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There are literally thousands of scholarships available to students today. We want to help you find and take full advantage of all the opportunities available to you. This scholarship search tool focuses on the sources of aid available by the Kalamazoo Community Foundation.

Many of the scholarships listed here are for high school seniors, but there also are several for students already enrolled in college and non-traditional students. The descriptions shown are a summary and may not provide complete eligibility requirements. All Kalamazoo Community Foundation scholarships may be used for tuition and fees, room and board, books, transportation and personal expenses associated with the cost of education.

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Roy G. Walters Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship Type
Undergrad/Post-Secondary Education

Minimum $600

March 1

How To Apply

Complete and submit one online scholarship application. We will match you to the Kalamazoo Community Foundation scholarship(s) that you are eligible for.

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Scholarship Information

A 1992 inductee into the Michigan High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame, this celebrated coach, athlete, husband and father of seven was a man of many talents. Roy Walters set most of his high school's individual records in football and track. He played freshman football at the University of Iowa then transferred to Mankato State University in Minnesota where he starred in football and track. He still holds the school records for the 100 and 220 yard dashes. In 1948, Walters was one of just four sprinters in the U.S. to run the 100 in 9.6 seconds, but was declared ineligible for the Olympic trials because he was coaching track in Redwood Falls, Minnesota. Walters came to the Kalamazoo area in the early 1950's to coach football at State High, which later became University High. He coached there for 15 seasons, posting unbeaten records in 1955, 1959 and 1960. His teams were ranked number one in the Associated Press poll in Class B in both 1959 and 1960. Lending his talents to both golf and track, he coached University High to consecutive Class B state golf championships in 1963, 1964 and 1965 and turned out a succession of outstanding track and field teams. Walters left University High to become middle school principal at Comstock and later became the high school's head football coach. Upon his death in 1995, a memorial fund was established at the Kalamazoo Community Foundation to provide financial support for higher education to students who have participated in athletics as well as school and community activities, and who demonstrate financial need.

Eligibility Criteria

Graduating high school senior who is a Kalamazoo County resident or is attending a high school within Kalamazoo County. Must be planning to enroll in an accredited college or university as a full-time student in the fall. Must have been involved in athletics as well as school and community activities. Applicant must demonstrate financial need according to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Application Requirements

  1. Complete and submit one online scholarship application. We will match you to the Kalamazoo Community Foundation scholarship(s) that you are eligible for.
  2. If you are matched to this scholarship we will notify you, via email, that two Letters of Recommendation and recommendation forms, completed by one of your coaches or your high school's Athletic Director, will be required.
  3. Official cumulative high school transcript through the first semester or trimester of the senior year including SAT/ACT score(s).
  4. This scholarship requires that you demonstrate financial need. Please complete the student section of the Financial Information Summary form and then forward the form to the college financial aid office where you have been accepted. They will complete the form and return it to our office.

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