Marshall Community Foundation announces quarterly deadlines for Enrichment Scholarships and Grants

MARSHALL, Mich.—The Marshall Community Foundation announces the launch of rolling Enrichment Scholarship deadlines for both students and educators. The first deadline is set for Oct. 1. Applications can be submitted at any time and will be reviewed quarterly.

“The Foundation continually examines its processes to determine how to best serve our community, while carrying out the intentions of our donors,” said Shannon Tiernan, MCF Executive Director. “Following feedback from teachers, parents and students, the Foundation has been working to restructure enrichment scholarship procedures. We expect this new process will better meet the needs of those whom we serve.”

Most enrichment scholarships will be offered on a rolling quarterly deadline of October 1, January 1, April 1 and July 1. Applicants will now complete one application for all enrichment scholarships instead of a separate application for each scholarship. Recipients may still be awarded from more than one scholarship fund, should the committee choose to do so, based upon criteria and available funds.

Enrichment Scholarships for students help reduce expenses associated with participating in co- and extra-curricular programs and camps in areas such as the performing or visual arts, science, math, writing, drawing, robotics or coding, for example. The requests are as varied as the students who receive the scholarship support.

Enrichment Scholarships and Grants for educators provide resources to enhance curriculum, purchase classroom materials, host guest presenters, offer special field trips or educational experiences, or create new academic units or programs that enhance the student experience, for example.

“These resources are available to help make enrichment opportunities more affordable for our local families and educators,” added Tiernan. “They are offered as a means to encourage individuals to continue to learn, grow and gain knowledge in areas that are important to them. The footprint of these scholarships far exceeds the single experience the Foundation supports, as scholarship recipients often share the knowledge they gain with their peers.”

The following enrichment scholarship opportunities are available for local students and educators. For a more detailed criteria or to begin the application process, visit www.marshallcf.org.

The Don and Ruth Chadderdon Music Scholarship provides awards to Marshall High School instrumental music students (grades 9-12) seeking additional training through music camps, seminars or summer programs such as, but not limited to, Interlochen Music Camp.

The Phillip R. Clissold Vocal Music Scholarship provides awards to Marshall Public School choir students (grades 7-11) wishing to attend a summer vocal music camp or seminar.

The Jacob Dannenberg Education Enrichment Scholarship provides support to Elementary School Educators for such things as: necessary classroom/additional materials; student participation in special field trips to exceptional exhibits or involvement in other educational experiences; guest faculty/speakers.

The Tom and Lucy Franke Education Enrichment Scholarship provides support for Marshall Public School students participating in enrichment programs, such as, but not limited to, weekend seminars, music or fine arts camps, educational forums or regional, national or international travel for educational purposes. It also supports Marshall Public Schools educators for such things as: creation of special units in science, math, the arts, necessary classroom/additional materials, student participation in special field trips to exceptional exhibits or involvement in other educationally sound experiences, guest faculty/speakers.

The Karissa “Kari” Hamaker Performing Arts Enrichment Scholarship provides support for Marshall and Olivet area students seeking additional enrichment opportunities in performing arts, such as, but not limited to, weekend seminars, summer camp or workshops.

The Hayes-Washburn Fund for the Visual Arts is for Marshall Public Schools educators seeking support for programs, such as, visiting artists, visiting art exhibits, tours to art institutes and centers, scholarships for classes at art centers and purchasing supplies for enrichment classes.

The Marshall Music Fund is for Marshall Public Schools educators seeking to enhance music programs for fifth through twelfth grade. All music fields, including instrumental and vocal, are eligible to apply. Funding supports programming up to one year.

The Karen M. Nickels Equestrian Fund supports the activities of the Marshall Public Schools Equestrian Club, primarily but not necessarily limited to, expenses incurred by the team when participating in the regional or stare equestrian competition or for the purchase of and or the construction or improvement of team buildings, equipment or facilities.  It is not intended to be used for individual scholarships or general purposes for the MPS.

The Karen M. Nickels Memorial Fund is for Marshall Public Schools educators seeking support for the needs of Special Education elementary students, particularly those students at Walters Elementary School.  The fund shall be utilized to supplement the annual budgeted allocation for special education student’s needs, particularly outdoor playground equipment, indoor exercise and gymnasium facilities and equipment.     

The Bonnie Kay Rocco Community Kindness Fund supports qualified nonprofit organizations, such as, but not limited to, Calhoun County 4-H, Marshall and Tekonsha Public Libraries, local elementary schools and the Marshall and Tekonsha High Schools’ Athletic Departments.

The Success Fund for Marshall Public Schools Scholarship was established for Marshall Public Schools students seeking assistance with non-school related programs and experiences, such as but not limited to arts and STEM camps and educational travel opportunities. It also supports Marshall Public Schools educators seeking assistance with new and innovative programs that directly impact the student experience. Awards will be renewable for educators up to three times per Scholarship requirements, or as determined by the Scholarship Committee.

The Sullivan Family Enrichment Scholarship was established to encourage participation in enrichment programs for Marshall Area students. The scholarship provides financial support to students willing to raise half of the necessary funds for participation in an enrichment activity.

The James and Linda Tarmnel Enrichment Scholarship provides resources for educators from Mar Lee and Marshall Public Schools to assist students who exhibit financial need, to participate in academic, extra-curricular and co-curricular experiences within the schools. This scholarship is available only by nomination from teacher and/or other school personnel.

For more information please contact the Marshall Community Foundation at (269) 781-2273 or e-mail at [email protected]

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The Marshall Community Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving quality of life in Marshall, and throughout Calhoun County. The Foundation holds permanently endowed funds from a range of donors, and serves as a conduit for special projects and the distribution of grants in support of innovative programs. For more information about the Foundation, visit www.marshallcf.org.