Nearly $192,000 in Scholarships Awarded


When he graduated from college in 1936, John Smith’s first job was teaching in East Jordan.  After nearly 40 years as an educator and school leader, John and his wife Marjorie returned to northern Michigan.  In 2005, John established a scholarship fund that now provides four years of support for students who receive the award, which is a fitting tribute to a man so devoted to the education of the next generation.  This scholarship and 145 others like it will provide nearly $192,000  this month to graduates in Charlevoix County.  These scholarship funds were established by local citizens or groups to honor family members, community leaders, educators, and others who valued continuing education. 


Each year the Community Foundation awards merit scholarships to outstanding local students entering the skilled trades, community colleges and 4-year colleges and universities. These students have demonstrated their eagerness to succeed beyond high school and have shown promise in their work ethic and in their academic achievement. In total, the Charlevoix County Community Foundation has awarded nearly $2.8 million in scholarships since 1992.


The Community Foundation holds more than 250 funds established by donors to make a difference here in Charlevoix County, 63 of which are designated for scholarships.  The Community Foundation serves as a charitable resource for the entire county, and has distributed grants and scholarships totaling nearly $27 million to benefit area residents.  For more information about the Community Foundation or any of its funds, please call (231) 536-2440 or visit