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Scholarship Type of Student Award amount range

Mary Roe Memorial Scholarship

Comstock High School graduating senior; pursuing an undergraduate degree in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics); planning to enroll full-time in an accredited four-year college/university in the fall; demonstration of leadership and involvement in school/ community activities; minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Graduating High School Seniors
$1,000-$2,000

Dr. Jack and Charlene Sauer Scholarship

Schoolcraft High School graduating senior; planning to enroll full-time to pursue vocational or technical training or a two-year or four-year degree at a college/university in Michigan.
  • Graduating High School Seniors
  • Certificate and/or Technical Schools Programs
$500-$1,000

Leon A. Donald J. and Jean K. Schau Scholarship

An adult student with at least a 3-5 year break in their education. Must be a resident of Kalamazoo County or a graduate of a HS or adult education program within Kalamazoo County or Plainwell or Otsego High Schools.
  • Undergraduate Students
  • Certificate and/or Technical Schools Programs
  • Part-time Student
Varies

Peter and Inez Schonveld Scholarship

Kalamazoo Public Schools graduating high school senior or graduate of KPS; demonstration of determination and good citizenship; part-time or full-time enrollment in a vocational, technical or degree-granting educational instituition.
  • Graduating High School Seniors
  • Undergraduate Students
  • Certificate and/or Technical Schools Programs
  • Part-time Student
$1,000-$2,000

Schwenk Scholarship

Graduating high school senior who is a Kalamazoo County resident or attends a Kalamazoo County High School; planning to pursue an elementary education degree; evidence of leadership and academic achievement; full-time enrollment.
  • Graduating High School Seniors
$500-$1,000

Danial and Joeanna Smith Education Scholarship

Resident of Van Buren County; graduating high school senior who will be pursuing a bachelor's degree full-time at a college/university; minimum 3.5 GPA; participation in extracurricular activities.
  • Graduating High School Seniors
$500-$1,000

Glen C. Smith Jr./KCC Caddie Scholarship

Graduating high school senior or current undergraduate; two years as a caddie at the Kalamazoo County Club or member club. Preference given to students with financial need.
  • Graduating High School Seniors
  • Undergraduate Students
$1,000-$2,000

William R. Steers Kalamazoo Community Foundation Scholarship

Graduating high school senior who will attend Albion College full-time; minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Graduating High School Seniors
$1,000-$2,000

Jim Strehlow Scholarship

Parchment High School graduating senior and resident of Parchment School District; attend Kalamazoo Valley Community College; part-time or full-time enrollment; demonstrate improvement in motivation and achievement in high school; demonstrate overcoming adversity.
  • Graduating High School Seniors
  • Part-time Student
$500-$1,000

Brian Thiele Memorial Scholarship

About this Scholarship

When his life was cut short by an in-line skating accident at the age of 22, Brian Thiele was learning more about the business world at a company in Isny, Germany; finishing his degree at Western Michigan University; and preparing to assist as soccer coach at Kalamazoo Central High School.

Thiele, a 1990 graduate of Portage Northern High School, spent four years on the high school soccer team. Although he loved to play the game, he found just as much, if not more, excitement in helping young athletes learn the skills essential to being successful in soccer. Thiele was head junior varsity coach at Northern for a year, served as assistant varsity coach at Northern and coached several under-16 TKO teams.

This scholarship, established by family and friends in memory of Brian Thiele, provides financial assistance to students who exhibit characteristics similar to those for which Brian is so fondly remembered. This includes playing high school soccer, the achievement of personal and academic goals, overcoming obstacles to meet his goals, competitive spirit, leadership and a special caring for his fellow man.

Scholarship Criteria

Student who is a permanent resident of Kalamazoo County or a student graduating from a high school within Kalamazoo County; four years of soccer during high school; community service; full-time enrollment at a college/university.

  • Graduating High School Seniors
  • Undergraduate Students
$1,000-$2,000

Wade and Clio Van Valkenburg Scholarship

Kalamazoo County resident; previous criminal conviction; two-year or four-year degree or vocational or technical training; enrolling or enrolled full-time or part-time. Financial need.
  • Graduating High School Seniors
  • Undergraduate Students
  • Certificate and/or Technical Schools Programs
  • Part-time Student
$1,000-$2,000

Matthew VanderSalm Memorial Scholarship

Southcentral Michigan High School Hockey League defensemen; graduating high school senior; good sportsmanship; attend a two-year or four-year college/university.
  • Graduating High School Seniors
  • Part-time Student
$2,000-$3,000
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