ALPENA – One hundred sixty students from the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan (CFNEM) and its affiliate foundation service area have been awarded scholarships this year. Of that amount, 134 awards totaling $260,500 were awarded to students in the four-county region of Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency and Presque Isle Counties.
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“Across all nine counties served by the Foundation, our students have received $470,387 in scholarships in 2022,” said CFNEM Program Director Jennifer Dingman. “Most of these awards are for the 2022-2023 academic year, but several are multi-year awards.”
Students receiving scholarships are from across the Community Foundation’s nine-county service area, which includes Alcona, Alpena, Cheboygan, Crawford, Iosco, Montmorency, Ogemaw, Oscoda and Presque Isle Counties. This service area includes CFNEM and three affiliate foundations: Iosco County Community Foundation, North Central Michigan Community Foundation, and Straits Area Community Foundation.
“This was my first year working through the Community Foundation’s scholarship season as the new Program Director, and it was wonderful seeing the generosity of people in our communities directly affecting local students who have worked hard, persevered through incredible challenges the last two years, and now have additional support behind them to chase their future goals,” said Dingman.
Dingman added that the benefit of receiving a scholarship, no matter the size, can have a real impact on the recipients’ future and helping them with their education.
“All of these scholarship funds reflect someone’s legacy in action,” said CFNEM Executive Director Patrick Heraghty.” Because people who care about our communities and those who live here chose to give back, the Foundation was able to award 295 scholarships this year, speaking volumes about our communities, our donors, and the incredible gift it is for these students to be cared for in this way by generous people they may never even meet.”
Heraghty says one of the unique aspects of the CFNEM scholarship program is that many of its scholarships are not just determined by academic achievement. Each scholarship reflects the intentions of the donor, and in some cases, that means the emphasis is placed on student interests such as farming, a trade such as welding or plumbing, the arts, or healthcare. All area students planning to attend college are encouraged to apply for scholarships, regardless of whether they plan to attend a trade certification program, community college or a four-year university.
Scholarships for the 2023 season for the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan will be open in early January.
The Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan is a nonprofit charitable organization committed to providing people who care about the future of our area with unique and effective ways of supporting their community now, and for generations to come.