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BCF Scholarships:  “Linking to the Future

 

 

The Berrien Community Foundation is honored to play a part in rewarding our communities’ young people through scholarships. It is also an honor to work with the donors who see the lasting value of an investment in education. All donors and students play an integral part in reaching out to positively to link to the future of our communities.

 

Although we are celebrating over 60 years of service to the County, it wasn’t until 1996 when John and Dede Howard came to the Foundation to help fulfill their desire to encourage young people to continue with their formal education in the music field. Without knowing it, John and Dede planted a small seed that has become a beautiful tree with many branches. Today we have 22 active Scholarship Funds with several programs. In 2013, over $100,000 in scholarships were awarded to Berrien County students.

 

 

Drs. John and Dede Howard, first donors to establish a scholarship fund

 

Scholarships serve so many people in so many ways. A scholarship can be the difference between going to school and having to take a year off to work and save. A scholarship can prevent the burden of funding a college education from falling fully on a family’s shoulders. Berrien County reaps the benefit of scholarships through young people gaining the opportunity to train their minds and be better equipped to become our leaders.

 

The Foundation sent out scholarship applications by email to the various schools listed below by February 1 of each year and posted them on this web page through March 7.

 

Applications were due March 7, 2014

 

2014 scholarship recipients will be determined by the first week of May.

Recipient names will be posted on this web at that time.

Guidance offices will be notified at the same time.

 

Recipients will be informed by mail in late June/early July on

what information they need to supply to have the Foundation provide the scholarship check directly to the college or university.

 

Checks are released to the college or university by mid September,

if the information requested is provided timely

 

Please contact Sandra Tardi, CPA, Finance/Program Director, 269-983-3304, ext. 3 or SandraTardi@BerrienCommunity.org, for questions

 

EDNA BENDER SCHOLARSHIP: Established in 2000, this scholarship supports Berrien Springs High School students pursuing careers in business anywhere in the U.S. Mrs. Bender, a long-time business teacher at Berrien Springs High School, purchased a share of AT&T stock in 1956 as a lesson for the students. Through her years of teaching she purchased a total of 200 shares of stock. The stocks’ growth allowed for this wonderful scholarship.

 

BRYCE BOOTHBY FAMILY SCHOLARSHIPThis scholarship was established by Bryce Boothby who is a proud graduate of the Benton Harbor High School. Additionally, many of his family members graduated from Lake Michigan Catholic High School. Criteria include:  2.5 or above GPA, Benton Harbor or Lake Michigan Catholic High School graduating senior, some involvement in volunteer/community activities, and for use at a U.S. vocational technical/institute school (e.g., cosmetology school) or a college/university (2-4 year schools) of choice anywhere for tuition, books, fees, and other costs, but not for room and board. The first scholarships was awarded in 2005.

 

2013 Bryce Boothby Family Scholarship Recipients

Ella Deaton (l) and Kaliyah Drake (r) with Bryce Boothby (center)

 

 

JEFFREY EVAN DEMKO SCHOLARSHIP: This scholarship was established by the Dr. Jeffrey Demko and Margaret Mills Family and friends in honor of Jeffrey Evan Demko. Jeffrey Evan was an incredible student athlete leader who believed that it was as important to cheer a team as it was to be a team player. He was a true EAGLE at Bridgman High School who is missed by all who knew and loved him. This nonrenewable scholarship is awarded based on the following criteria:  2.5 or above GPA, Bridgman High School graduating senior, a student athlete leader with the traits of an EAGLE (Education, Athletics, Good Citizenship, Leadership, Excellence). This scholarship may be used at a vocational technical/ institute school or college/university (2-4 year schools) of choice anywhere in the U.S. for tuition, books, fees, and other costs related to attending, but not for room and board.

DREWS SCHOLARIn honor of Mr. & Mrs. R. A. Drews'  leadership, persistence, and positive reinforcement given to their children, the Drews Scholar Fund was established in 2004. This scholarship is available to Lakeshore High School graduating seniors planning to attend a prestigious in or out of state U.S.  college/university (Big Ten caliber or higher) and who demonstrate the highest level of personal expectations in their college and professional careers. The first scholarship was awarded in 2005. For more about this remarkable family, click on the Drews Story (pdf file).

JAMESON MATTHEW GARGANO MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP Charles and Nancy Gargano created a fund in loving memory of their son Jameson Matthew Gargano. Caring family and friends raised dollars for this fund through several community activities, an outpouring of love from our community for a boy who was diagnosed with cancer. In 1996, 14-year-old Jay Gargano lost his battle but before he died, this brave young man told his family "don’t forget the children." The Jameson Matthew Gargano Memorial Youth Fund, an endowment fund, was established on April 4, 1997. The first scholarships were awarded in 1999 to two seniors in Jay’s graduating class, a fitting tribute to Jay. A scholarship is awarded each year to a graduating Lakeshore High School senior in Jay’s honor.

Jameson (Jay) Matthew Gargano

 

THE HEART OF COOK SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM Established in 2003, this  scholarship is to encourage the high school students of Berrien County to explore and excel in the areas of engineering, math, science, and other technical disciplines, and to provide scholarship support for pursuing those technical goals (all 18 schools in Berrien County).

 

2013 Heart of Cook recipients (l to r):  John Golob, Jack Hardman, Grace Cravens,

and Kevin Green with Kathryn Wozniak, Heart of Cook Representative 

                           

jon jollay scholarshipThe Jon Jollay Scholarship was established in 1988 to enhance the post secondary education of a Coloma High School graduate. The scholarship is given to a graduating student who shows excellence in citizenship, scholarship, and all around accomplishments.  This nonrenewable scholarship is awarded to a graduating Coloma High School senior. The recipient must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher and involvement in volunteer/community activities. The scholarship may be used at any U.S. vocational/technical institute school, or a college/university (2-4 year schools) of choice for tuition, books, but not room and board.

 

SONDRA J. KAMINSKI SCHOLARSHIP:  This scholarship was established by Sondra J. and Kenneth W. Kaminski. It is in honor of Sondra. They would like to give back to this community through this scholarship program. This is a nonrenewable scholarship of $2,500 for individuals meeting the following criteria: 3.0 or above GPA, a Lake Michigan Catholic High School or St. Joseph High School graduating senior, financial need, volunteer/community activities involvement, and good citizenship. This scholarship is to be used at Western Michigan University (preferred, any campus; but can be used at other 4-year colleges/universities) for tuition, books, fees, and other costs related to attending, but not for room and board.

 

LEONARD & MARION KRALL FAMILY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP:  This scholarship was established by Thomas and Pamela Leonard to honor Pam's parents C. Leonard and Marion Krall. Marion was an English teacher at Watervliet High School, and Leonard was a local fruit farmer and a great supporter of the high school athletic department. This nonrenewable scholarship is awarded based on the following criteria:  2.5 or above GPA, a Watervliet High School graduating senior, volunteer/community activities involvement, and good citizenship.  Priority is given to an outstanding Watervliet High School English student who is planning on entering the field of education and/or an outstanding Watervliet High School athlete planning to be a teacher or coach. This scholarship is to be used at any U.S. college/university (2-4 year schools) of choice for tuition, books, fees, and other costs related to attending, but not for room and board.

 

LORA WILE-MILLER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP: On April 22, 1997, the world lost an outstanding teacher, a wonderful person, a loving wife, daughter, sister, and a special friend. To honor Lora, her family established the Lora Wile Miller Memorial Scholarship to assist a college freshman with a preference for those interested in becoming an elementary teacher. This scholarship is at Lakeshore Schools and Kent, Washington Schools. Applications are available at the Lakeshore High School (here) and Kent, Washington in 2014 (counselor office).

 

TERENCE JOSEPH MULVIHILL SCHOLARSHIP This scholarship is in loving memory of Terence Joseph Mulvihill who passed away November 18, 2000. Terry was always of kind spirit, with a generous manner and unbelievable curiosity in people he encountered throughout his life. For many years, he called New Buffalo home and made his presence known through his kindness and interest in the community. Many of the youth of New Buffalo were fortunate to know Mr. Mulvihill. He always made a point of learning about them, their desires and interests and  encouraged them to strive to achieve their goals and those desires. The Terence Joseph Mulvihill Scholarship sustains those traits by offering annual scholarships to graduates of New Buffalo High School and assures that his spirit of generosity will endure for future generations. 

 

Jan Adamec, 2013 Mulvihill recipients Tom Bartelmay, Anna Graff,

and Sam Bartelmay, with Candice Johnson (l to r) 

                           

Carol A. Oehlhaffen lake michigan catholic scholarThis scholarship was established by Carol A. Oehlhaffen to honor deserving students at Lake Michigan Catholic. Criteria, arranged in priority order, for this scholarship include:  3.0 or above GPA, Lake Michigan Catholic High School graduating senior, career goal in profession related to elementary and/or special education, nursing, or occupational therapy preferred, some involvement in volunteer/community & church activities (e.g., Christian Service projects, student government, athletics), and for use at a U.S. college/university of choice anywhere for tuition, books, fees, and other costs, but not for room and board.

 

CORA B. PARKHURST MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPThe Cora B. Parkhurst Memorial Scholarship rewards students from Berrien Springs High School who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, and community involvement. This scholarship is renewable for 4 years, making a major impact on the lives of the student recipients.

THE ARLENE B. PORRITT MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FOR CURIOUS KIDSThis scholarship was established in loving memory of Arlene B. Porritt, who passed away in May 2005. Dedication to her family, community, friendships, and her commitment to higher education led to the formation of this living remembrance. Mrs. Porritt was an outstanding educator before retiring from the classroom to start her family. She and her husband, Dr. John L. Porritt, and their five children moved to St. Joseph in 1964, becoming valued members of our community. She spent the next 41 years raising her family, teaching the life-long lessons of family unity and love. Nana, as she was affectionately known, touched the lives and hearts of her 15 grandchildren dearly. One of her favorite outings with her grandchildren was visiting Curious Kids' Museum, a place of learning and wonder for the entire family.  There she felt great satisfaction in seeing her grandchildren’s inquisitive minds at work.  The Porritt Family, along with dear friends, established this scholarship to acknowledge and enrich the educational experiences of those St. Joseph High School students who volunteer and/or are employed at Curious Kids' Museum. The Arlene B. Porritt Memorial Scholarship for Curious Kids thus is a legacy combining her special love for family, children, and the irreplaceable value of education.

The scholarship is available to a St. Joseph High School graduating senior who has 1) volunteered and/or been employed at the Curious Kids' Museum a TOTAL of 10 hours from the time period of 8th grade to mid 12th grade (i.e., the December of the year prior to applying for the scholarship. For example, if applying in 2014, it would be through December 2013), 2) has a 3.0 or higher GPA, and 3) has a strong sense of community as evidenced by additional volunteer activities. This scholarship is to be used to further the education of a deserving student scholar and may be used at a U.S. college/university (2-4 years) of choice anywhere for tuition, books, fees, and other costs related to attending but not for room or board.The first scholarship was awarded in 2006. For Arlene B. Porritt's beautiful story, click on Arlene's Story (pdf file).

Arlene B. Porritt

 

Terry Richcreek Memorial Scholarship: Terry Richcreek loved the game of golf. To honor his love of this sport, a dear friend established this scholarship in his memory. The scholarship is awarded each year to a Watervliet High School student who shares Mr. Richcreek’s love and respect for the game and who exhibits true sportsmanship in their play. Applications are available at the Watervliet High School counseling office in 2014.

 

DON J. SAYAN/W. JACK & DR. NANETTE M. KEISER SCHOLARSHIPThis  scholarship was established by W. Jack and Nanette Keiser in memory of Nanette’s beloved grandfather, Don J. Sayan, a lifelong learner. Jack and Nanette are also first-generation college graduates who wish to assist others to obtain their dreams through education. Criteria, arranged in priority order, for this scholarship include:  2.5 or above GPA, New Buffalo High School graduating senior, and good citizenship. This scholarship may be used at a U.S. vocational technical/institute school or college/university (2-4 year schools) of choice for tuition, books, fees, and other costs, but not for room and board.

 

WELCH FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP-Benton Harbor & WELCH FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP-Lakeshore Established in 2004 by Fred & Sandy Welch, this program provides scholarships to graduating seniors from Lakeshore and Benton Harbor High Schools. The first scholarships was awarded in 2005.

 

The Benton Harbor Scholarship Criteria are:  Nonrenewable scholarship of $1,000 for a student with a GPA of 2.5 or above, a Benton Harbor High School graduating senior or recent Benton Harbor High School High School graduate (within the last 2 years, for example, 2012, 2013) attending Lake Michigan College, demonstrating financial need and having a good character and determination to succeed. This scholarship can be used at a U.S. college/university of choice (2-4 year program) anywhere for tuition, books, fees, and other costs related to attending but not room and board.

 

The Lakeshore Scholarship Criteria are:  Nonrenewable scholarship of $1,000 for a student with a GPA of 3.25 or above, a Lakeshore High School graduating senior, demonstrating financial need, having a good character and determination to succeed, and with a preference for an individual who has been accepted into a technical degree program. Preference will also be given to students entering the University of Michigan, although other colleges/universities will be considered. This scholarship can be used at a U.S. college/university of choice (4 year program, community college for first 2 years is acceptable) for tuition, books, fees, and other costs related to attending but not for room and board.

 

2013 Welch Family Scholarship recipients Andrew Lybbert (l) and

Troy Shoemaker (r) with Fred Welch (center) 

 

WAYNE K. WRIGHT SCHOLARSHIPA retired counselor at Berrien Springs High School, it only made sense that Wayne Wright would establish a scholarship to assist the same students he has worked with for so many years. The Wayne Wright Scholarship provides a  scholarship for a graduating Berrien Springs High School Senior who demonstrates leadership and a commitment to the community through volunteerism.

 

The Foundation sent out scholarship applications by email to the various schools listed below by February 1 of each year and posted them on this web page through March 7.

 

Applications were due March 7, 2014

 

2014 scholarship recipients will be determined by the first week of May.

Recipient names will be posted on this web at that time.

Guidance offices will be notified at the same time.

 

Recipients will be informed by mail in late June/early July on

what information they need to supply to have the Foundation provide the scholarship check directly to the college or university.

 

Checks are released to the college or university by mid September,

if the information requested is provided timely

 

 

Please contact (269) 983-3304, Scholarships, for more information

about the scholarships listed below.

 

College Level & Special Scholarships

DUNN SCHOLARSHIPEstablished by Ed Dunn in Jeanne Dunn's honor, this program provides scholarships to part-time or full-time undergraduate or graduate students demonstrating financial need. Eligible students are at least in their first year at Andrews University, Lake Michigan College, Southwestern Michigan College, or Western Michigan University-Berrien County campus and continuing at one of these schools in any field of study and have a 2.75 or better GPA.  Preference will be given to women in transition (e.g., returning to college after raising children, a divorce, or widowed with definite goals for the next steps in their lives). This scholarship can be used for tuition, books, fees, and other costs related to attending. The first scholarship was awarded in 2005.

2013 Dunn Scholarship Recipients Aubrey Perrone (l) and

Michel Moreno & sons (r) with Ed Dunn

 

DRS. JOHN E.N. & DEDE HOWARD INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP This scholarship was established to encourage young people with a gift for music and the drive to be a musician to continue with their formal educations. Established in 1996, this scholarship has made college possible for so many students and has helped train future musicians and instructors.

 

DRS. JOHN E.N. and Dede Howard Endowed Music Scholarships for Lake Michigan College:  These scholarships are for outstanding students studying instrumental music at Lake Michigan College and handled by that music department. 

 

Carol A. Oehlhaffen Youth in Philanthropy Scholarship: This scholarship awards students involved in TEAM (Teens Exhibiting Able Minds), the Berrien Community Foundation’s youth advisory committee. This scholarship is given to TEAM members who, like Carol Oehlhaffen, exemplify the values of philanthropy, leadership, and volunteerism.

 

SPECIAL SCHOLARSHIPS: Through the generosity of anonymous donors, additional scholarships are provided to students who applied under the Foundation's various scholarship programs.

 

Pictures provided by Richard Hellyer, Hellyer Photos

 

No new scholarship funds are being accepted at this time. However, there are several ways to

assist youth by providing grants to nonprofit organizations that have youth programs

 (e.g., family advised fund).

 

For more information, contact

Lisa Cripps-Downey, President

269-983-3486 or

LisaCrippsDowney@BerrienCommunity.org

 




Berrien Community Foundation
2900 South State Street, Suite 2 East
St. Joseph, MI 49085
Phone: 269.983.3304
Fax: 269.983.4939
Email: bcf@BerrienCommunity.org
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