The deadline for the Glen Oaks Foundation Scholarshipis March 23. Foundation Executive Director Janene Breneman said returning and new Glen Oaks students planning to attend the 2012-2013 term are urged to begin the process. Getting started now will allow time to gather the required documents to apply. Recommendation letters, essay and financial information may be required, depending on the scholarship.
The Glen Oaks Community College Foundation scholarships may be used for education related expenses based on both need and merit. Each scholarship considers academic ability, financial circumstances, and career goals in the selection of recipients. Jean Zimmerman, director of financial aid/scholarship, said scholarships exist in Health Sciences, Technical, Business and Human Services areas. Zimmerman recommends those students interested in applying should contact either the Financial Aid Office at 269-294-4260 or visit the Glen Oaks Community College website at www.glenoaks.edu to access the list of scholarships, the application, and the requirements necessary to apply.
This year approximately $57,000 was awarded to assist 56 students in reaching their education goal.
One scholarship, the Jessie Alice Ray Memorial Scholarship,honorsMs. Ray, who was a long-time resident of Three Rivers, Mich., and a teacher at Centreville Elementary School. After her retirement from teaching, she began working in the Academic Opportunity Center at Glen Oaks Community College in December 1984. She was a staff member until shortly before her death in July 1997.
One portion of this fund is awarded each year to students who are continuing in the field of education and intend to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in either elementary or secondary education. This year the $4,000 award was split and given to Carly Roach of Sturgis, Mich., and Samantha Chandler of Vandalia, Mich., both attending Grand Valley State University as juniors. This fund also awarded two students attending Glen Oaks Community College with the intent of entering into the field of teaching. April Blanchard of Sturgis, Mich., and Todd Sanderson of Mendon, Mich., were each was awarded $1,800.
Sanderson expressed his appreciation, noting, “Having a family of four and attending college full-time, along with working full-time, has definitely had its challenges; more importantly, it has made me realize the value of education. This is why I am looking forward to pursuing a career as a teacher. It is a great honor to receive the Jessie Alice Ray Memorial Scholarship. Thanks to your generous support, my son will know to follow his dreams and passion regardless of what hardships should come his way.”