Special Assistance Scholarships

Ronald M. Smith Carpenter Apprenticeship Fund

Ronald M. Smith had an affinity for the support of apprenticeship programs. A carpenter himself, Ron completed his Carpenter Apprenticeship at Kellogg Community College in 1968. Ron was employed from 1967 - 1982 for G.O. Lewis Company as a  carpenter and a member of Carpenters Local 874. Ron was a construction supervisor for numerous local Battle Creek projects including McKinley School, Willard Library, and Kellogg Community College. His final project was the McQuiston Learning  Center at Battle Creek Central High School. In 1982 Ron became the manager of United States Lumber Company and in 1985 he purchased the company from Beulah Kendall. He remained President of the US Lumber Co. until his retirement in 2015, when he sold the business to his son and daughter-in-law Bryan and Jolynn Smith. 




Leonard L. White Scholarship

The Leonard L. White scholarship provides assistance for basic and/or emergency needs in order to support a student’s positive development. This scholarship is for students 5th through the 12th grades attending a public or private school in the school districts contingent to and within the City of Battle Creek. Applicants must exhibit financial need for assistance and apply through their school counselor.

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Staff Sargent Michael A. Dickinson II Memorial Scholarship  

Michael was born and raised in Battle Creek. He attended Post School, K-6th grade, he then went to Harper Creek Schools and graduated in 1998. At an early age he decided that he wanted to follow in his Grandfather’s footsteps and join the Army. At age 17, he joined the delayed entry program. He left for basic training one week after graduation. Michael was a dedicated and commited young man who believed in his Country and in preserving the freedoms that we enjoy. Michael was a member of A Company, 9th Battalion, 4th Psychological Operations Group (Airborne). He was also a jumpmaster. Michael was a respected leader who truly lived his life according to the Non-Commissioned Officers Creed. He believed it was his duty to make sure his men all came home, and they always did.SSG. Michael A. Dickinson II served 1 tour in Kosovo, 2 tours in Afghanistan and was in his 2nd tour in Iraq, 9 days before he was to leave. On his last mission he was killed in action by a sniper in Ramadi.

The SSG. Michael A. Dickinson II Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to continue the legacy of Michael’s commitment of selfless service. The goal is to preserve his memory while also helping at-risk children ages 5-18 by affording them the experience of a summer camp. It is with this belief, that the experience will allow these children a chance to explore their talents and interests in a positive atmosphere as well as the opportunity to participate in wholesome activites that will help them find a positive life path.

To apply for this scholarship, please complete the application below and send to Scholarships at the Battle Creek Community Foundation. If you would like to donate to this fund, please go to the top of this page and select the “Donate Now” button for online giving or call us at 269-962-2181.



David Scott Turner Memorial Vocal Music Award Scholarship

This scholarship was established to provide vocal music lessons to 8th and 9th grade students at Battle Creek Public Schools and Lakeview School District.  The scholarship may be used for, but not limited to, the following examples: voice lessons offered through a private instructor or college such as Kellogg Community College; or towards attending Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Interlochen, the Music Center of South Central Michigan, and/or other music programs and institutions. Criteria includes students that exhibit interest and love of music, are continually working to better themselves, are dedicated to their musical group, and are making an effort to be a team member. Candidates do not need to be making a career in vocal music. This scholarship will be awarded each trimester, however applications will be accepted on a rolling basis; please contact our offices for upcoming awarding dates. 




Robert & Eleanor DeVries Professional Advancement Scholarship for Binder Park Zoo

In the summer of 2016, Robert and Eleanor DeVries' long standing and generous support of the Binder Park Zoo led to the establishment of the Robert and Eleanor DeVries Professional Advancement Fund for Binder Park Zoo.  Its formation positions Binder Park Zoo as a leading research and educational zoo, aligning full time professionals with endless opportunities both individually and for the Zoo overall.



AAUW Fund for Women in Non-Traditional Careers

Established in 2017, the Battle Creek Branch of the American Association of University Women voted to be purposeful in supporting women entering the workforce in nontraditional occupations readily available in the geographic area covered by the Calhoun Intermediate School District.  However, there's a low number of trained individuals, especially women, to fill those positions.  The AAUW Fund for Women in Non-Traditional Careers is designed to provide educational supplemental assistance to women with things such as books, supplies, tools, licensing, journeyman's card, testing expenses, certifications, etc.  The branch feels those who obtain the training they need and possess a solid work ethic will be readily employed.  Eligible candidates include: Women, 16 years of age and above (exceptions to minimum age may be considered on a case-by-case basis), who live in or attend a high school, college, university, or certified training program in the Calhoun Intermediate School District geographical area and are pursuing a nontraditional (or male-dominated) occupation.  Selection criteria includes an evaluation of responses to application questions and an indication of characteristics such as strong work ethic, reliability, dedication, emphasis on quality of work, advanced preparation, integrity, dependability, sense of teamwork, discipline and professionalism.The award amount may cover up to 75% of the cost. Former recipients may reapply.



F.A.M.E. (Families Against Murder/For Equal Justice) Scholarship Fund

This scholarship is to provide assistance to children and/or grandchildren of victims of unsolved homicides in the state of Michigan.  These scholarships can be for diverse needs such as counseling services, clothing, tutorial or other health & educational related services to support a healthy recovery lifestyle (usually not to exceed $100).  Applicants must be of school age (up to 18 years in age.)  Scholarships may be provided to eligible families who reside in Battle Creek.

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