless potential of its students.  Verne and Bonnie made a perfect pair, sharing a commitment to family and community.  It is with pride that Harper Creek awards the Verne & Bonnie DeYoung Family Athletic Scholarship to student athletes who, like the DeYoung family, are also active leaders in their community. Eligible applicants are Harper Creek High School graduating seniors who seek postsecondary education beyond high school who participated in at least one sport during their high school career, and are involved in extracurricular or community service activities.  First consideration shall be given to those who, like Verne DeYoung, exemplify a strong combination of the following traits: community involvement, sportsmanship, leadership, compassion as indicated in application essay and responses.  Responses to two short essay questions: - Briefly describe an example of something you have done to make a difference in someone’s life. - In 100 words or less, share what lifelong skills participating in Harper Creek athletics has taught you.

 

Donald R. & Barbara H. Wilson Scholarship         This scholarship was established to assist members of St. Mark Lutheran Church in Battle Creek in obtaining a post-secondary degree. Preference may be given to individuals pursuing degrees at Valparaiso University, where Bobbie received an honorary degree and her son Dave graduated, Northwestern University, where Don and son Rick received degrees, and Western Michigan University, where Bobbie graduated and also did post graduate work later in life. Financial need, cumulative GPA, work experience, and volunteer experience will also be considered. Prior recipients may reapply.

 

Doris Klaussen Scholarship         Doris Klaussen was a special education pioneer, founder of Goodwill Industries, and Principal of Ann J. Kellogg School for 25 years. Under Klaussens leadership, Ann J. was the first elementary school in the United States to mainstream special education students. She passed away on January 30, 1998, at the age of 100. This scholarship is intended for Battle Creek area high school graduating seniors or graduates planning to pursue a degree in special education. Academic performance, financial need, character and citizenship, industry and effort are all part of the selection criteria for this scholarship.

 

Dr. Mathikere & Lily Rajachar Memorial Scholarship      The Rajachar family value math and science education, and established this fund to give a scholarship to at least one female and one male student in the area of S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, and math) each year. Eligibility criteria: Battle Creek area graduating seniors or graduates pursuing a degree in math, science, technology or engineering, and who will be attending an accredited educational institution within the state of Michigan. Evidence of potential for academic success, involvement in the community, positive character traits, and some indication of financial need are all to be considered during the selection process.

 

Dr. Paul & Evelyn A. Ponitz Scholarship The scholarship was established by the Ponitz family to help graduates or graduating seniors from the Battle Creek area attain their educational aspirations. Eligible applicants must be pursuing a degree at a well-recognized university or community college. They must also be goal oriented, dedicated, energized, and fully committed to obtaining that degree. Financial need will also be considered. This scholarship may be renewed for up to four years of study.

 

Dr. Richard W., Leota N., & Terry C. Nihart Scholarship  Leota N. Nihart taught at BCPS LaMora Park Elementary for 14 years and continued volunteering for more than 13 years, well into her 90's, saying, 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 postsecondary dreams led her to establish this scholarship fund. In 2018, recognizing the many contributions of the Nihart family, Mrs. Nihart changed the name of the fund to the Dr. Richard W., Leota N. and Terry C. Nihart Scholarship Fund. Honoring her husband, Richard, who was employed at the Kellogg Company and a long-time local chiropractor and her son Terry, an artist and past manager of art galleries throughout southwestern Michigan. Eligible candidates are BCCHS graduating seniors who have a 3.0 GPA or higher; financial need may be considered. Former recipients may also reapply. Applicants who attended LaMora Park Elementary should note it in their essay.

 

Dr. Roman Zaplitny Memorial Scholarship           As a noted physician in the Battle Creek community, the Dr. Roman Zaplitny Memorial Scholarship was established in 1994 in honor of his commitment to the welfare of his patients and strong advocacy for education in the Battle Creek community. Eligible applicants are graduates or graduating seniors of the Battle Creek Area Math & Science Center who will pursue a career in medicine (if no BCAMSC graduates qualify, then a recipient from St. Philip may be chosen). The selection criteria will include academic achievement, commitment, and motivation to have a career in medicine. This scholarship is non-renewable.

 

Edite Balks Walter, M.D. Scholarship     This scholarship was created for Battle Creek area women who seek educational opportunities beyond high school in the area of science in undergraduate or graduate studies, including: biology, chemistry, physics or human or animal medicine. Eligible candidates will have a high school GPA of 2.5 or higher. Preference is given for attending a Michigan university or college. Financial need is considered but is not the final deciding factor.

 

Edward & Toni Fugate Heath Care Scholarship  "This scholarship was established in recognition of Toni Fugates over 40-year career in nursing, an educational career that began at Kellogg Community College. Eligible applicants are accepted into or enrolled in a patient-oriented (direct patient care) health care program and/or allied health field at Kellogg Community College or those who are transferring from KCC to another institution to continue their postsecondary education in the field of patient-oriented and/or allied health field. Eligible candidates will also have a 2.5 GPA or higher. Financial need may be considered if all other eligibility criteria are met. Previous award recipients may reapply.  Examples of patient-oriented and/or allied health fields include (but are not limited to): nursing, dental hygiene, physical therapy, radiography, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) programs, clinical laboratory scientist, electrocardiogram technician, emergency medical technician, medical assistant, occupational therapist, paramedic, phlebotomist, physical therapist, and social workers.

 

Edward L. & Joanne M. Drewno Scholarship       Edward L. & Joanne M. Drewno made a generous contribution to the Battle Creek Community Foundation to create scholarships for students attending accredited medical schools in Michigan to become a family practice physician. The scholarship will make its first payment once the recipient enrolls in his/her first semester of medical school. This scholarship is intended for graduates or graduating seniors from Calhoun County or State of Michigan high schools. Evidence of potential for academic success, proven service to their community, church and/or family, and some financial need are all selection criteria for the scholarship.

 

Elizabeth Mary List Scholarship  Elizabeth Mary List was a model student, she exhibited strong academic skills, was artistic, a gourmet cook, and played the piano. Words from the musical, The Sound of Music, so well sum up her courage through her long illness, which she termed her impossible dream. For 20 years, Liz battled with a disease that finally took her life in 1992. This scholarship is given in loving memory of Elizabeth Mary List. Eligible applicants must be St. Philip Catholic Central High School graduating seniors. Selection criteria include: academic performance, demonstrated leadership ability, financial need, winning resilient spirit.

 

Florence Leaffy Tucker Class of 1929 Memorial Scholarship         In honor of Florence Leaffy Tucker, 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. Eligible candidates are female, graduating seniors of Battle Creek Central High School with outstanding academic and athletic ability; additional consideration is to be given to those who have demonstrated service to her school and community.

 

Floyd C. & Gwendolyn M. Oglesby Scholarship The Floyd C. and Gwendolyn M. Oglesby Scholarship Fund was established to help provide assistance for high school seniors from BCPS 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. Applicants must have a 2.5 GPA or higher and considerations will be: evidence of active community service engagement and volunteerism to improve the lives of those living in the City of Battle Creek, along with a strong work ethic and passion for exhibiting civic responsibility.

 

George V. Dodd Scholarship Fund           George Dodd, at the age of 10, was selling newspapers and eggs for pennies to help support his family during the Great Depression. He was a man of Faith and instilled that Faith in his four children, who all had careers in the service of others. His 37-year career with Kellogg Company as a Project Engineer took him everywhere Kellogg had a plant. We honor his dedication to Problem Solving with this scholarship. Eligible candidates include Battle Creek Central High School graduating seniors and graduates planning to major in a STEM-related field who have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and have been accepted or are enrolled at a 2-year r 4 -year college or university, or are pursuing advanced degrees. Selection criteria includes demonstrated financial need. Candidates pursuing Engineering or Pre-Engineering may receive first preference. Students planning to attend Kellogg Community College, Michigan State University, or Northwestern University may also receive preference. Former recipients may reapply.

 

Georgia L. Howard Scholarship 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. Eligible applicants are graduating seniors of Battle Creek Central High School with a GPA of 2.5 or greater seeking to continue their education at a two or four-year college, university or technical school. Preference shall be a male graduate of a single female guardian household (mother, grandmother, foster mother, etc.) Secondary preference shall be a female graduate of a single female guardian household. Recipients who are helped by this scholarship should have the mindset to then help someone else.

 

Georgia Rothburg Nursing Scholarship  Georgia Rothburg was a school nurse, and was also very concerned about cancer research, volunteering many hours with the American Cancer Society. In establishing this scholarship fund, it was Georgia’s hope that dedicated nursing careers in the Battle Creek area would develop from this assistance. Eligible candidates are Battle Creek area graduating seniors or graduates planning to pursue a degree in nursing, and adult students who already have a degree in nursing and wish to further their education. Considerations are: academic performance, financial need, character and citizenship, and motivation to succeed.

 

Gerald D. Barns Family  The Fund was established for the purpose of providing scholarships to Battle Creek Public Schools graduating seniors and graduates who seek educational opportunities beyond high school in the construction-related skilled trades.  Funds may be used for expenses incidental to attaining educational objectives, including, but not limited to: tuition, fees, books, housing, testing, transportation, or child care.

 

Gifford - Burgy Scholarship         The Gifford-Burgy Scholarship was established by the Gifford's to assist students of the Calhoun Area Career Center who are pursuing technical studies, with the intent for a career in a technical field. Eligible applicants are graduating seniors that have completed a course at the CACC and are pursuing a technical field. Candidates who have shown excellent study habits in both their home school and at the CACC will receive preference. It is expected that individuals receiving this award will continue to exhibit the same workmanship and attitude as they have shown to this date.

 

Gill-Kline Scholarship    A generous, anonymous donor established this fund to provide an opportunity for individuals attending college. Eligible applicants are graduating seniors from Battle Creek area public and private high schools, or adult students who reside in the Battle Creek area that are returning to college, and pursuing a career in nursing. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or above. Selection criteria: Strong community involvement. This scholarship is nonrenewable.

 

Glenn & June Williams-Chapel Hill United Methodist Church Scholarship          This scholarship was established for the purpose of providing scholarships to students of Chapel Hill United Methodist Church who seek education opportunities beyond high school. Eligible candidates are graduating seniors that are active members themselves or family of active members of the Chapel Hill United Methodist Church.

 

Gysel/Morton United Methodist Scholarship    The Gysel/Morton Scholarship Fund was created to honor the ministries of Rev. Dr. Jim Gysel and Rev. Dave Morton. Eligible applicants are undergraduate or graduate students pursuing theological education and planning to go into full time ministry or mission work who are from the United Methodist Church within the Michigan area (State of Michigan).  Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or greater on a 4.0 scale. Candidate should demonstrate active service to their church through an essay and also provide two letters of recommendation. Financial need may also be considered.

Harper Creek Optimist Memorial Scholarship    In May 1994, the President of the Harper Creek Optimist Club authorized the establishment of a scholarship fund to be awarded to graduating seniors from Harper Creek High School. Eligible applicants are graduating seniors of Harper Creek High School with a minimum GPA of 3.0, and show evidence of community service.

 

Harper Creek Scholarship            This scholarship was created by Harper Creek Community Schools in 1994 as the districts first scholarship with the Battle Creek Community Foundation. It is a promise to graduating seniors of Harper Creek High School that they will always have a scholarship available to them.

 

Harry & Helen Davidson Family Scholarship       The Davidson Family Scholarship was established to honor the commitment to education and service to the Battle Creek community of Harry and Helen Davidson. Harry served as the Superintendent of the Battle Creek Public Schools for a number of years, and upon his retirement, became the first Executive Director of the Battle Creek Community Foundation. Much of Harry and Helens work in this community can be exemplified today through the development of our fine educational system, the growth of our Community Foundation, and a strong community which values the education of our young people. Eligible applicants are Battle Creek Public Schools graduating seniors planning to attend Kellogg Community College or Michigan State University. Selection criteria: Primarily involvement in community and neighborhood activities, then academic achievement, with some consideration for financial need.

 

Helen Kirkland Scholarship         Helen Kirkland established this fund through a trust fund aimed at supporting worthy Battle Creek Public Schools students enrolled in the nursing courses at Kellogg Community College and who are in need of financial assistance. Eligible applicants are 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.

 

Helen M. Cavanaugh Memorial Scholarship       "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 applicants shall be graduating seniors of Battle Creek Public Schools.

 

Herbert & Clara Swafford Citizenship Scholarship           The Herbert and Clara Swafford Scholarship was established for the purpose of providing scholarships to graduates or graduating seniors from Lakeview High School and Harper Creek High School, who seek educational opportunities beyond high school at a four-year college or university (community colleges and trade schools do not qualify). Applicants must demonstrate good citizenship.

 

Higdon Memorial Scholarship   The Higdon Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by Sharon Gawlak in honor of her parents, Maude and Harold Higdon. Sharon's parents were life-long residents of Battle Creek who exemplified a strong work ethic. Sharon continued the family value by obtaining her college degree and serving as a teacher at Northwestern Middle School for 30 years. Recipients of the Higdon Memorial Scholarship will exemplify this same commitment as this family has to their profession. Eligible candidates are Battle Creek area high school graduating seniors or graduates who attended Northwestern Middle School for three years, or Northwestern for one year and Springfield Middle School for two years. Selection criteria includes: academic performance, community involvement, written recommendations, achievement and/or aptitude test performance.

 

Hispanics for Educational Progress Scholarship Hispanics for Educational Progress (HEP)    The groups purpose for forming and establishing the scholarship program is to promote the importance of education and the opportunities that a college education will create. Education is the means by which individuals compete in the global economy today. This fund continues the legacy that the founders of the Air Force Cataloging Standardization Center (CASC) Hispanic Employment Program (HEP) put in motion in 1975. Eligible candidates are: Latino or Hispanic graduating high school seniors from the greater Battle Creek area, or past recipients, who have a GPA of 2.5 or above. Selection criteria include: Active community service or school participation, and essay responses.

 

Hookway Family Memorial Scholarship                This fund was established in loving memory of Donna (Dee Dee) Hookway. Dee Dee had the belief of living life to the fullest and she did just that right up until her final illness. Dee Dee never met a stranger, always saw the glass as half full, and worried more about others than she did about herself. She was witty, loving and loyal to friends and family. This fund was established for the purpose of providing scholarships for graduating seniors from Marshall, Harper Creek, or Lakeview high schools pursuing higher education. Should there be a lack of eligible candidates from one of the above schools in any given year, candidates may be selected from one of the other local public schools. First preference may be given to applicants attending Albion College. Applicants must have a 3.5 GPA or higher and financial need may be considered.

 

Hugh F. McPherson Scholarship               Mr. McPherson was a successful Battle Creek area businessman who chose to share his success with a number of organizations. The McPherson Scholarship was established based on his desire to help students from his adopted alma mater, Battle Creek Central High School, achieve their goals. Applications will be judged based primarily on academic performance and financial need. Consideration will also be given to individuals who have provided service to the community, neighborhood, or church, and who demonstrate motivation to achieve their goals. This scholarship is renewable for up to four years.

 

In God We Trust, Mitchelle T. Savage Memorial Scholarship      This scholarship provides the opportunity for a postsecondary education scholarship to graduates or graduating seniors from Battle Creek area public and private schools who will be attending a college that is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (http://www.cccu.org.www.cccu.org). Considerations are: activity within church, financial need, GPA and/or demonstrated evidence to succeed in college.

 

Jack K. Mawdsley Scholarship    This scholarship was established by the faculty and staff at BCPS to honor Jack Mawdsleys career as an educator. Eligible candidates are graduating seniors of Battle Creek Public Schools. Competitive applicants must exhibit some financial need and strong character, including: satisfactory academic performance, self-motivation, and perseverance. This scholarship is non-renewable.

 

Jack W. & Donna B. Gray Scholarship     In 2005, the first class of Battle Creek Central Hall of Fame recipients were honored, and the scholarship continues to honor high school graduating seniors who ae destined to continue Central's legacy as Pride of the State. Eligible applicants are Battle Creek Central High School graduating seniors with a minimum 2.5 GPA. Considerations are: Applicants should be involved in some form of community service and/or any extracurricular activities. Financial need will be considered but will not be the primary decision factor.

 

Jake & Howard Westrick Scholarship     As a Battle Creek native, Jake Westrick is remembered as a man who was dependable and reliable. He was employed by Clark Equipment Company for more than 27 years. Mr. Westrick believed that he must bring value to his work, and that his work, and others, should be characterized as being of high quality. To perpetuate his memory and the values for which he stood, his son, Howard, established the Jake and Howard Westrick Memorial Scholarship Fund. Eligible applicants are St. Philip Catholic Central High School graduates and graduating seniors pursuing careers in the trades (i.e., electricians, plumbers, nurses, etc.). The primary criteria for selection is attendance, and graduates will be considered after graduating seniors. Secondary selection criteria consists of: financial need, dependability, and letters of recommendation.

 

James E. Sherman Memorial Scholarship             Jim Sherman graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1955 and attended Western Michigan University. Participation in extra-curricular school activities provided him first-hand lessons in the importance of responsibility, discipline, fairness, and respect. Jim was a superb craftsman in the printing field, a good husband, father and grandfather. His family (wife Lou Ann and sons, Jim and Steve) established the James E. Sherman Memorial Scholarship in Jims memory. Each year this scholarship will provide assistance for graduates and/or graduating seniors of the Battle Creek Public Schools that are seeking educational opportunities beyond high school. Considerations are: character, citizenship, emphasis on someone who may not have the chance/opportunity to succeed without scholarships; potential to succeed academically, financial need. One letter of recommendation is required from the applicant’s teacher, counselor, principal, agency volunteer supervisor, or employer that specifically addresses the applicant’s character, citizenship, work ethic, and ability to succeed academically. The student must maintain active, consistent enrollment in a college, university, or technical school (full or part-time) in order to renew the award through reapplication.

 

James F. Hettinger Scholarship    This fund was established in 2008 by the Board of Directors and staff of Battle Creek Unlimited, Inc. (BCU) to celebrate and honor the visionary leadership of James F. Hettinger at the time of his retirement. Mr. Hettinger served with distinction as President and Chief Executive Officer of BCU from 1979 to 2008. He is credited with attracting nearly 100 companies and 9,400 jobs to Battle Creeks Fort Custer Industrial Park during his tenure. The fund represents a heartfelt expression of gratitude towards Jim for his commitment to community, education, jobs and sustainable families. Jim is a graduate of Albion High School and earned both bachelors and masters degrees in political science from Western Michigan University. Eligible applicants are African American students pursuing education at  Western Michigan University College of Aviation. Graduating seniors must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or greater. An emphasis will be placed on applicants who present the lowest household income level or greatest financial need.

 

Joe Brutsche Memorial Scholarship        "This scholarship is a memorial tribute to Earl Joe Brutsche IV, who lived the Boy Scout oath and law in his daily life and never hesitated to help a friend regardless of the time of day. Joe was a 2006 graduate of St. Phillip Catholic Central High School where he was the Vice-President of his class for four years. He was also an amazing athlete earning a total of 10 varsity letters in the sports of track, basketball and football. Joe was a Boy Scout and member of Troop #325. He earned the Cub Scout Arrow of Light, Eagle Scout and Ad Altare Dei awards. It is hoped that individuals receiving this award will continue to display the same character, dedication and willingness to give as Joe did. Eligible applicants shall be graduating seniors from St. Philip Catholic Central High School who are members in good standing of the girl scouts or boy scouts and active in school activities and athletics. GPA is not to be considered. Scholarship priority will be given to graduating senior(s) who have obtained Gold Girl Scout or Eagle Scout status. Applicant(s) must submit a letter of recommendation from member scout troop that verifies active membership. If the applicant(s) have obtained Gold Girl Scout or Eagle Scout status, a copy of the documentation verifying status must be submitted.

 

John Craig Allen Scholarship      Mr. Allen was a highly respected English teacher at Battle Creek Central High School from 1926 to 1936. Mr. Allen loved music and the theater, and often traveled to New York and Europe to see top programs. He died on September 18, 1986, and left the major portion of his estate to the Battle Creek Community Foundation to be used for scholarships. Applicants must be Battle Creek area public high school graduating seniors. Considerations include: character and citizenship, industry and effort, test data and grades received in high school as well as financial need.

 

John T. Berry Memorial Scholarship        This scholarship was established to provide scholarships to Battle Creek Central High School graduating seniors and graduates who are interested in pursuing studies in economics, political science, or government at a 4-year college or university. This includes, but is not limited to, degrees in political science, public policy, public administration, government, international relations, political theory or economics, etc. If eligible candidates in these majors do not exist, consideration may be given to other liberal arts majors.  Consideration will especially be given to a student who has been able to succeed with a little bit of extra encouragement or extra effort.

 

Joseph J. & Marion L. Hempel Scholarship          When Marion Hempel established a fund in her name and her late husban;s honor, her vision for that fund was clear and purposeful.; She wanted to do something for the community in health care and, especially, nursing services. During Josephs time in nursing care, he and Marion became aware of the profound need for skilled nursing and the great dedication those professionals bring to their work. This scholarship is awarded in that spirit. Eligible applicants include graduating seniors and adult students who either reside or are employed in Calhoun County and are accepted into or enrolled in a patient-oriented health care program, or allied health area(e.g.: nursing, physician’s assistant, or physical therapist, etc.) are eligible for this scholarship. Applicants will be reviewed with equal consideration given to merit, academic achievement, financial need and commitment to the field. Preference may be given to applicants attending Kellogg Community College. This scholarship is renewable upon reapplication.

 

Judi Dolezal Memorial Scholarship         This scholarship is given in memory of Judi Dolezal who directed the Student Service Center at Lakeview High School from 1994 to 1998. Judi died of leukemia on June 23, 1999. In her short time at LHS, her infectious laugh and refreshing zest for life were often a brilliant shining light for many students. Judi could see and bring out the good in everyone she worked with. She dearly loved her job and the students at Lakeview High School. Eligible applicants shall be Lakeview High School graduating seniors, a student listener or student senator his/her junior and senior years and display patterns of behavior, citizenship, and attendance worthy of scholarship recognition.

 

Julian Ptacin Scholarship              This scholarship is for graduating seniors from Battle Creek area public and private school students, who seek educational opportunities beyond high school. Eligible applicants must have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA. Considerations are: demonstration of being a team player by participation in team sports, extracurricular activities and/or in their relationships with friends, family and community, demonstrated actions that support an anti-drinking and other positive lifestyle behaviors. This scholarship is renewable for up to a total of four years, but applicants must reapply each year.

 

Julie Karamchandani Scholarship             The Julie Karamchandani Scholarship was established by her parents (Dr. Mahesh C. and Roshan Karmachandani), family and friends. She was a very warm, friendly, and loving child with great interest in music and painting. Applicants must be Battle Creek area public and private school graduating seniors or graduates demonstrating academic achievement and financial need. Scholarship recipients shall be selected based on the following considerations in priority order:1) financial need; 2) academic excellence; 3) leadership qualities, and; 4) extracurricular activities.

 

Juliee T. Hazel Norman Scholarship        The Juliee T. Hazel Norman Scholarship was established to honor the memory of Juliee T. Hazel Norman. Throughout her life, Juliee served in positions of leadership at school, church dance, college, career, and community. Juliee is listed in the Whos Who Among High School Students. The scholarship is awarded annually to students selected from the Honor Guard Program at Harper Creek High School. Honor Guard members display a constructive attitude and respectful behavior toward everyone. Eligible applicants shall be graduating seniors from Harper Creek High School. Candidates must show evidence of volunteerism in the community and leadership."

 

Kathleen Carpenter Garland Scholarship              "This scholarship is given in loving memory of Kathleen Carpenter Garland and her dedication to the nursing profession. Eligible applicants will be graduates or graduating seniors of St. Phillip Catholic Central High School, who seek educational opportunities in a health related or educational field of study beyond high school.  Considerations are:  academic performance, leadership, character and citizenship.  Financial assistance may also be considered."

 

Kathy & Larry Rizor Scholarship     Kathy and Larry Rizor established this fund for graduating seniors from a greater Battle Creek area high school pursuing a degree in teaching, science related fields, or architecture and related fields. Eligible applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or above. Financial need may be considered, but is not required for eligibility. Applicants choosing to pursue a degree from an institution who primarily or exclusively awards its degree based on instruction completed virtually/online are not eligible for this scholarship opportunity.

 

Kathy Petrich Music Scholarship               This fund, established in 2009 by friends and colleagues, is a tribute to the life of Kathy Petrich. Kathy Petrich taught for twelve years as Director of Choral Activities for Marshall Public Schools. Prior to teaching in Marshall, she taught for five years in River Rouge, and one year in New Hampshire. Her high school groups consistently earned first division ratings not only in Michigan, but in national and international competitions as well. Eligible applicants shall be graduating seniors of Marshall High School who will be pursuing a degree in music. Selection criteria are: applicants who have participated in music (choir, band or orchestra) throughout their high school career, have maintained good grades, and have received recommendations from Marshall High School teachers. Applicants should demonstrate potential to succeed in college curriculum to be pursued. Financial need, character and volunteer involvement may also be considered. Contact counselors at Marshall High School for an application.

 

Kellogg Company-Tony McGee Scholarship        The Kellogg Company-Tony McGee Scholarship is specifically designed to support scholarships for minority students who seek educational opportunities beyond high school. Priority consideration will be given first to those attending historically black colleges, second to four year Michigan colleges, and third to Kellogg Community College. Scholarship recipients are determined by the Battle Creek Area Urban League. Considerations are: financial need and academic achievement. Minority students shall include but not be limited to African American, Latino, and others. P

 

Ken Ervin Athletic Scholarship in Memory of Joel S. Ervin             The Ken Ervin Athletic Scholarship in Memory of Joel S. Ervin was established in honor of Ken Ervin for being the voice of high school sports in Battle Creek for over 22 years. In 2017, Ken and Linda lost their son, Joel, and would like to honor his memory through their fund. Joel was a 1993 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School, a 2000 graduate of Walsh College, and will be remembered as an excellent father, friend, brother, and son. Eligible candidates include greater Battle Creek area public and private high school graduating seniors with a GPA of 2.5 or higher who have participated in a minimum of one varsity sport for at least two years of their high school career. Selection criteria includes: Active involvement in his/her school and service to the community, and one letter of recommendation from either the athletic director or coach demonstrating outstanding character and sportsmanship. Financial need may be considered. This scholarship is nonrenewable.

 

Kevin B. Swafford Memorial Scholarship              This fund was established in memory of Kevin B. Swafford. Eligible applicants are graduating seniors of Harper Creek High School who will be attending Kellogg Community College and can demonstrate some financial need. No specific grade point is required, however, the applicant should possess the characteristics of someone who is working hard on their academics, taking hard classes but not necessarily a straight A student. Students who meet eligibility as described and play soccer will be given special consideration.

 

Kiwanis/Hebble Memorial Scholarship     Eligible applicants will be graduating seniors of public or private high schools or home school equivalent, or undergraduate college students who have achieved qualification level that are children or grandchildren of members in good standing in the Kiwanis Club of Battle Creek and graduating seniors who are members in good standing of a Kiwanis Key Club sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Battle Creek. Applicants must have demonstrated leadership skills and a community service commitment and maintained a specified level of academic performance (GPA).

 

Kraft Foods Scholarship      Kraft Foods established this scholarship to support underrepresented (minority ethnicity or female) Battle Creek Public Schools graduating seniors interested in a career in the skilled trades or manufacturing technology.

 

Kristin & Michael Bauman Scholarship    The Kristin & Michael Bauman Scholarship Fund was established for the purpose of providing scholarships to Calhoun Intermediate School District (CISD) high school graduating seniors and graduates or any current residents of the CISD service area who seek educational opportunities beyond high school CISD high school graduating seniors and graduates or any current adult resident of the CISD service area who seek educational opportunities beyond high school (including certifications, associate, undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees, etc.), and are hearing impaired students entering higher education, or applicants pursuing degrees for teaching hearing impaired students (including, but not limited to, speech pathology, audiology, educational interpreting, and special education with a specialization in hearing impairment, etc. Courses limited to learning American Sign Language would not be considered.).  Applicants must present proof of their hearing impairment by providing one of the following documents, or their equivalent: a current audiogram or sections of their last IEP (Individualized Educational Plan) documenting the hearing impairment with the Calhoun Intermediate School District (CISD) or their college or university. Teaching students must attach proof of enrollment in a degree program for teaching hearing impaired students."

 

Lakeview Alumni Scholarship    This scholarship was established to provide scholarships to graduating seniors from the Lakeview School District who seed educational opportunities beyond high school.

 

Lakeview Class of 1968 Scholarship          The Lakeview Class of 1968 Scholarship was established in 2010 as a legacy to its graduates and a promise to LHS future graduates. Eligible applicants are graduating seniors or graduates of Lakeview School District who seek educational opportunities (college or technical training) beyond high school. Considerations are: financial need, academic performance, character and personal motivation.  Selection criteria include evidence of financial need and academic performance. Character and personal motivation should also be taken into consideration.

 

Lakeview High School Class of 1961 Scholarship                At their 30th class reunion, members of the Lakeview High School Class of 1961 discussed leaving a legacy to commemorate their times together at Lakeview. They wanted their legacy to make a difference in people's lives; they wanted to help motivate and assist adult students who wish to pursue their education. This is a non-traditional scholarship for adults wishing to continue their education at Kellogg Community College, a technical/ trade school, certificate program, or apprenticeship. Applicants must be residents of Battle Creek area who graduated from Lakeview High School, or who currently live in the Lakeview School District. Priority consideration is given to those who may be ineligible for other scholarships, demonstrate the desire and ability to succeed, and have financial need. Prior recipients may reapply for this opportunity.

 

Lavern K. & Helen L. Mitchell Scholarship            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. Eligible applicants are graduating seniors of Battle Creek Public Schools who plan to attend Kellogg Community College. Recipients must have exhibited outstanding citizenship and high academic standing.

 

Legacy Scholars Scholarship        Legacy Scholars was developed by a generous donation from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in 2005 to help make the postsecondary education opportunity a reality for the youth of Battle Creek. Legacy Scholars are students enrolled from their 6th-10th grade year in either Battle Creek Public Schools or Lakeview School Districts. Legacy Scholars are eligible to receive up to two-year scholarships to attend Kellogg Community College. Scholarships are last dollar and are meant to supplement any other grants or scholarships that a student may receive to attend Kellogg Community College. Eligibility: 2012 and beyond graduates of Battle Creek Central High School, Lakeview High School, Battle Creek Central Alternative High School or Calhoun Community High School who have graduated on time.

 

Leland, Dorothea, & Barbara McLain Scholarship              This scholarship was established by Barbara in honor of her parents who provided a good home and strong upbringing for her. Barbara is a 1945 graduate of Argubright Business College in Battle Creek. She had a lengthy and successful career at the Kellogg Company. Eligible candidates are graduates and graduating seniors of Battle Creek area public high schools who are pursuing a career in education. Students should demonstrate potential to succeed in college curriculum to be pursued. Financial need, character, and volunteer involvement will also be considered. This scholarship is renewable through reapplication.

 

Lena G. Bonham Scholarship      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, and who shall be deemed worthy and in need of assistance in that pursuit. Eligible applicants shall be graduating seniors of Battle Creek Public Schools who are pursuing an education in the field of nursing.

 

Leroy McKinney, Jr. Memorial Scholarship    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. Eligible candidates include African American male graduating seniors or graduates of Battle Creek Central High School who have a G.P.A. of 2.5 or greater. Preference will be given to candidates pursuing degrees in business, engineering, or are pursuing studies through a pre-engineering program. Non-traditional students returning to higher education after a break in studies may receive preference. Financial need may also be considered. Former recipients may reapply.

 

Lionel & Muzzie Wood Family Scholarship          Graduating seniors who seek educational opportunities beyond high school. Members of Missouri Synod Lutheran Churches within Calhoun County or other Christian-based churches within Calhoun County will be considered. Members of Missouri Synod Lutheran Church will be given preference. Considerations shall be: potential to succeed academically and community or church involvement. Financial need may be considered.

 

Lloyd W. Heselschwerdt Memorial Scholarship                Applicants must be a graduate of Lakeview High School and completed the equivalent of at least 24 credit hours of college classes. Preference may be given to the non-traditional student who has taken time away from college and is now seeking to continue his/her studies. Applicant may be a full-time or part-time undergraduate student or technical school student.

 

Louis & Margaret Martin Educational Support Endowment Fund              This scholarship was established to serve as a source of encouragement and support to minority and financially challenged students in the Battle Creek Public School District. Eligible applicants shall be African American graduating seniors from Battle Creek Central High School. Considerations are: demonstrated service to community, church and/or family, evidence of ability to succeed academically in a college or technical institution, and financial need. Scholarship priority will be given to Urban League of Battle Creek program participants, whenever applicable.

 

Lynne Margaret & Merri Kay Hulscher Memorial Scholarship     This scholarship is for Battle Creek Central High School graduating senior women who have excelled in academics and athletics. It is intended for a young woman intending to pursue a career in health or physical education, athletics, outdoor education or a related field. This award can be used at the college or university of the recipients choice, including two-year institutions.

 

Mac & Betty Behnke Scholarship    The Mac & Betty Behnke Scholarship was established for the purpose of providing scholarships to Battle Creek area students who seek educational opportunities beyond high school. Eligible applicants are graduates and graduating seniors of greater Battle Creek area public and private schools pursuing a degree at Notre Dame University. Applicants pursuing an engineering degree may be given preference. Selection criteria are based upon GPA and SAT/ACT scores, and the student’s service to the community. Financial need is not necessary. In the event a scholarship is not awarded for two consecutive years or more, an eligible applicant attending Saint Mary’s College may also be considered. Former recipients may reapply.

 

Margaret L. & Virginia Hensley Scholarship        Battle Creek resident Virginia Hensley and her sister Margaret have a passion for education, and both were educators for over 80 years combined. In fact, Virginia Hensley has long felt education was the only direction her life would take her. It was this love for teaching jobs that led her to Battle Creek in the first place. Establishing this fund in 2012 was just one of many acts of kindness and generosity the Hensleys have put in place to support high-achieving Battle Creek students. It is their hope the opportunity this fund provides will help students excel in their chosen careers. This scholarship is for Battle Creek area students who have completed high school or its equivalency and have been accepted by an accredited Michigan college or university (public or private). Financial need will be a selection factor. This scholarship may be renewed annually through reapplication.

 

Marian G. Shirk Scholarship        Marian G. Shirk established this fund for 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. Eligible applicants must have resided in Calhoun County for at least one year prior to the date of application and demonstrate financial need.

 

Marie & Frank Eldridge Memorial Scholarship   The Eldridges were active in the Lakeview community, longtime supporters of Lakeview High School and loyal fans of Lakeview Spartan athletic teams. Applicants must be Lakeview High School graduating seniors or past graduates that demonstrate high citizenship; participate in one or more varsity sports, and achieve average or above average academic grades.

 

Marjorie A. Pastor Scholarship  Marjorie A. Pastor, a graduate of Lakeview High School, was a highly respected and dedicated educator in the public schools. She served many years as chairperson of the English department and also as a high school counselor. Throughout her career, she strived to foster integrity, responsibility, honesty, self-direction and intellectual curiosity. Applicants must be Lakeview High School graduating seniors or graduates of Lakeview High School who exhibit evidence of good character and citizenship, industry and effort; ability as indicated by test data and high school grades; intention to pursue a career in an area of Communications (English, Drama, Journalism, etc.).

 

Mark Evans Memorial Scholarship     The Mark Evans Memorial Scholarship was created to honor the Harper Creek High School graduating senior who has the highest scoring National Merit Award score (PSAT). The Harper Creek Guidance Office identifies the scholarship recipient every year, and reports this information to the Battle Creek Community Foundation.

 

Martha Matrone Altenburg Memorial Scholarship     The Martha Matrone Altenburg Memorial Scholarship was established by her family and friends after her untimely death. This scholarship is intended for female graduating seniors of Battle Creek Central High School pursuing advanced training/college study in the area of business. Eligible candidates must have a high school GPA of 3.0 or above. Academic performance and financial need are among the selection criteria. This scholarship is renewable through reapplication for a maximum of four years.

 

Martin J.  "Marty" Wendt Scholarship   Eligible applicants are graduating seniors from public and private high schools in the Battle Creek area. Applicants pursuing a degree in biological sciences will be given preference, and should show some financial need.

 

Mary D. Durham Scholarship      This scholarship is given in memory of Mary D. Durham. She was a long-time employee of the Lakeview School District and mother of four Lakeview High School graduates. Her dedication and tireless efforts to help others set an example for all of us. Eligible applicants are Lakeview High School graduates or graduating seniors with a commitment to family and the Lakeview Community. Grades and financial need will also be considered.

 

Maurice Rose, Jr. Scholarship     The purpose of the Maurice Rose, Jr. Scholarship is to help support, encourage and educate African American young men from single-mother homes who are without the assistance or guidance of a father in their lives. The recipient will be encouraged to continue throughout their college years to live their life to its fullest by staying focused on education, striving to do their best and pledging to a drug-free lifestyle. Eligible candidates are graduating seniors of Battle Creek area public and/or private schools, who have applied for college admission. Candidates are to be African American males from single-mother homes who have lost their father due to death or incarceration, or who have never known or had any contact with their biological father. Candidates must have a 2.0 GPA or higher, will not use illegal drugs, alcohol, commit any crime, or conspire to be involved in the solicitation of drugs or any other illegal substance.

 

Maxwell G. Root Scholarship       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. Eligible applicants are graduating seniors from Battle Creek Central High School with the desire to further their education. Considerations are: economic need, very strong work ethic and desire for individual success.

 

Memorial Scholarship   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 applicants are bgraduating 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.

 

Minges Family Scholarship         Frances Minges Delmerico Issac implemented this scholarship in recognition of the 150+ years the family has resided and was active in the Lakeview area. Applicants must be current residents of Lakeview School District graduating from Lakeview High School and who will be attending an accredited four-year college or university or a two-year community college. Applicants must have financial need and submit two letters of recommendation, one from a faculty member, and the other from someone outside of the school setting. Considerations are: Demonstrated a potential for success: letters of recommendation, application and essay responses, and grades. Special consideration will be given to candidates with dyslexia or autism, despite their GPA. Preference may be given to students intending to study music, art, or agriculture. Former recipients may reapply throughout their undergraduate degree, and are required to submit two letters of recommendation.

 

Morton Matthew Maulding Scholarship    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. Eligible candidates include BCPS graduating seniors and graduates who plan to major in Pre-K through 12th grade education and have been accepted or are enrolled in a 4-year college or university (including those transferring from a 2-year institution to a 4-year institution). Preference shall be given to applicants who are people of color and to those who express a desire to teach at BCPS. Applicants should have a Grade Point Average (G.P.A.) of 2.5 or above. Those below a 2.5 must submit an additional essay explaining why their G.P.A. is low and their motivation for becoming a teacher. Financial need shall be considered. Former recipients may reapply.

 

NexThermal Scholarship    Nexthermal is dedicated to bettering the lives of its employees, and supporting the development of the greater Battle Creek area. To that end, Nexthermal offers employees and their dependents scholarships, emergency financial assistance, and other services. Eligible candidates for this scholarship are dependent children of regular employees of Nexthermal who are in good standing and have been employed at Nexthermal for more than one year. Employees may be the parent, legal guardian, stepmother, or stepfather of the dependent child. Excluded from this criteria are retirees and former spouses. Candidates must be high school graduates or G.E.D. recipients under the age of 21 who have been accepted in the fall, or students who are already pursuing a full-time course of study at an accredited two or four year college, university, or vocational-technical school. There is a minimum GPA of 2.75.  Selection criteria: academic performance, financial need, and community involvement. This scholarship is renewable through reapplication.

 

Nicholas Rocca Memorial Scholarship    The Nicholas Rocca scholarship was established for the benefit of graduating seniors of Harper Creek High School interested in furthering their study of music. Considerations are: grades, character, and potential for success, scholastic achievements, and extracurricular activities, academic, social or athletic honors and if applicable the ACT or SAT scores of the applicant. Scholarship applications may be obtained at the Harper Creek High School counseling office.

 

Norene Keaton Scholarship        Norene Keaton loved Michigan State University-all aspects-from academics to sports. She was extremely proud of MSUs high rankings within the academic world and the broad range of quality educational opportunities offered by the University. Norene maintained a high level of awareness of the various disciplines offered at MSU. She always was highly motivated to pay back, in some way, for the outstanding educational experience and social environment that was provided at MSU. She truly wanted the same for all students who have that burning desire to learn and grow. This scholarship is for Battle Creek area graduating seniors attending Michigan State University who have received a letter of acceptance. Applicants should exhibit some financial need.

 

Norma J. Reed Scholarship          The Norma J. Reed Scholarship was established to assist worthy graduating seniors of St. Philip Catholic Central High School who have applied themselves. Eligible applicants shall be St. Philip Catholic Central High School graduating seniors. Considerations shall be: Academic performance, financial need and character.

 

Optimist Club of Battle Creek Memorial Youth Fund      Eligible applicants are graduating high school seniors of Battle Creek Public Schools,  St. Phillip Catholic Central High School, Battle Creek Academy and Calhoun Christian School. The Optimist Club of Battle Creek is a voluntary organization of civic-minded men and women banded together for progressive thought and action in community service.

 

Pathways Scholarship    The purpose of this scholarship is to provide funding for individuals who wish to obtain a college education or technical training in the trades, nursing and allied health fields, and certificate degree programs. Applicants must be graduating seniors or graduates of Lakeview Schools, or currently live in Lakeview School District. Considerations are: a combination of academic achievement, extracurricular activities, work history and essay responses. All other considerations equal, financial need may be considered. Applicants are also asked to submit one (1) letter of recommendation from a school official or employer attesting to the applicant's attendance, responsibility, communication skills, cooperation, and service to the community. Previous recipients may reapply.

 

Paul & Mavis Pitzer Public Service Scholarship  Eligible applicants for this scholarship opportunity are Battle Creek area high school graduating seniors or graduates who are pursuing a career in public service, education, government or a private non-profit corporation. Applicants must exhibit good character and a propensity toward public service through volunteerism, service to others, and service to the community.

 

Paul A. Riegle Scholarship       In the fast-paced world we live in, slowing down to spend quality time with friends can often get missed. However, for Paul A. Riegle, taking time out for friends was a characteristic you could always count on. Paul was a family-oriented and well-rounded person, valuing service, education, business and the trades while at the same time enjoying the majestic beauty of the outdoors through many of his favorite pastimes such as skiing, hunting and fishing. His family hopes that this scholarship will contribute in meaningful ways towards a better life for the recipient and their family. All Calhoun County, MI residents are eligible. A GPA of 2.5 and above is preferred and financial need must be considered. Former recipients may reapply.

 

Paul Nicolich-Harper Creek Memorial Scholarship          The Paul Nicolich-Harper Creek Memorial Scholarship Foundation (the Fund) was established to serve as a source of encouragement and support to graduating seniors of Harper Creek High School who have participated in athletics. Eligible candidates shall be graduating seniors of Harper Creek High School who have participated in athletics and have achieved a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Additional considerations shall be: students who are well-rounded, meaning a student who is involved in the community through school, church, work, sports and/or other activities, students who have demonstrated leadership through school, church, work, sports and/or other activities and like Paul Nicolich, the recipient be a person of integrity who embodies the characteristics of trustworthiness and honesty.

 

Pennfield Schools Retirees Memorial Scholarship           This scholarship is for the children or grandchildren of Pennfield retirees, current employees with at least 5 years’ experience, or a former employee with at least 5 years of experience who is a Michigan Public School Retiree, who are seeking educational opportunities beyond high school. These opportunities include: accredited colleges, universities or technical/trade schools. Eligible applicants are: graduating seniors from any accredited high school or a current enrollee in higher education, of good moral character, demonstrate evidence of community service, and have attained a 3.0 GPA or above. Scholarship applications may be obtained through the Pennfield High School counseling office or the Battle Creek Community Foundation.

 

Pessetti Family Scholarship        This scholarship was designed for graduates of Battle Creek area public or private schools. Candidates will be eligible, and will be selected, upon entering their junior year of college at an accredited Michigan college or university. Students should demonstrate community involvement, good work ethic while attending school, and/or involvement in sports, clubs, etc. Financial need, character, and GPA will also be considered.

 

Pieper Memorial Scholarship    Jacqueline Pieper created this scholarship for students with potential, but who needed economic assistance to continue their education. Eligible applicants shall be graduating seniors or graduates of a public or private high school of the Battle Creek area or have obtained a GED. Applicants must be planning to enroll at a two or four year college or university, trade school, or similar learning institution. Financial need is the most critical consideration when awarding this scholarship. Preference will be given to residents or former residents of the Lakeview School District; special consideration shall also be given to former students of Jacqueline Pieper or their children.

 

Project GEAR UP Scholarship     The GEAR UP Scholarship is the educational financial assistance component of the Western Michigan University GEAR UP Learning Centers project, funded in part by the United States Department of Education. The objective is to provide renewable scholarships to graduating seniors of the Battle Creek Public School system who seek educational opportunities beyond high school. Eligibility: Graduating high school seniors and graduates within the last 4 years of the Battle Creek Public School System High Schools. Criteria: Financial need.

 

R. G. Frantz AFL-CIO Technical Trades Scholarship            This scholarship is for Battle Creek area graduating seniors or adults associated with organized labor. There is a strong emphasis on merit, need, above average grades, community involvement, and whose families have a modest income level. Financial need is not a major criteria for the scholarship. Criteria considered are: attendance (school or work), responsibility, communication skills and abilities, cooperation, service to the community; utilizing a balance of academic, community service, and extracurricular criteria. Priority will be given to candidates who have an interest or need for technical or trade related training, upgrading of skills, or re-training for individuals who are associated with organized labor and may be unemployed, under employed, and/or dislocated workers. Scholarship could serve self-interest of local employers with respect to projections of the appropriate training and education of the work force 2000 and beyond.

 

Radiology Consultants, PLC / Kellogg Community College Medical Imaging Programs Scholarship      Eligible recipients will be Kellogg Community College students who are studying subjects related to operating a radiology practice including, but not limited to:   radiography, medical imaging, medical/business management, medical billing , medical coding, etc.

 

Ratner Scholarship          The purpose of the Ratner Scholarship is to reward students from Calhoun County who have achieved academic success, exhibited good character and performed services for their communities. Marv and Jane Ratner believe that those of us who have benefited from our community should give something back. We hope that the scholarship recipients will achieve continued academic success and continue their record of service in their communities. Eligible candidates are graduating seniors from all Calhoun County high schools in the Calhoun Intermediate School District (CISD) who academically rank in the top 20 percent of their graduating class. Considerations are: financial need, community service, and character.

 

Rebecca "Becky" Porter Health Care Scholarship      Rebecca Becky Porter made a lasting impact and impression on all who knew her. Selecting the compassionate profession of nursing led her on a journey that culminated in the founding and establishment of the Holistic Health Center. It’s no surprise family, clients, Western Michigan University students and friends felt it more than fitting to establish the Rebecca Becky Porter Health Care Scholarship Fund in tribute to a loving, gracious soul and giving spirit. Eligible candidates are Calhoun County, MI residents enrolled in a holistic health care (e.g.: yoga or massage therapy, etc.) or a patient-oriented health care program (e.g.: nursing, dental hygiene, physical therapy, paramedic, social workers, etc.) who have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Former recipients may reapply.

 

Reverend Clifton V. Bullock and Voncile "Bonnie" Bullock Minority Scholarship        The Reverend Clifton V. Bullock came to Battle Creek in 1976 as Pastor of Washington Heights United Methodist Church and built the new Washington Heights United Methodist Church and Community Ministries. Reverend Bullock is remembered as an individual who promoted among youth the value of taking responsibility for your own life, getting an education, and helping your community. The Clifton V. Bullock Minority Education Endowment Fund was established by the Kellogg Company in 1991 as a tribute to the work and life of Rev. Bullock. The Bullock family requested the name of the fund be changed to the Rev. Clifton V. Bullock and Voncile Bonnie Bullock Minority Education Fund, in honor of her many years of actively supporting and promoting the fund since its establishment in 1991. The purpose of the scholarship is to advance the educational opportunities for minority people in the Battle Creek area. Battle Creek area high school minority graduating seniors and adults are eligible to apply. Academic performance, financial need, and service to the community are the selection criteria for this scholarship.

 

Reverend Earl F. Young & Reverend William Young, Jr. Memorial Scholarship   Eligible candidates are African American graduates or graduating seniors of Battle Creek area public high schools who are personally registered members, or whose families are registered members of the Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church. Considerations are: character and financial need.

 

Reverend George & Jean Seifert Memorial Scholarship                This scholarship is for a Lakeview High School graduating seniors and graduates, or residents of the Lakeview School District in Battle Creek who plan to attend college, a university, or seminary school or equivalent. Considerations are: demonstration of good character, citizenship, achievement of average or above average grades. Financial need may be considered. Preference will be given to applicants who plan to attend seminary school or equivalent and former recipients may reapply. Candidates are asked to complete a one-page essay and submit a letter of recommendation.

 

Richard & Elizabeth Jones Scholarship     This scholarship was intended for individuals residing in Calhoun County who will be entering graduate school at the University of Michigan. Competitive candidates must exhibit financial need and the potential to succeed in their graduate school program. This scholarship may be renewed through reapplication.

 

Richard McKenzie Memorial Scholarship             Richard McKenzie was a gifted science instructor at Southwestern Junior High School who made learning fun. He shared his warm humor and love of life with all that knew him. This scholarship is given in loving memorial tribute of Richard McKenzie. It is designed for graduating seniors or graduates of Battle Creek Central High School who intend to pursue a degree in Education. Applicants must have maintained a 2.75 GPA throughout high school. Character (primary factor), citizenship, academic performance, and financial need will all be considered.

 

Richard R. Montgomery Scholarship       Dick was a talented, enthusiastic person whose positive attitude enriched all who had the good fortune of knowing him. He worked to enhance the quality of life in the Battle Creek community through his many years of community involvement. He was also a graduate of Michigan State University (Major: journalism), who came home to work for the Enquirer and News, then Clark Equipment. This scholarship opportunity is for Lakeview High School graduating seniors who will be attending Kellogg Community College. Financial need will be highly considered.

 

Rick & Debra Baron Second Chance Scholarship                Rick and Debra Baron realize the importance of education to help pave the path to success, and yet realize that sometimes difficult challenges and obstacles get in the way of our educational goals. Life’s challenges may include addictions, inadequate family support, poverty, health issues, or sometimes just misguided choices along the way. However, they feel that anyone who is highly motivated to rise above those hardships with determination and hard work, deserve to succeed and be given a second chance. Eligible applicants are adult students (not graduating high school seniors) who have obtained a diploma or its equivalent from a greater Battle Creek area public or private school who is pursuing a degree or certificate from a college/university, technical and/or trade school, certificate program or other postsecondary training.

 

Robert & Eleanor DeVries Family Practice Scholarship The Robert & Eleanor DeVries Family Practice Scholarship Fund was established for the purpose of providing scholarships for greater Battle Creek area public and private school graduating seniors and graduates, or adult residents of the greater Battle Creek area, who seek postsecondary educational opportunities in the family practice medical field specifically to become a physician extender (including, but not limited to: physician assistant, nurse practitioner, resident physician, etc.).  Funds may be used for expenses incidental to attaining educational objectives, including, but not limited to: tuition, fees, books, housing, testing, transportation, child care, etc. 

 

Robert D. and Shirley M. McFee Scholarship-University of Michigan      This scholarship is intended for those who have been accepted to the University of Michigan after graduating from a high school or a community college (who have been out of high school for no more than three years)in the University of Michigan Club of Calhoun County area. Considerations will be: academic performance, economic need, character traits and values, community involvement, review of essay. Applicants must also agree to attend at least one University of Michigan Club of Calhoun County function during the year following receipt of the scholarship.

 

Robert L. Nendorf  Memorial Scholarship            This scholarship was established in loving memory of Robert L. Nendorf by family and friends. Rob was a 1964 graduate of Comstock High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1966, served a tour of duty in Vietnam and earned a Purple Heart for injuries sustained in battle. Eligible candidates are Battle Creek area public or private school graduates or graduating seniors seeking education at a two or four year college or university.  Graduating seniors must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Scholarships in memory of Robert will be awarded to (in order of preference): disabled veterans, veterans, an ;the children of veterans. Financial need will also be considered.

 

Robert L. Weiher Memorial Scholarship               This scholarship was established to honor Robert L. Weiher, a Pennfield High School graduate who served in the United States Army and died from wounds suffered in combat during the Vietnam War. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious achievement in ground operations as well as the Purple Heart. He will always be remembered for the sacrifice he made for his country. Eligible applicants are Pennfield High School graduating seniors and graduates whose GPA is not above 3.3. Academic performance, financial need, citizenship, and strong moral character are included in the criteria for this award.

 

Robert M. Ward Scholarship      This scholarship was established in honor of Robert M. Ward after he was named the Michigan High School Principal of the Year in 1990. It will be awarded to graduates or graduating seniors of Lakeview High School and selection criteria will be based on leadership, scholarship, citizenship, service, industry and effort, integrity and responsibility. Preference may be given to candidates was have lost a parent due to death. The Robert M. Ward Scholarship is non-renewable.

 

Roberta H. Cribbs Scholarship   Roberta H. Cribbs has devoted a great deal of her life to enhancing the lives of others, and is an advocate for higher education. It has been her life-long dream to establish a scholarship that would provide financial assistance for African-Americans who might not otherwise attend college. Roberta says recognize the value of your own potential. You must understand that prosperity begins within you; it is a frame of mind; Eligible candidates include African-American adults, college students, or Battle Creek area public and private school graduating seniors. Competitive applicants must demonstrate service to their community, church, and/or family. Evidence of ability to succeed academically and financial need will be considered. An additional essay is required. This scholarship is renewable through reapplication for up to four years of undergraduate or technical training/ study.

 

Ronald Clark McDaniel Memorial Scholarship    To honor the life and legacy of Ronald Clark McDaniel, family and friends established the Ronald Clark McDaniel Memorial Scholarship Fund in 2008. Ron, born in Harlan, Kentucky, moved to Battle Creek, Michigan at the age of 5. He was involved in the National Honor Society, Boys State, played baseball and football and graduated in the top ten of his class at Pennfield High School. He then served in the United States Air Force obtaining presidential awards and honors before he made his home back in Battle Creek. Ron managed to balance his commitment and love for his family and sports while exhibiting an unequaled work ethic, often working 7 days a week, at the same company for 38 years. This fund was established to carry on his value of education. He believed that all young adults should participate in extra-curricular activities in or outside of school while focusing on education. Most of all, Ron McDaniel believed education was the key to success. Scholarships in memory of Ron will be awarded to graduating seniors who have participated in high school athletics and are seeking educational opportunities in teaching/education. Eligible candidates shall be graduating seniors from any public school within the greater Battle Creek area who have participated in a minimum of one sport for at least two years of their high school career who will be seeking education at a 2 or 4 year college or university in the field of teaching/education. Graduating seniors must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater. Financial need may also be considered. Applicant should demonstrate active involvement in his/her high school and service to their community through one letter of recommendation from an educator, such as the athletic director, coach, teacher, or counselor. Preference will be given to applicants who participated in at least one sport on the varsity level.

 

Roosevelt Scholarship   "The Roosevelt Scholarship was established to honor teamwork and positive team dynamics as important skills for working successfully in corporate America and community organizations. The Roosevelts believe effective teamwork behaviors can provide young people with tools to accomplish greater achievements. Applicants are required to form a team of 3 eligible students and work to complete one team project assignment. The assignment is to create a proposal for a community project following the application instructions, all while leveraging teamwork. Working as a team is most often fun and rewarding, so give it a try! For candidate consideration, scholarship applicants must complete the assignment. One scholarship will be awarded annually with each member of the team receiving an award. Battle Creek area high school juniors and seniors, CACC, and home schooled students who reside in local district are eligible to apply.

 

Rosa Guzman Scholarship            This scholarship is for students who seek educational opportunities at the Dominican Seventh Day Adventist University in the Dominican Republic. Eligible applicants must be enrolled or accepted for admission at the Dominican Seventh Day Adventist University in the Dominican Republic. Residence in the Dominican Republic is not required although residents of the Dominican Republic will receive first priority as well as those who demonstrate financial need. Applicants must have achieved a minimum academic standard of a 3.0 GPA. While religious affiliation is not a criteria for selection, involvement in the community or a church is a favorable factor.

 

Russell Scott Hein Memorial Scholarship             Priority given to a graduating senior of Lakeview High School or graduating senior that has completed courses at the Calhoun Area Career Center (CACC). Financial need, work experience, appropriate activities, and satisfactory academic performance. A letter of recommendation by a counselor and essay titled. ‘Why the Scholarship is Needed’ is required.

 

Rusty Melges Memorial Scholarship      This scholarship was established in 1998 to provide scholarships to male graduating seniors from Battle Creek Public Schools 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.

 

S. Emmett Brown Scholarship    Eligible applicants are African American graduating seniors from a Battle Creek Public Schools high school who are also student athletes. Graduating seniors must have a GPA of 2.0 or greater. The applicant will have demonstrated service to their community, church and/or family and exhibit financial need.

 

Santo & Maria Zanetti Scholarship          The Santo Maria Zanetti was established for the purpose of providing scholarships to graduates or graduating seniors from the Battle Creek area who seek educational opportunities beyond high school. When asked about their motivation for establishing the fund, Santo replied, Battle Creek is a wonderful place to live. We felt we owed something to this community. This is where we made our living - this is where we should share. Eligible candidates are Battle Creek area graduating seniors or graduates who seek educational opportunities beyond high school. Students should demonstrate potential to succeed in the college curriculum to be pursued. Financial need, character and volunteer involvement will also be considered.

 

Satish Koneru Scholarship           Dr. Prasadaro and Lakshmi Koneru established this scholarship to honor their son, Satish Koneru, who died in 1985 at age 23. Satish was a graduate of Kimball High School in Royal Oak, Michigan. He attended Oakland University and was a student at Kellogg Community College. Satish is remembered as a considerate and compassionate young man who understood so much about his own life. Even during the most difficult moments of his illness, he was able to unselfishly reflect on the love of his family, expressing his thoughts to a friend who would pass them along after his death. Eligible applicants are graduating seniors with a physical limitation or disability from a Battle Creek area public high school with a minimum 3.0 GPA and financial need, who are pursuing educational opportunities at a (2) year or (4) year college or trade school anywhere in the United States. Considerations are: financial need, and demonstration of a desire to succeed and a strong motivation for achieving personal goals. Applicants completing a short essay about their physical limitation or disability will be given preference. Former recipients may reapply.

 

Schlatter Design Scholarship      The Schlatter Design Scholarship was created to honor Dicks lifetime of accomplishment in the graphic design and marketing world. Dick has won over 70 awards in the field of graphic design, including the American Advertising Associations (AAF) Silver Medal in 1984, and ArtPrize Public Vote Grand Prize in 2017. Eligible applicants are greater Battle Creek area high school graduating seniors and graduates who intend to major or complete a certificate in graphic art, or a closely related field. Selection criteria includes: Community service and financial need may be considered, along with one letter of recommendation from an instructor or professional working in the design field (required), and a portfolio of the applicants design work (recommended). Former recipients may reapply.

 

Scott E. Kinnisten Scholarship    The Scott E. Kinnisten Scholarship was established in 1992 by the parents, family, and friends of Scott Kinnisten. Scott was a 1985 graduate of Lakeview High School who participated on the varsity golf team and was selected to the All State Golf Team. He went on to Western Michigan University on a partial golf scholarship. Applicants must be a Battle Creek area public high school graduating senior who will be attending Western Michigan University, with preference to those applicants who have participated in golf or have distinguished themselves in the classroom. Eligible applicants must have a GPA of 3.2 or higher and an ACT score of 22 or more.

 

Segal Family Scholarship              This fund was established to honor the life work of Eli Segal, devoted father and grandfather. Mr. Segal was a professor of Media Communication and a media historian. He devoted his life to teaching students the art of communication and the joy of drama, radio and movies. This scholarship provides an avenue to continue his tradition of helping students achieve success. Eligible candidates must be residents of Calhoun County who are graduates or graduating seniors with a GPA of 2.5 or higher who are seeking educational opportunities beyond high school. If an applicant has a GPA below 2.5 upon graduation from high school, they must provide a written statement that outlines their plan for succeeding in college and overcoming obstacles. Selection will be based on the applicant(s) demonstrated leadership skills and involvement in their community as well as financial need.

 

Shelton C. Penn Memorial Scholarship     Those whose lives he positively touched through the years describe Judge Shelton Cosmo Penn as fair in the courtroom, kind, compassionate, understanding, and a good man who treated everyone with dignity and respect. Shelton C. Penn graduated from high school in 1942, attended Morehouse College, was drafted into the U.S. Army, serving from 1944-1946 and returned to Morehouse to graduate in 1948 (his schoolmate was Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.). Judge Penn graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 1951, set up a private practice in Battle Creek, Michigan and went on to an illustrious career in law that included chief assistant prosecuting attorney, civil rights hearing referee and chief judge of the 10th district court. This fund, established in memory of Judge Penn by his wife, Sadie Penn in 2009, is a testament to their belief in education and community. This fund was established for the purpose of providing scholarships to Calhoun County residents who are students entering the University of Michigan Law School to pursue a career in law. Eligible applicants shall be graduates or graduating seniors from Calhoun County private, public, parochial, charter school systems or home school. Graduate students must have at least the minimum required grade point average for acceptance into the University of Michigan Law School. The Shelton C. Penn Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to graduates or graduating seniors, who at the time the scholarship is awarded, are planning to attend the University of Michigan Law School. Considerations are the applicant(s) potential for academic success, service to their community, church involvement and evidence the applicant has been thoughtful and thorough in planning their life path/future.

 

Sherry Hill Memorial through Junior Achievement of S.W. Michigan Scholarship             Sherry Hill spent 5 years with Operation G.R.A.D. where she served as Program Director for Junior Achievement, but her involvement with the students was much greater than her role with Junior Achievement. Sherry became a voice for many of the students and a sounding board for those students who needed a listening ear and a shoulder to lean on. This scholarship was established to honor her memory and her contributions to the Battle Creek Community on behalf of young people. Eligible candidates are graduates or graduating seniors from an alternative high school within a Junior Achievement of Southwest Michigan service area who have obtained a diploma, G.E.D., or its equivalent. Preference may be given to candidates with involvement in Junior Achievement, and those who have persevered and overcame obstacles by attending an alternative education program that provides an opportunity for student success that is not provided through a typical high school educational program.

 

Sid Maddox Memorial Nursing Scholarship         Mary Helen Maddox was a Registered Nurse for over 30 years and worked for over 25 years at Battle Creek Heath Systems before retiring in 1997 due to illness. Doctors, associates, and patients all recognized her as an outstanding nurse... compassionate, dedicated, and knowledgeable, as well as being a special, gentle, caring person. Her family, friends and associates established this scholarship in her honor. Eligible applicants include Battle Creek area high school graduating seniors or graduates planning to pursue a nursing degree, with applicants attending Kellogg Community College in their second year of the nursing program receiving first preference, and those attending the KCC Nursing Program receiving second preference. Selection Criteria: Evidence of desire to become a nurse, likelihood of potential for success, evidence of appropriate temperament as a nurse, compassionate in nature, satisfactory academic performance that may be defined as a 2.5 GPA or higher. Emphasis should remain on the candidates interest in returning to the Battle Creek community to live and work. Former recipients may reapply.

 

Spanninga Family Scholarship   This fund is the vision of a community member who worked his way through high school, community college, an undergraduate degree and a graduate degree. This strong work ethic, sheer will and determination was the inspiration behind the establishment of the Spanninga Family Scholarship, a fund created simply to help those who help themselves. This scholarship is for Kellogg Community College students who have completed all of the necessary requirements to transfer to a baccalaureate degree-granting institution as a full-time student. Eligible applicants must also have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and have displayed steady and consistent employment while pursuing their post-secondary dreams.

 

Staff Sergeant Joshua Throckmorton Memorial Scholarship        U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Joshua A. Throckmorton made the ultimate sacrifice for his country when he lost his life on Tuesday, July 5, 2011 in Afghanistan. This scholarship was established by his family as a lasting tribute and reminder to us all to live with integrity, respect for others and to embody the characteristics of a team player on and off the field. Eligible applicants are Battle Creek Public Schools graduating seniors and graduates who have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher pursuing studies through a 2-year or 4-year college, university, technical or trade school.  Preference may be given to graduating seniors who have played football for a minimum of two full seasons throughout their high school career, or applicants seeking a degree or certificate in culinary arts. Evidence of being a “well-rounded” student, a team player, leadership, and patriotism shall be considered. Note: It is the desire of the family that, like Josh, the recipient be a person of integrity who embodies the characteristics of a team player.  Former recipients may reapply.

 

 Stanley L. & Anne M. Lemanski Scholarship        The Lemanskis were a very warm and loving couple. The family has long been a supporter of Catholic education and the values of setting educational standards and achieving them. The Lemanski Scholarship recognizes and rewards academic merit and leadership abilities. Applicants must be St. Philip Catholic Central High School graduating seniors who have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applicants must display academic performance, academic merit, leadership abilities, and financial need.

 

Tad & Bonnie Randolph Scholarship       Tad and Bonnie Randolph were teachers in the Battle Creek Public Schools for many years. Bonnie taught Spanish at W.K. Kellogg, Southwestern, and Battle Creek Central High School. Tad was a Social Studies teacher at Southeastern, W.K. Kellogg, and Battle Creek Central High School. The Randolphs established this scholarship to encourage and support students who want to pursue educational opportunities after graduation from Battle Creek Central High School. Eligible applicants are graduating seniors from Battle Creek Public Schools, with preference given to those planning to pursue study in languages or social sciences (e.g.: Economics, history, sociology, etc.). The scholarship can be renewed for three additional years, for a total of four years per recipient as long as they remain in good standing with their institution.

 

Taffy Hernandez Memorial Scholarship                This fund was established for the purpose of providing scholarships to graduating seniors of Harper Creek High School who seek post-secondary educational opportunities at a 4-year college or university. Applicants must have strong community and job involvement. Selection will also be based on applicants GPA of 3.0 or higher and may be based on financial need.

 

The Bhan Family Scholarship      With a true demonstrated conviction to prevent what appears to be our nation's slipping position in the area of math and science, the Bhans created this scholarship to help us compete with other nations for many years to come. Eligible candidates for this scholarship are graduating seniors from any public or private school within the greater Battle Creek area who have a 3.0 GPA or greater and who seek educational opportunities beyond high school in a science-related field. Applicants must attend a four-year postsecondary institution within the state of Michigan. Considerations are: demonstration of potential to succeed in college curriculum to be pursued, active involvement in high school and service to the community.

 

Theodore N. Thomas Scholarship             Theodore N. Thomas, Mr. T. was a beloved and respected Principal of Lakeview High School for 32 years and symbolized honesty, responsibility, integrity and the importance of education in and out of the classroom. Eligible applicants are graduating seniors of Lakeview High School who exhibit leadership, perseverance, above average grades, perfect or near-perfect attendance, participation in extracurricular activities and financial need.

 

Thomas D. Frey Scholarship        This scholarship was established by Louis and Beverly Frey in honor of their son, Tom, a 1978 graduate of Pennfield schools. He graduated from the Michigan State University College of Engineering and worked at Texas Instruments until his untimely death in 1988. Eligible applicants are graduates or graduating seniors of Pennfield High School majoring in a mathematical, physical science, or natural science discipline at Michigan State University. Considerations are: academic performance, motivation and character. Applicants pursuing a career in engineering may receive preference. If all other criteria are equal, financial need may be considered. Former recipients may reapply.

 

Thomas H. Elliott Scholarship    Thomas H. Elliott spent his early life in Pennsylvania, leaving school to work in the coal mines after the 8th grade. He moved to Battle Creek at the age of 23 and worked for the Kellogg Company for 41 years. It is intended that this scholarship be awarded to applicants who demonstrate a strong work ethic and high moral character exemplified by the life of Thomas Elliott. Eligibility criteria: Calhoun County high school graduating senior with a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Preference will be given to applicants who plan to attend one of the following institutions in the order listed: Albion College, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, other institutions.

 

Thomas R. Shaw Scholarship      This scholarship is intended for graduating seniors of Battle Creek area public schools or Bellevue High School. Likewise, students already enrolled in college at the University of Michigan, Central Michigan University, or Wayne State University are also eligible. There will be special consideration for students accepted to Wayne State University Department of Mortuary Science Program. Financial need must be consiered and a strong preferene given to students who receive little to no other scholarships.  Community involvement aned evidence of potential to succeed in post-secondary education should also be considered.  GPA will NOT be considered.

 

Todd M. Newman Memorial Scholarship     This scholarship was created to honor the memory of Todd Newman, a lifelong resident of Battle Creek and retiree of DENSO Manufacturing. Todd is remembered for his integrity, strong work ethic, and leadership qualities; special consideration will be given to applicants who display these attributes. Eligible applicants are Calhoun County, MI resident adults who have obtained a high school diploma or equivalent. Applicants will be considered in the following priority order: 1) adults wanting to return to college, 2) adults currently enrolled in college going into their junior level credit hours or above. Former recipients may reapply.

 

Tom Danna Memorial Scholarship           Tom Danna graduated from Battle Creek Public Schools, then went to earn a Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University, and a Master’s degree in counseling from Northern Michigan University. To became a high school counselor and football coach for many years, and also had a second career as a college football coach. His daily interactions with students, both in the hallways and on the playing field, brought tremendous satisfaction to his life. He cherished his family and worked his entire life for their wellbeing. This scholarship is for graduating seniors and graduates of greater Battle Creek area public and private high schools who have a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Selection criteria are significant financial need paired with student drive to complete their education, as evidenced in the application and essay responses. All other considerations equal, students attending Hillsdale College may receive preference. Former recipients may reapply.

 

Ty Larson Fuller Scholarship   The Ty Larson Fuller Scholarship Fund was established for the purpose of providing scholarships to foster, adoptive, or kinship care youth in transition to adulthood (under the age of 26) pursuing studies in the professional (skilled) trades at Kellogg Community College.   Examples of these types of programs include, but are not limited to the following: electricity & electronics, HVAC-R, machining, pipe fitting, welding, etc.  Funds may be used for expenses incidental to attaining educational objectives, including, but not limited to: tuition, fees, books, housing, testing, transportation, equipment, etc.  

 

University of Michigan Scholarship         This scholarship is for graduates (of less than three years)or graduating seniors of any high school within Calhoun County as well as Bellevue, Olivet and Union City High Schools, who will attend the University of Michigan after graduation from a high school or a community college. Considerations will be: academic performance, economic need, character traits and values, employer or volunteer references, community involvement, review of essay, and agreement to attend at least one University of Michigan Club of Calhoun County function during the year following receipt of scholarship.

 

Urban League of Battle Creek Scholarship           The Urban League of Battle Creek is an affiliate of the National Urban League, a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities. The Urban League of Battle Creek is proud to support minority students from the Battle Creek area who are actively involved in the community and pursuing their academic goals. This is one way in which the Urban League is working to support the dreams of our youth. Eligible candidates must have a 2.5 GPA or higher, and display human rights/social service involvement. Please see the Urban League of Battle Creek Scholarship application for specific requirements or contact the Urban League directly.

 

Vosburg Scholarship           For Lawrence and Florence Vosburg, teaching was a way to impact lives for generations and they were excellent at it! Their love for being educators was infectious, The Vosburg Scholarship Fund will continue their legacy while emphasizing the importance of education beyond high school by offering scholarships to Lakeview High School graduates who have been accepted or are enrolled in their junior or senior year of undergraduate study. Eligible applicants must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Selection criteria includes: A combination of academic achievement, extracurricular activities, work history, and essay responses. Previous recipients may reapply for this scholarship opportunity.

 

W. James McQuiston Scholarship            This fund was established for the purpose of providing scholarships to Battle Creek Central High School students who seek educational opportunities beyond high school. Battle Creek Central Public Schools graduating seniors must have a history of positive volunteer involvement with the Battle Creek Public School system, where they have promoted the school system in a positive light and exercised positive leadership skills. Academic potential will also be considered.

 

W. K. Kellogg High School Alumni Association Scholarship              This scholarship provides funds to descendants of W.K. Kellogg High School graduates who seek educational opportunities beyond high school. Eligible applicants will have completed one year of college, or if attending a trade school, the scholarship may be applied to the first year. Recipients must be direct descendants of W. K. Kellogg High School alumni.  Scholarship applications are available through members of the W. K. Kellogg High School Alumni Association.

 

Walt & Jackie Redmond Scholarship      Walter and Jackie Redmond made a generous contribution to the Battle Creek Community Foundation to be used for scholarships to graduates of the high schools in the greater Battle Creek area who are seeking an education beyond high school. Eligible applicants will be Battle Creek area high school graduates and graduating seniors. Involvement in Junior Achievement considered as a favorable factor. Selection criteria: financial need, academic performance, and motivation. Special consideration will be given to students who loses a parent while they are in college resulting in a need for financial assistance to continue.

 

Walter F. & Dorothy A. Morris Family Scholarship           Dorothy Morris' surprise 80th birthday party included much more than birthday greetings and well wishes, the occasion marked the establishment of the Walter F. & Dorothy A Morris Family Scholarship Fund to continue the family legacy of scholarship and philanthropy. Eligible candidates include graduates or graduating seniors who are single parents, are enrolled or intending to enroll at Kellogg Community College, and have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Financial need may also be considered. Applicants must also complete and additional essay to be considered.

 

William E. Boards, Jr. Scholarship            William E. Boards, Jr. offered his time, talent and support to help build a better community throughout his career as an educator, businessman, and community leader. This scholarship was established as a tribute to William E. Boards Jr.s accomplishments and support of the educational goals of others who reflect his values in caring for others. Eligible recipients will be minorities that are graduating seniors of Battle Creek area public high schools, or non-traditional college students residing within the Battle Creek area who have been living independently from their parents. While financial need will be considered, recipients (both graduating seniors and non-traditional college students) will have portrayed the values of William E. Boards, Jr. which include: education, individuals needing a chance or helping hand  to develop their full potential; and service, having demonstrated service to, or caring for others (within family, neighborhood, church, etc.). Consideration will be given to individuals who have demonstrated that they are making a positive change in the direction of their life. Graduating seniors must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

 

William G. & Marion E. Stuckle Scholarship        William Stuckle and his wife, Marion, long recognized the importance of encouraging individuals in selecting nursing as a profession in our society, and the need for constant update in their training. Marion Stuckle was a Red Cross volunteer and William was a retired local businessman who resided in Battle Creek. Eligible applicants are Battle Creek area high school graduating seniors, residents, or individuals employed in Calhoun County that are pursuing study in a nursing care-related field. Nursing care-related fields are meant to include, but are not limited to: registered nurses, practical nurses, specialty training, certification programs, nursing administration, and nurse’s aide ;Character and academic performance are selection criteria for this scholarship.

 

William J. & Patricia E. (Patti) Lingenberg Scholarship   As graduates of the University of Southern California, Patti and Jack Lingenberg appreciated the lifetime value of a good education. In honor, their daughters, Christy Halbert and Kathy Riddell, have established this fund to honor their parents' long time commitment to the Battle Creek community, and to make continuing education opportunities possible for worthy Battle Creek high school graduates. Eligible applicants include Battle Creek area public high school and St. Philip High School graduating seniors (other private, charter, and home school seniors are not eligible). Preference will be given to a student planning to attend the University of Southern California. If there are no candidates attending this institution, admission to any other 4-year college or university will qualify students. Eligible applicants must have a 3.0 GPA or higher, but once the minimum criteria is met, GPA will not be the deciding factor amongst qualified applicants. Applicant experiences and accomplishments should be considered as a whole. Selection criteria: Some financial need, being well-rounded through involvement in differing types of activities, and having demonstrated leadership.

 

Wolf Family Scholarship              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 applicants shall be 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 the award for one year. Recipients must maintain a 2.0 GPA, as verified through a Kellogg Community College transcript, to receive the renewable award.

 

Youth Alliance Committee - Russell G. & Ruth E. Mawby Honorary Scholarship     In 1995, the renaming of the Youth Alliance Committee Scholarship recognized Dr. Russell G. and Ruth E. Mawby’s dedication and commitment to the youth of our community. Like the honorees, the Youth Alliance Committee members are dedicated to improving the quality of life of their fellow youth in the Battle Creek Community. Applicants are to be Battle Creek area high school graduating seniors with a commitment to community, participation in activities that help or serve others, and active involvement in the community. Financial need is not criteria for this award.

 

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