CHEBOYGAN – Twenty-three (23) students from Cheboygan County and Mackinaw City are receiving scholarships through the Straits Area Community Foundation (SACF) this year.
“Students from the Straits Area have received $38,400 in scholarships in 2021,” said Community Foundation Program Director Laurie Nugent. “Most of these awards are for the 2021-2022 academic year and include 23 individual awards.”
“Behind every single scholarship is the story and legacy of the donor who is caring for the next generation, making these awards possible,” said Nugent. “The students receiving the scholarships have so many demands placed on them in a very competitive atmosphere, and the last two years of their education have been incredibly challenging. The benefit of receiving a scholarship – no matter the size – can have a real impact on their future and helping them with their education.”
“Because people who care about our communities and those who live here chose to give back, the Foundation was able to award over 300 scholarships this year across nine counties, including Cheboygan County and Mackinaw City,” said CFNEM Executive Director Patrick Heraghty. “That number speaks 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 Community Foundation 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 graduating seniors are encouraged to apply for scholarships, regardless of whether they plan to attend a trade certification program, community college or a four-year university.
To see a full list of 2021 scholarship recipients, or to learn more about scholarship opportunities offered through SACF, visit sacf.net. Scholarships for the 2022 season for SACF will be open in early January.
The Straits Area Community Foundation 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.