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Nearly 100 students receive scholarship awards

Nearly 100 graduating seniors from Charlevoix County high schools will receive a total of $205,288 in scholarship funds to help them launch into college and post-secondary education and training programs. While 2020 is a strange year for graduating and moving on to college, these students were grateful for the assistance through the Community Foundation. Scholarship funds were established by local citizens or groups to honor family members, community leaders, educators, and others who value continuing education. 

Students shared their excitement and gratitude with receiving funding, stating that this support will allow them to focus on their education and earning a degree instead of their financial burden. Some students said that feeling the community’s support and recognition through their scholarship award meant a lot to them.

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.

For the full list of scholarship recipients, click here. 


Our response to Covid-19


The Charlevoix County Community Foundation is fortunate to be part of a caring, generous, and resilient community. The health and safety of our partners, staff, and neighbors is always our top priority. We know that many friends and neighbors will experience increased hardship as schools are temporarily closed, hours are reduced, or people stick closer to home.

We encourage you to support local nonprofit organizations that work with the people and families who are most vulnerable in our communities. You can also make a contribution to the Community Foundation's Urgent Needs Fund, which will be put to use in the coming days and weeks to help keep lights on and food on the tables in our community.

The Community Foundation is not able to help individuals directly, but supports partners who can. To learn more about organizations in your community that can offer help, call 211 or text your zip code to 898211.

In times like these, philanthropy can make a big difference close to home.






Jon & LIsa Gandelot: caring for community

“We can’t anticipate the future – there will be different needs after we’re gone than there are now.  We trust the Community Foundation to address those changing needs with our gift,” says Jon.  With their future gift, the Gandelots will provide for generations to come and build on their connection to generations past.

The Gandelots have included a charitable gift to the Community Foundation in their future plans. They have chosen to support the Charlevoix Historical Society which they care deeply about in addition to an unrestricted gift for grant-making, which will establish the Jon B. and Lisa Mower Gandelot Fund for the Community.  









GRANT IMPACT:  School Nurse Program

Ten years ago, the Community Foundation was part of an effort to provide school nurses across Charlevoix County and recently made a grant to sustain that service for hundreds of local children, with a grant of $130,000, which will provide two school nurses to serve in Charlevoix County schools.