Jack and Charlene Sauer were both raised with the expectation that they would go on to college.
Charlene was fortunate to finance her Western Michigan University education with a scholarship, support from her family and a job in her dormitory as a switchboard operator. Jack paid his own way at Michigan State University, working through both undergraduate and graduate studies.
Jack admits he became discouraged because all the hours of work made it difficult to find time to study. However, a radio broadcast he heard between his first and second years in veterinary school encouraged him to focus on his goal.
The Sauers were familiar with the Community Foundation through Jack’s 42-year tenure on the Schoolcraft Community Schools Board of Education and through the establishment of the Schoolcraft Community Foundation Fund at the Community Foundation.
Believing it is important for students to have a goal in mind that will lead them to a fulfilling career, the Sauers worked with their financial planner and the Community Foundation’s Donor Relations team to establish the Dr. Jack and Charlene Sauer Scholarship.
The scholarship is for Schoolcraft High School graduating seniors with financial need who plan to seek vocational or technical training or a two- or four-year degree at a Michigan educational institution. The Sauers hope it will help students focus on their goals and succeed.
Here's the scholarship application with further details about The Sauer:
Consider donating to one of our existing scholarship funds or another fund: