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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 in Kalamazoo County, including scholarships offered 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 (those denoted by ) 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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Scholarship Details

Gail and Hilda Oster Scholarship Fund

Community Foundation Scholarship
Scholarship Type

One or more awards of a minimum of $1,000

Awards are renewable

March 1

Scholarship Information

This scholarship was established through a bequest from the estate of Gail and Hilda Oster for the purpose of providing meaningful support to graduating high school seniors or graduates, who are residents of Van Buren County or graduating high school seniors or graduates of high schools within Van Buren County, who are planning to pursue or are pursuing bachelor's degrees at Western Michigan University or the University of Michigan in the fields of education, mathematics or science; or are enrolling or enrolled in a graduate program at the Michigan State University School of Veterinary Medicine; or are pursuing a degree in medicine at the Homer Stryker MD Medical School.

Eligibility Criteria

Van Buren County resident who is a graduating high school senior or graduate, or who is graduating or graduated from a Van Buren County high school. Enrolled or planning to enroll full time in a bachelor's degree program at the University of Michigan or Western Michigan University in education, mathematics or science. Must have a minimum 2.75 GPA for high school seniors and undergraduates. Must demonstrate financial need.


Van Buren County resident or graduate of a high school in Van Buren County. Must be enrolling or enrolled in the College of Veterinary Medicine as a graduate student or a bachelor of science degree candidate in Veterinary Technology. Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA for graduate students. Must demonstrate financial need. 


Van Buren County resident or a graduate of a high school in Van Buren County. Must be enrolling or enrolled as a medical student in the WMU Homer Stryker MD Medical School. Must have at least a 3.0 GPA; Must demonstrate financial need; 

Application Requirements

The following must be electronically submitted to the Kalamazoo Community Foundation:

  1. eGRANTscholarship application.
  2. Essay typed into the text box in the eGRANT application addressing why you merit consideration for this scholarship. Include how extracurricular activities volunteer experiences and leadership roles have helped to prepare you for your choice of study. If you have overcome challenges or improved in motivation and achievement during high school and/or college please provide this information also.

The following must be received by the Kalamazoo Community Foundation by March 1:

  1. Two copies of the Scholarship Recommendation Form and Letters of Recommendation completed by adults other than family members.
  2. An official cumulative transcript of the most recent high school (including SAT/ACT scores) or college transcript.

This scholarship requires that you demonstrate financial need. Please provide us with a copy of your college/university award letter and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Student Aid Report (SAR) that includes your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) no later than March 31. 


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