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Monday, February 19, 2018
Scholarship applications are available at the Berrien Community Foundation and this year brings four new scholarships to the table to help students. The Rodney Weir Scholarship for Coloma Marching Band, The SW MI Human Trafficking Task Force Scholarship, Trefz Family Scholarship, and the Frederick S. Upton Foundation Opportunity Scholarship are the new scholarship programs that have been added to the stable of scholarships administered by the Berrien Community Foundation. “Through the generosity of donors in our community, the BCF scholarship...
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Starting with the first grant deadline on March 31, the Berrien Community Foundation will open applications for the new “For Good” Grants. Organizations serving Berrien County will have two opportunities each year to apply for funding for the programs and projects serving our community with a total of up to $250,000 being awarded each year. The “For Good’ Grants are made possible by the BCF For Good Community Endowment. “When donors support the For Good Community Endowment they are supporting non-profit organizations throughout Berrien County...
Thursday, September 21, 2017
  The Berrien Community Foundation revealed a new logo at its 2017 annual meeting.   “Even after 65 years, what sets us apart - the core of what we do - remains the same as the idea that our founders had 65 years ago when they met and founded the Berrien Community Foundation at Holly’s Restaurant in Benton Harbor” said Berrien Community Foundation President Lisa Cripps-Downey. “It is the idea of For Good. For Ever. Through endowments, we are creating lasting resources that help us love Berrien County forever.”   The new logo symbolizes For...
Thursday, September 21, 2017
  The Readiness Center in Benton Harbor is the recipient of the $50,000 Stephen E. Upton Love Your Community Grant through the Berrien Community Foundation. The award was announced Wednesday evening at the 65th Annual Meeting and Celebration of the Berrien Community Foundation.   “I can’t believe we got this,” said Readiness Center Director Sister Paulita Walters. “This will help us to continue on. When I started this, I asked for a grant for $2,000. It’s always been hard for me to ask but it just shows the generosity of this community.”   The...
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Students all over Berrien County who need help paying for college will have the opportunity to apply for a scholarship through the newly-established Trefz Family Scholarship Fund. The Berrien Community Foundation announced a $500,000 estate gift that established the fund at the 2017 Annual Meeting & Celebration Wednesday evening at the Heritage Museum & Cultural Center.   “This is such a great story of how Josephine Trefz took the opportunity to care for this community and provide something that she wanted to have – a college education...
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
When Rodney Weir graduated from Coloma High School in 1988 and headed to the University of Michigan, he didn’t know he would end up on national television leading the University of Michigan Marching Band as the drum major for two years. Coloma High School band members also didn’t know they would end up as the beneficiaries of his experience through the creation of the Rodney Weir Scholarship for Coloma Marching Band at the Berrien Community Foundation. Weir’s experiences with the bands at Coloma and University of Michigan helped him to learn...
Friday, February 24, 2017
  The Berrien Community Foundation is the home of several funding sources for area non-profit organizations. But sometimes the number of deadlines and opportunities can get confusing. To help clear up the process and keep Berrien County non-profit organizations informed, Berrien Community Foundation is offering a series of five meetings to provide information on funding opportunities and answer questions. The meetings are being held throughout Berrien County and non-profit representatives can attend whatever meeting is the most convenient for...
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
  A tragic loss for a Berrien County family is being turned into a gift to the community in the form of the David A. Hicks Scholarship for the Arts at the Berrien Community Foundation.   When David Hicks was just 13 years old, his life was forever changed when he was diagnosed with a rare and difficult form of cancer called Ewing’s Sarcoma. His right leg was amputated below the knee. He fought hard and beat the cancer and lived the life of a normal teenager at River Valley High School. David loved wrestling, video games, friends, family, and...
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
At the Berrien Community Foundation, 2017 offers two new scholarship programs for students returning to college along with many opportunities for high school seniors. All applications are available for download at www.berriencommunity.org/scholar. The newest scholarship is the Felland Scholarship, established by Judy Felland to serve women in transition. Realizing the difficulties some women face as they try to return to school while working and raising a family, Felland created the scholarship to encourage them to keep trying to improve their...
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
  “I’m shocked. I just can’t believe it...I feel so rich!” Those were Olga’s words when she unwrapped the beautifully wrapped care package BCF volunteers assembled for distribution to some of our community’s most vulnerable senior citizens.    In November, 40 BCF volunteers helped assemble the 300 care packages that would be distributed by the Area Agency on Aging to low-income seniors who are fighting to remain in their own homes. The packages were filled with items such as winter gloves, lotion, soaps and shampoo, and a little candy. Each...

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