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NCMCF Awards over $76,000

North Central Michigan Community Foundation Awards Over $76,000 in Scholarships

Sixty-four (64) students from Crawford, Ogemaw and Oscoda Counties are receiving scholarships through the North Central Michigan Community Foundation (NCMCF) this year.

“Students from NCMCF’s service area have received $76,025 in scholarships in 2020,” said Community Foundation Program Director Laurie Nugent. “Most of these awards are for the 2020-2021 academic year, and include 88 individual awards, including those from the West Branch-Rose City Educational Support Partnership and Oscoda County College Fund.”

“The Scholarship Review Committees have their work cut out for them every year, but this year was especially unique as we adapted to doing reviews a bit differently than past years,” said Nugent. “These students have so many demands placed on them in a very competitive atmosphere, and for many, the way their first semester of college looks will be much different than planned. The benefit of receiving a scholarship – no matter the size – can have a real impact on their future and helping them with their education.”

The Foundation’s Executive Director Patrick Heraghty says that behind each fund entrusted to the Community Foundation, including scholarship funds, is a legacy for the donor and a gift of promise to the next generation.

“It is only because people who care about our communities and those who live here chose to give back, that the Foundation was able to award these scholarships this year,” said Heraghty. “What an incredible gift it is for these students to be cared for in this way by generous people they may never even meet.”

One of the unique aspects of the NCMCF scholarship program is that many of its scholarships are not just determined by academic achievement. Each scholarship reflects the intentions of the donor, and in some cases, that means the emphasis is placed on student interests such as farming, a trade such as welding or plumbing, the arts, or healthcare. All area students planning to attend college are encouraged to apply for scholarships, regardless of whether they plan to attend a trade certification program, community college or a four-year university.

To see a full list of 2020 scholarship recipients, or to learn more about scholarship opportunities offered through NCMCF, visit ncmcf.org. Scholarships for the 2021 season for NCMCF will be open in early January.

The North Central Michigan Community Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization committed to providing people who care about the future of our area with unique and effective ways of supporting their community now, and for generations to come.

ESP Larry Bellor Memorial Scholarship
Hannah Wenkel
Emma Withers

ESP Crystal Bohlinger Memorial Scholarship
Grace Johnson

ESP Building Trades Scholarship
Jacob Rhine

ESP Jerry Bunch Golf Scholarship
Tyler Eedy

ESP Maxine Calvin Memorial Scholarship
Makenzie Rea

ESP Drs. Chris & Mary Chrysler West Branch Family Dentistry Scholarship
Macy Griffus

ESP Educational Support Partnership Scholarship
Brooke Hoydic
Jillian Stovall

ESP VFW Orren Fox Scholarship
Hannah Simmons

ESP Craig Funsch Ogemaw Heights High School Memorial Scholarship
Tyler Walters

ESP Reynold A. Gogarn Memorial Scholarship
Tyler Eedy
Nathan Fisher
Todd Frank
Jacob Grezeszak
Ivy Ingleson
Samantha Kartes
Ember Sappington
Benjamin Walby
Emma Withers
Brady Zettle

Grayling Kiwanis Club General Fund
Madison Hehir

ESP Griffin Beverage Scholarship
Alexis Berdan
Makenzie Rea

Sheryl Krantz Memorial Scholarship
Denna Cole
Samantha Yorton

ESP Irene McMinn Scholarship
Lauren Zaske

ESP Mercantile Bank of Michigan Scholarship
Nicole Zettel

ESP Ogemaw Heights Student Activities Scholarship
Mallory Meier

ESP Optimist Club of West Branch Education Scholarship
Alex Kennedy

ESP Orioles Forever West Branch High School Alumni Scholarship
Abigail Ahearne
Caleb Gleeson
Robert Griffin
Brianne Hines
Sara McKinney
Grace Nowakowski
Haven Riedel

Oscoda County College Scholarship
Nathan Alchin
Brendan DeFlorio
Nathaniel Eastman
Jaela Holberton
Grant Lietzke
Lexus Marsh
Phynix Rickett
Pete Socia
Austin Spies
Dawson Utley
Makayla Wiltse
Jaedyn Winton
Connor Wysocki

ESP Richard Pauley Memorial Scholarship
Brady Zettle

ESP Irene E. Peterson Scholarship
Anna Myers
Evan Prusinski
Kyler Schmitt

ESP Kristin Marie Provoast Memorial Scholarship
Morgan Barrett
Hannah Winters

ESP Tanya Lynn Reilly Memorial Scholarship
Olivia Dack
Kaylee Diaz
Macy Griffus

ESP Richard Riling Memorial Scholarship
Grace Johnson

ESP Bernice Ruh Scholarship
Nicole Zettel

St. Mary Church Scholarship/Our Lady of the Woods Shrine Scholarship
Brandon Banks
Thomas Galbraith
Lauren Kuffel
Emily Ladensack
Emily Mangutz
Autumn Neff

ESP Arthur E. and D. Jane Short Memorial Scholarship
Courtney Tolfree

ESP Cindy Short Memorial Scholarship
Courtney Tolfree

ESP Clarice L. Sperry Scholarship
Morgan Barrett

ESP Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Home Scholarship
Kaylee Diaz

ESP Chester Surline Memorial Scholarship
Haley Curtis

Sharon Sutton Memorial Scholarship
Jaedyn Winton

ESP John “Jack” G. Thompson Scholarship
Brooke Hoydic

Sheriff Kirk Alan Wakefield Memorial Scholarship
Vanessa Nielson

ESP Willard & Irvadene Wangler Scholarship
Olivia Dack

ESP Lee H. Ward Memorial Scholarship
Haley Curtis

West Branch Kiwanis Club Scholarship
Samantha Kartes
Brady Zettle

Whaley Steel Scholarship
Brendan DeFlorio
Jaela Holberton
Lexus Marsh
Phynix Rickett
Austin Spies
Makayla Wiltse
Connor Wysocki

ESP Daniel Wilber Memorial Scholarship
Jocelyn Jones

ESP Terry Zettel Memorial Scholarship
Tyler Walters

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