Awarded Scholarships & Grants

MANISTIQUE – The Schoolcraft County Community Foundation Board of Directors approved six mini grants totaling $4,250 in its spring grant round on Nov. 12.

Awarded were three from the Kellogg Fund: $100 to our Youth Advisory Committee to buy food and snacks for its monthly meetings; $2,929 to the Manistique Area Schools Art Department to purchase a new pottery kiln; and $400 to the Emerald Elementary School fourth grade to purchase grade-level chapter books for the classroom’s library. SCCF also awarded two grants from the Unrestricted Fund: $200 to Good Neighbor Services to purchase bookcases for children’s books; and $365 to the Eva Burrell Animal Shelter to purchase a four-tier and a seven-tier tower for the shelter. The board also awarded $250 from the Arts and Culture Fund to the Lake Effect Community Arts to purchase advertising for the Dec. 13 program, “A Celebration of Manistique Artists: Past, Present and Future.”

In addition to 12 designated, or “donor advised,” funds, the community foundation may provide mini-grants from an unrestricted fund. The community foundation awards grants twice a year, in May and November. Deadlines for applications are March 31 and September 30 of each year. Applicants are asked to use the SCCF application form, which can be downloaded from our Facebook page or picked up at the Pioneer Tribune office.

Over the past decade, the foundation has given more than $150,000 to local organizations and individuals in grants and scholarships.

For more information on contributing to the Schoolcraft County Community Foundation or applying for a mini-grant, write to the foundation at P.O. Box 452, Manistique, MI 49854 or e-mail at sccommunityfoundation@gmail.com.

MANISTIQUE – The Schoolcraft County Community Foundation Board of Directors approved five mini grants totaling $3,447 in its spring grant round on May 7.

Approved were two Youth Advisory Council (YAC) recommendations to be paid from the Kellogg Fund: $300 to help students of the CTC Youth Involvement Workgroup to purchase suicide awareness items to distribute at a middle school/high school dance as part of the “Let Your Light Shine” Suicide Prevention Campaign and $1,000 to help construct a 50-foot by 50-foot concrete basketball court in the picnic area at Indian Lake State Park. The Friends of Indian Lake must provide proof of 501(c)(3) status and must obtain funding for the rest of the project from other sources before the grant will be released.

The board approved three additional grants: $1,225 from the Humane Society Fund to help the shelter pay for a spay and neuter program to fight pet overpopulation in the area; $422 from the Historical Society Fund to help pay for digital archiving of photographs and documents at the Schoolcraft County Historical Society; and $500 from the Kellogg Fund to help pay for speakers for a professional development conference that focuses on families dealing with a history of trauma as well as the people who work with them. That grant will also be released when the funding needs are met from other sources.

In addition to 12 designated, or “donor advised,” funds, the community foundation may provide mini-grants from an unrestricted fund. The community foundation awards grants twice a year, in May and November. Deadlines for applications are March 31 and September 30 of each year. Applicants are asked to use the SCCF application form, which can be downloaded from our Facebook page or picked up at the Pioneer Tribune office.

Over the past decade, the foundation has given more than $146,000 to local organizations and individuals in grants and scholarships.

For more information on contributing to the Schoolcraft County Community Foundation or applying for a mini-grant, write to the foundation at P.O. Box 452, Manistique, MI 49854 or e-mail at sccommunityfoundation@gmail.com.

SCCF awards Hughes, Prine scholarships 2018

The Schoolcraft County Community Foundation awarded its Robert Hughes Memorial Scholarship and Prine Scholarship at Honors Night ceremonies at Manistique High school.

The Robert C. Hughes Memorial Scholarship was established in 2007 by the Hughes family. Mr. Hughes owned and operated the Thistledowne Bed & Breakfast at Seul Choix near Gulliver. He was the Housing and Development Director for the University of Michigan until his retirement. He was a mentor to students throughout his career and was interested in people, travel, good wine, good food and the culinary arts.

Requirements for this grant include being a full-time student that has attended Manistique High School all four years, enrolled in a 4-year program at an institution within the state of Michigan and carry a minimum GPA of 3.5.

This year’s recipient, Anthony Lemaster, carries a GPA of 3.61, and will be attending Western Michigan University for a career as a Practicing Therapist. He has been a member of the National Honor Society, YETI and volunteered for other various community events. He is the son of Donald & Wanda LeMaster and was proudly recommended by Melissa Carlson-Schwartz. We are happy to award Anthony with a $500 Scholarship to pursue his college degree.

The second of our scholarships are from the PRINE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND.

The Prine Scholarship was established in 1998 in memory of Lillian & Ray Prine. Mr. Prine owned and operated a local sawmill, Manistique Dimension, from 1924 to 1950. The Prines maintained a summer home in the area even after retiring to Florida. They left much of their life savings to charities, Masonic organizations, churches and scholarship funds. From the generosity of Mr. & Mrs. Prine, the Community Foundation is able to award two grants from this fund.

Requirements for this grant include being a full-time student that has attended Manistique High School all four years, enrolled in a 4-year program at an institution within the state of Michigan and carry a GPA of 3.0 to 3.5.

Our first recipient is Ms. Jasmin Powell. Jasmin carries a GPA of 3.15 and has been accepted at Central Michigan University where she will start her college education in Musical Theatre or Acting. She has been active in YETI for 7 years, along with participating in Drama, Glee and band. Jasmin came highly recommended by Melissa Carlson-Schwartz and is the daughter of Amy Powell and Larry Powell. We are happy to award Jasmin with a $2,000 scholarship to pursue her college degree.

Our second recipient, Brianna Henderson, carries a GPA of 3.35 and has been accepted at Michigan State University where she will pursue an education in Graphic Design. Brianna has worked at The Grind Coffee House and has volunteered many hours with her local elementary school, Feeding America and the Reading Fair. She was recommended by Ms. Rachel Bommarito, principal at the Three Lakes Academy in Curtis. Brianna is the daughter of Melissa Streeter, and we are happy to award her a $2,000 scholarship to help with her college expenses.

Grants awarded on November 6, 2017

On Nov. 6, the community foundation approved two grants: Eva Burrell Animal Shelter was awarded $1,190 for its spay and neuter program. Funds came from the Humane Society Fund.

Steve Hooper, science teacher at Manistique area Schools, was awarded $600 to offset travel costs for 29 students to attend an Inland Seas Education Association field trip to Suttons Bay. Money came from the Kellogg Fund.

Spring 2017 Grant Awards, May 1

Five grant awards totaling $4,091
Three Youth Advisory Council recommendations from the Kellogg Fund:

$1,000 to the Schoolcraft County 4-H Fire Explorers Club to purchase safety apparel for students participating in the club;

$300 to the Manistique Merchants Association and Manistique Recreation Department to purchase water coolers and Little Tykes basketball sets for the Cedar Street Slam;

$1,400 to Manistique Area Schools The Grind Coffee House to purchase equipment for the student-run business.

Two Grant Committee Recommendations:

$1,000 to the Schoolcraft County Sheriff’s Department to help purchase equipment for the Life Tracker Program to come from the Unrestricted Fund;

$691 to the Manistique Senior Center to purchase t-shirts and jackets for center volunteers to come from the Senior Center Fund.

Scholarships Awarded May 1

The Matthew Villemure Memorial Scholarship, for $500, to Kyle Taylor, who will be studying welding at Bay College.

The Robert Hughes Memorial Scholarship, also for $500, to Taylor Holmberg, who will be taking a health care course at Northern Michigan University.

Two Prine Scholarships, one to Jade Dibble, who will study mathematics secondary education at NMU, and the other to Amanda Menominee who will study early childhood education at Lake Superior State University. Each scholarship is for $2,000.