Scholarships Based on Financial Need

American Association of University Women ($2,000)

The American Association of University Women - Midland Branch Scholarships provide annual awards for higher education to women residing in Midland County. Two different scholarships are offered:

Graduating Senior Women - The successful applicant must graduate from a high school under the jurisdiction of the MCESA (Midland County Educational Service Agency) or be a Midland County resident graduating from high school in the year of the award. The applicant must be a female with a cumulative, unweighted 3.0 GPA or better.  The award is based on a combination of merit and need.  The essay for this scholarship should describe how this award will help the applicant attain her educational goals and her potential contribution to society.  It may include such topics as career choice and reasons for that choice, involvement in school and community activities plus any special needs to be considered.  Awardee must intend to pursue her education full time in the year following the award and be working toward a baccalaureate degree.  Please include the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) page of your completed FAFSA.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Woman in Transition:  This scholarship will be awarded to a Midland County woman who has had a delay or interruption in education beyond high school and who wishes to work toward a baccalaureate or higher degree.  Applicant could also already have a baccalaureate degree and be returning to college for re-education with a specific career goal in mind.  A "delay" is any amount of time beyond one year after completion of secondary education.  An "interruption" is equal to two full semester or more en route to a baccalaureate or higher degree.  The scholarship is based on a combination of merit, need, and potential contribution to society.  Please include the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) page of your completed FAFSA.  The essay for this scholarship should describe career goals, reasons for applying for this scholarship, activities or studies in the past five years and expand on potential contributions to society.  A previous recipient may reapply for a second year if a 3.0 cumulative GPA or better is achieved during the first year.  This award must be used in the academic year following the announcement of the recipient.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Susan Olney Cozat Endowed Scholarship Fund ($1,000)

Provides an annual scholarship award to single mothers pursuing a college education.  Successful applicants will be Midland or Gladwin County residents, will be single mothers who have underage children living with them, and will demonstrate financial need.  Previous recipients may reapply.

Zonta Club of Midland Endowed Scholarship Fund ($2,000)

Provides annual scholarship awards to women of all ages pursuing career goals that will positively impact the status of women.  The scholarships may be used at any post-secondary education institution.  The scholarships are for women re-entering the workforce or who are in the workforce going back to school.  Those entering vocational certification directly from high school will be considered as well.  Applicants must have been a Midland County resident for at least one year.  Previous recipients may reapply.  The successful applicant will have achieved at least a 2.5 GPA.  Preference will be given to women who have supported, and/or plan to support through their education, the advancement of women.  Award will be based on financial need, work/life skills, community service/extracurricular activities (depending on the situation of the applicant), GPA/GED, honors/awards, and references.

Maureen Wright King Endowed Scholarship Fund ($1,000)

Provides an annual scholarship award to a Midland or Gladwin County resident who did not finish traditional high school, but rather earned a GED.  Preference will be for students supporting themselves; financial need is a consideration.

Howard G. Swift, III Memorial Scholarship Fund ($2,000)

Provides an annual scholarship award to an individual who is looking for a "second chance" by seeking higher education.  Usually this person will be older than the typical college freshman, will have financial need, and will have experienced significant difficulties and/or hardships in their life.

Peele Family Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund ($2,000)

Provides an annual, nonrenewable scholarship to a student athlete who demonstrates financial need and who graduates from a high school in the city of Midland in the year of the award.

Corporal Casey P. Zylman Memorial Scholarship Fund ($500)

Provides an annual scholarship award to a graduating senior(s) of Coleman High School.  The applicant must have a 3.0 or higher grade point average and played a sport in all four years of high school.  The applicant must display leadership qualities such as being a member of the National Honor Society or holding a class officer position and display financial need.  Along with the application the applicant must also include an essay on their leadership qualities and how they qualify them for this scholarship.

O. James Clark Endowed Scholarship Fund ($1,000)

Provides an annual scholarship award to a Midland Public School graduate who is currently enrolled in college and is a junior or senior with preference given to those with financial need and a GPA of 3.0 or above.  The student must be studying a humanities field (language, art, social studies, etc.) and previous recipients may reapply.

Ernest R. and Martha E. Britton Memorial Fund ($2,500)

Provides up to two one-time awards of $2,500 for graduating seniors from a Midland County public high school.  Financial need may be considered when all other factors are equal.  The applicants must demonstrate leadership in service projects through school, scouting, church, etc., and participation in activities such as band, cheerleading, pom pom, Pep Club, etc.

Faith Endowment Fund ($1,500)

Assists with the cost of tuition, books and fees for Meridian High School graduates who have a financial need and wish to pursue studies at an accredited college or occupational program.

Christina J. Fisher Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund ($1,500)

Provides an annual scholarship award to a graduating high school senior who has been involved with the Midland County 4-H Horse Program.  A previous recipient of the award may reapply one time only.  The successful applicant will have achieved positive youth development in the area of horses, will have significant and active 4-H involvement, and will have demonstrated community service and financial need.

James F. and Mary R. Hopfensperger Endowed Art Scholarship Fund ($1,500)

Provides an annual scholarship to a graduating senior art student(s) in the Midland Public School system who will pursue an education in the visual arts, art education or design (including but not limited to interior, fashion or graphic design) degree at an institution of higher education.  The recipient must demonstrate financial need and be active in the community.  Grade point average is not a consideration for this scholarship.  Selection will be based on the application and a portfolio of art and/or design work.

Deputy Sheriff Earl C. Martindale Endowed Scholarship Fund

To provide an annual scholarship award to a first year student at Delta College police academy who is a Midland County High School graduate and has financial need.  Applicants should include in their essay why they want to become a law enforcement officer and how they hope to impact the lives of the citizens they serve.

James Ayre Memorial Scholarship Fund ($500)

Provides an annual scholarship to a Midland County resident who should demonstrate financial need and be pursuing a degree in business or real estate from one of the following colleges: Delta College, Northwood University, Central Michigan University, or Western Michigan University.  The recipient need not have been an above average or excellent student, but should show college potential as determined by school counselors.  Available to students pursuing either undergraduate or graduate degrees.

James T. Brooks Memorial Fine Arts Endowed Scholarship Fund ($1,000)

Provides an annual scholarship award to a graduating high school senior from Midland Public Schools.  The successful recipient will be pursuing a career in fine arts (music, visual arts, theater, dance, etc.) and will have demonstrated outstanding achievements in - and a passion for - the discipline.  Financial need will also be among the criteria.

John C. Eckhold III Endowed Scholarship Fund ($2,000)

Provides an annual scholarship award to a resident of Midland County who is either a graduating senior or current college student.  The successful recipient would demonstrate financial need, and would show how he/she is overcoming or has overcome a personal or family difficulty.  The successful recipient would also demonstrate a recent commitment to achieving academic success and would be driven to the pursuit of a service-oriented career, such as health/nursing/medicine, education, etc.

Elloweese Denise Freer Endowed Scholarship Fund ($1,500)

Provides an annual scholarship award(s) to either a graduating high school senior or current college student pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, or a graduate student pursuing a Master of Nurse Anesthesia, or a graduate student pursuing Veterinary Medicine.  The successful applicants will be Midland or Gladwin County residents, and will demonstrate both financial need and strong academics.

Christian T. and Margaret R. Goralski Endowed Scholarship Fund ($1,000)

Provides an annual scholarship to students who are graduating or have graduated from a Midland County High School.  Applicants will be majoring in science, engineering, mathematics, or accounting at an accredited college or university and maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or better.  The applicant must have achieved a 3.0 GPA in high school, be active in the community and their church, and demonstrate financial need.  While all criteria must be met, financial need should be a strong priority.  Previous recipients may reapply if they are full time students who are majoring in the above fields of study and have maintained at least a 3.0 GPA.

Stephen E. Gorman Memorial Fund ($2,000)

Provides an annual one-time scholarship to encourage a person less than 25 years old to attend a public college as a community student.  Financial need will be considered.

Harold and Francine Heinze Endowed Scholarship Fund ($1,500)

Provides an annual scholarship award to an individual graduating from a Midland County High School in the year of the award, or a previous recipient of the award. The preference will be given to those pursuing a degree in teaching, and the applicant must show financial need.

Elwood J. and Helen H. Hunemorder Family Endowed Scholarship Fund ($5,000)

Provides an annual scholarship award to a graduating senior from Bullock Creek High School, Midland High School, or H.H. Dow High School who has attended this high school for at least two years.  The applicant must have a 3.0 or higher GPA, display financial need, and must attend a state-supported four-year college or university in Michigan.

Connie Keicher Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund ($700)

Provides an annual scholarship award to a senior instrument music student of Midland High School who will be attending the University of Michigan.  The candidate must demonstrate dedication and enthusiasm to the music program.  Financial need will be a consideration.  Preference will be given to a wind or percussion student.

Laurence C. and Janet Glover Lang Endowed Scholarship Fund ($1,500)

Provides an annual scholarship award to a Midland County resident who is either a graduating high school senior or current college student in the year of the award, and whose field of study is pharmacy.  Financial need will be a consideration.

Loretta G. Lee Endowed Scholarship Fund ($1,500)

Provides an annual scholarship award to Midland County residents who have the objective of becoming a registered nurse.  Applicants should show financial need.

Albert T. and Margaret H. Maasberg Scholarship Fund ($1,500)

Provides an annual scholarship award to a high school senior to assist him/her in pursuing higher education.  For a resident of Midland County who is a high school senior having demonstrated academic accomplishment and financial need, who will be attending a Michigan four-year college or University.  Demonstrated community service is also desirable, but not required.  The scholarship may be renewable; that is, a student may reapply for this award in subsequent years if it was originally awarded to him/her as a senior in high school.

Midland Area Community Foundation Founders' Scholarship ($2,500)

The Midland Area Community Foundation FOUNDERS' Scholarship is an annual award that is intended to enable an individual with financial need to pursue occupational programs that may be completed in two years or less.  One scholarship will be available for a Midland County resident and one for a Gladwin County resident.  The term 'occupational education' includes, but is not limited to, such programs as welding, automotive mechanics, nursing, office skills, electronic repair and services, and residential construction.  These programs would normally require 60 credit hours or less.

Ira George and Virginia Z. Morrison Scholarship Fund ($3,000)

Provides an annual scholarship award to a high school senior to assist him/her in pursuing higher education.  The purpose of the fund is to finance a scholarship for a resident of Midland County who is a high school senior having demonstrated academic accomplishment and financial need.  The scholarship may be renewable; that is, a student may reapply for this award in subsequent years if it was originally awarded to him/her as a senior in high school.

Wolverine Bank Business Scholarship Fund ($2,000)

Provides an annual award available to either Midland County residents or Wolverine Bank student employees to assist in the study of business at any accredited college or university, as either a full-time or a part-time student.  The term "business" includes management, finance, marketing, retailing, and other business fields.  The successful applicant may be either a graduating high school senior or a current college student and must have maintained a minimum of a 3.0 GPA as a high school or college student.  The applicant must demonstrate financial need and personal efforts to finance college.  The essay for the scholarship should describe plans, career goals, and specific interests and qualifications in the selected business field.

Steven and Kathleen Dolan Endowed Scholarship Fund ($2,500)

Provides an annual scholarship award to a graduating senior of a Midland County high school who is pursuing a degree in science, technology, engineering, math, healthcare, or arts at an accredited four year college or university.  The applicant must have a 3.5 grade point average and demonstrate financial need.  The essay for this scholarship should state the student's personal and career goals as well as a description of school and community activities in which the student has participated.

Bullock Creek Alumni Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund ($1,500)

Provides an annual scholarship award to a Bullock Creek High School graduating senior or Bullock Creek High School graduate.  The successful applicant will be planning to attend an accredited community college, college or university, or technical or trade school in the year of the award.  Preference will be for applications that show some work experience, financial need, and a career and community service focus.

Jay Weaver Endowed Scholarship Fund ($500)

Provides an annual scholarship award to a graduating senior from Bay City Western High School who will be a business major, who displays financial need, and who will be a commuting student.

Laur Family Endowed Scholarship Fund ($1,500)

Provides an annual scholarship award to a Meridian High School graduating senior who does not smoke, drink or use illegal drugs, and who plans to attend a college (preference for Michigan public colleges) which does not issue charters for charter schools.  Students should have a minimum 2.0 GPA and financial need will be a consideration, though not a requirement.

Dorothy W. and Elton K. Morris Endowed Scholarship Fund ($1,000)

Provides scholarships to Midland County residents who will use this scholarship at a Lutheran Missouri Synod college or university (preferred) and additional criteria will include a balance of academics, financial need, school and church activities/work/community service.  The institution's accreditation should be by a recognized accrediting agency.  Either graduating high school seniors or current college students may apply.   Previous recipients may reapply.

John W. Ryan Endowed Scholarship Fund ($1,000)

Provides an annual scholarship award to a graduating senior of a Midland County High School or current college student who will be completing a chemistry class at Delta College and is planning to pursue a chemistry related field of study.  Preference given to those with financial need and scholarship recipients may reapply.

Bob G. Caldwell Memorial Engineering Endowed Scholarship Fund ($1,000)

Provides an annual scholarship to a Midland County resident who is enrolled in an accredited school with a major in chemistry, engineering or business/industrial management who has completed at least two years of college.  When all criteria are equal, the award will go to a student needing financial assistance.

Sheriff John S. Reder Endowed Scholarship Fund ($1,000)

Provides an annual scholarship award to a graduating high school senior of a Midland County high school with preference to a student from Bullock Creek, Coleman, or Meridian High School.  The successful applicant will be planning a career in law enforcement, corrections, probation, emergency medical technician or physician's assistant or related fields.  Academic achievement and financial need are both considerations.

Louis "Bud" C. Rubens Endowed Scholarship Fund ($1,000)

Provides an annual scholarship award to a Midland County high school graduating senior or current college student who will be or is currently pursuing a chemistry, physics or biology related field of study.  Preference will be given to applicants with financial need, a cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 and to those involved in leadership and community activities.  Scholarship recipients may reapply.

Eugene C. and Mildred G. Yehle Endowed Scholarship Fund ($3,000)

Provides scholarship awards to encourage Midland County residents to continue their education beyond high school toward a "skilled or technical career." Preference will be given to persons who want to find employment in the field of health care in Midland County and to persons already so employed who seek advancement in their careers.  Applicants should have an aptitude for their chosen field, financial need, and integrity.  Previous recipients may reapply for up to three additional years of education, assuming acceptable academic performance.

Larry C. Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund

To provide an annual scholarship award to an intermediate, middle school, or junior high school student in the Midland Public Schools to attend the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.  Significant consideration would be given to students who could most benefit from this experience and who also have financial need.

Midland Christian School Endowed Scholarship Fund ($500)

Provide tuition assistance for students attending Midland Christian School based on financial need.

Curtis and Barbara Shaffner Family Endowed Scholarship Fund ($1,000)

To provide an annual scholarship award to a graduate of Bullock Creek High School who displays a financial need and is pursuing an education in a field supporting the home building industry or commercial/industrial trade industry.

Sadie Wolf Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund ($1,500)

To provide an annual scholarship award to a nurse who has completed an associate's degree and is pursuing a bachelor's degree.  In addition, this can also be used by a bachelor's degreed nurse who is pursuing a master's degree.  The applicant must be a graduate of a Midland County High School with preference given to those that have a 3.5 college GPA and demonstrate financial need.  Previous recipients may reapply.

Lena True Memorial and Kevin and Jennifer Kendrick Endowed Scholarship Fund

To provide one or more scholarships in conjunction with the Midland Believes scholarship program, which provides annual scholarship awards to Midland County first generation college-going and economically disadvantaged students with preference given to candidates that have both.  This scholarship is renewable for a second year to students meeting scholarship requirements.  Recipients must be enrolled or plan on attending a Michigan educational organization.

Dr. David and Colleen Bremer Endowed Scholarship Fund ($500)

To provide an annual scholarship award to a Clare High School graduating senior.  The most important criteria for the successful applicant will be financial need, limited additional options for assistance, and a true desire to pursue higher education.

The Larry and Anne Smith Endowed Scholarship Fund ($600)

To provide an annual scholarship award to a Harrison High School graduating senior who a) has maintained a 2.5 minimum grade point average, b) exhibits an outstanding attitude toward school and community, and c) is pursuing education at an accredited college, university or trade school.  Preference will be given to students demonstrating financial need.

Kinne-Millard Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund ($1,000)

To provide an annual scholarship award in memory of Gladys Kinne and Margaret Millard to a graduate of Harrison High School who had a 3.0 grade point average or better and displays a financial need and is attending a state supported Michigan college or University.  The recipient must display leadership qualities by having volunteered at Harrison High School, in the Harrison community or in their church.  If applicants have equivalent qualifications, preference shall be given to any such applicant who is pursuing a degree in education.

Harrison Women's Association Endowed Scholarship Fund ($600)

To provide an annual scholarship award to a female seeking a post secondary education or pursuing a technical training education.  The applicant must reside in the Harrison School District and display a financial need.

Jessie Maxwell Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund ($1,000)

To provide one annual scholarship award to a Beaverton High School graduating high school senior and one award to a Gladwin High School graduating senior.  The successful applicants must a) be a resident of Gladwin County, and b) have at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale, and c) be of upstanding moral character, and d) demonstrate financial need.  Preference will be given to those individuals pursuing post high school education in the area of construction or manufacturing at a community college, university, trade or technical school, or through an industry-recognized certification program.

Kinne-Millard Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund for Gladwin High School ($1,000)

To provide a annual scholarship award in memory of Gladys Kinne, Margaret Millard and Rosalie Kinne-Millard to a graduate of Gladwin High School who achieved a 3.0 grade point average or better and displays a financial need and is attending a state supported Michigan college or university.  The recipient must display leadership qualities by having volunteered at Gladwin High School, in the Gladwin community or in their church.  If applicants have equivalent qualifications, preference shall be given to any such applicant who is pursuing a degree in education.

Donald and Grace Irene Lyons Endowed Scholarship Fund ($6,500)

To provide annual scholarship awards to Gladwin High School graduating seniors or Gladwin High School graduates planning to attend an accredited community college, college or university.  Selection will be based on academic achievement and financial need with other factors such as extra-curricular involvement, work experience, community involvement and personal challenges taken into consideration.

Cristoforo and Alma Zuliani Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)

To provide an annual scholarship award(s) to a Midland County high school graduate who is pursuing a degree in STEM (science, technology, engineering, or math) at an accredited four-year university or college in Michigan or at Delta College (or another approved two-year college in plant communities serving Dow Chemical employees).  Students must have graduated with a cumulative GPA over 2.5 and demonstrate financial need.  This is a one year renewable scholarship and recipients that maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above will be awarded a consecutive scholarship for their second year of study.

Eyes Can See Clearly Now Endowed Scholarship Fund

To provide an annual scholarship award to a Midland County High School graduating senior who is pursuing an ophthalmology, optometry or optician related field of study at a Michigan educational organization.  Preference will be given to students who have financial need, possess leadership ability and community involvement.  Previous recipients may reapply.  Scholarship amount will be posted in November.

Ken and Irma Wildes Nursing Scholarship ($2,000)

Provides financial support for a person whose ultimate goal is earning a bachelor's degree as a registered nurse (RN).  Up to two scholarships are available this year.  Successful applicants must be college-bound seniors graduating from Midland or Gladwin County high schools in the year of the award, or current college students who are residents of Midland or Gladwin County.  They must demonstrate financial need, must be accepted by an accredited college with a school of nursing, and must be pursuing the ultimate goal of a bachelor's degree.  The essay for this scholarship should describe activities, goals, interests and jobs held.