Short Term Emergency Response Funds
Emergency Response Funds are created for the benefit of specific local non-profits who are directly impacting our community during COVID-19. These funds are in partnership between the SCCF and the nonprofit. All funds donated are directly forwarded to the organization you would like to support. For more information on Short Term Emergency Response Funds, please call the Community Foundation office at 810-648-3634.
Emergency Assistance Fund
For those in of you who are looking for a way to support our local non-profits as they provide extra services during this time, the Foundation is providing a centralized place for giving that will guarantee that 100 percent of funds raised will be used locally in response to the coronavirus. This Emergency Assistance Fund will help support the organizations caring for and assisting vulnerable populations throughout Sanilac County as we navigate these unprecedented times. One hundred percent of all funds will be distributed for coronavirus relief with no administrative fees. Funds will be released on a rolling basis throughout the outbreak and recover phases of the crisis.
McKenzie Health System COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund
The financial effects of COVID-19 on our local healthcare organizations include not only increased costs in preparing for patient care, but also a significant loss of revenue due to restricted services and appointment cancellations. The health and safety of our patients, healthcare workers, and community is our top priority and we will remain true to our mission. We are extremely grateful to have our community’s support alongside us in the effort. On behalf of our courageous caregivers, our McKenzie Foundation, and our Board, we thank you for all the ways you might join us in this special chapter of care.
Competitive Grant Funds
Competitive Grants are available on a semi-annual basis. These grants are distributed from the funds listed below. For more information on Competitive Grant Funds, please call the Community Foundation office at 810-648-3634.
Board Discretionary Fund
All donations received by the Sanilac County Community Foundation that are not designated for a particular fund, are placed into the Board Discretionary Fund. The funds are then used to support grants that improve and enrich the lives of County residents.
Steps for Success Fund
The mission of the fund is to help even the playing field for all Sanilac County children. It is recognized that some children, through no fault of their own, find themselves in circumstances that do more to prevent success than to encourage it. The goal of the fund is to help maximize the life potential of these children. The fund accomplishes this by providing grant monies to quality programs designed to give these children a step up.
Youth Advisory Council (YAC) Fund
YAC is made up of representatives from all seven county high schools. Its purpose is to positively impact the lives of young people under the age of 21. Grants are disbursed by the YAC from its fund within the Sanilac County Community Foundation. YAC also raises funds for Homelessness Prevention through their Cardboard City held annually in the Spring. That money is distributed through HELP Inc., the Save Council & the Sandusky Police Department.
Field of Interest Funds
The following funds support projects or programs within a certain area or purpose. For more information on Field of Interest Funds, please call the Community Foundation office at 810-648-3634.
The Cass City Promise
The Cass City Promise strives to stimulate the community by creating a culture and financial support for postsecondary education (college or trade school) for all Cass City High School graduates. Components of the Promise include both a Children’s Savings Account (Red Hawk Nest Egg) and Scholarship (Red Hawk Flight). All gifts given here will be added to the Cass City Promise and will be used to sustain the program, its purpose, and some student incentives.
Sanilac Backpack Fund
The Sanilac Backpack Fund was established to help in the efforts of local individuals to make sure that no student spends the weekend hungry. The fund will grant out in support of weekend food backpack programs county-wide on an annual basis. These weekend backpack programs provide a backpack every weekend during the school year to students who may not have a secure food source. Each backpack is assembled locally by volunteers and cost approximately $100 per year, per student. It is a combined effort of several area schools, churches, organizations, businesses, and individuals.
Sanilac County Promise Fund
The Sanilac County Promise Fund program was established in 2017 with the promise that every child that starts kindergarten in Sanilac County will automatically receive a long-term savings account that will have the opportunity for growth throughout their K-12 years. Upon graduation, the money saved in their Promise Fund can be used for any post-secondary attainment. All gifts given here will be added to the Promise Fund Endowment and will be used to sustain the program, its purpose, and some student incentives.
*If you are interested in sponsoring a class, school, match, or incentives please contact Melissa Anderson at: 810-648-3634
Sanilac Rescue Mission
The Sanilac Rescue Mission is a combined effort of several area churches, organizations, businesses, and individuals who believe in providing shelter with a purpose.
“Radical hospitality for those in need in Sanilac County.” The initial organization of this Rescue Mission is underway. If you are looking for a way to become further involved please contact: Chief Brett Lester through Sandusky City Hall at 810-648-4444.
Aaron Brown Memorial Scholarship Fund
The Aaron Brown Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by Jim and Linda Brown in memory of their son, Aaron. The scholarship is available to a Sandusky High School senior interested in pursuing a career in agriculture.
Andrew Kautz Memorial Scholarship Fund
The Andrew Kautz Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established by family and friends to honor the life of Andrew Kautz and to help others pursue their education. Eligible students will possess a 3.2 GPA or greater, and entering the field of Diesel Mechanics or Law Enforcement. This scholarship is open to all Sanilac County graduating high school seniors.
Backus Family Scholarship Fund
The Backus Family Scholarship Fund was established to support students from the Carsonville-Port Sanilac School District. In the future, as the fund increases, it is planned that other Sanilac County schools will also receive a portion of this scholarship fund.
Brown City Area Health Center Scholarship Fund
The main purpose of the Brown City Area Health Center Scholarship Fund is to assist Brown City area students as they enter training and educational programs in health-related fields. These funds are contingent upon availability.
Brown City Community Schools - Seager-Swartz Scholarship Fund
This fund was established through a bequest of the late Lola Kay and Miner Seager, former students and residents of Brown City who went on to attend Michigan STate University. This scholarship fund is meant for the benefit of Brown City Students in pursuing their post-secondary goals.
CPS Athletic Scholarship Fund
This scholarship fund was established by the Sarkella Family to recognize senior scholar athletes at Carsonville-Port Sanilac (CPS) Schools. The scholar athlete’s commitment to studies and participation on the playing field requires extreme dedication and is deserving of recognition. Each student is required to submit a letter of college acceptance and a composition on the benefits of a CPS education for consideration.
Carol A. Crake Scholarship
Scholarship is available to a high school senior from Brown City, Peck, Sandusky, Marlette, North Branch or Port Hope already accepted to a 2 year or 4 year college or university. Total scholarship amount is $2,000.00. $500.00 is disbursed per semester for a maximum of 4 semesters, based on certain criteria being met – contact school counselor for more information.
Cheryl Thomas Memorial Scholarship
The Cheryl Thomas Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in her memory by her family. Cheryl was a respected, long-time coach in the Marlette Schools. Eligible applicants for the scholarship must be graduating seniors of Marlette High School and have participated in high school athletics.
Corey William Farr Scholarship
The Corey William Farr Scholarship Fund was established for the benefit of Croswell-Lexington graduating seniors seeking a higher education. Highly considered students will have maintained a C average or above, and are involved in soccer, baseball, or hockey. Scholastic potential, community service, and financial need may be considered when awarding this scholarship.
Croswell Rotary Fund
The Croswell Rotary Club established this fund in memory of Ty Gorton. It was created to assist Croswell-Lexington High School students paying for “Team Summer Sports Camps”. The emphasis of this fund is helping those in need. Eligibility is limited to students with an academic grade of “C or above”.
Croswell-Lexington Pioneers Scholarship Fund
The Croswell-Lexington Pioneers Scholarship is a collection of many gifts given for the benefit of graduating seniors who are pursuing post-secondary education. It is about being pioneers in education, community, and life.
Dale Ferguson Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was created in memory of Dale Ferguson by his loving family and is meant to benefit a graduating senior of Peck Jr./Sr. High School.
Daniel James Brabant Memorial Scholarship Fund
This scholarship has been created to commemorate the life of Daniel James Brabant. Dan was a graduate from Carsonville-Port Sanilac High School. He graduated with Honors from Michigan State University with a degree in Business and Economics and was an avid bow hunter, weight lifter, and Michigan State Fan.
Darwin Moriartey Memorial Scholarship Fund
This scholarship was established by Linda Poole in memory of her father, Darwin Moriartey. The recipient must be a Sandusky High School student going to college for Agriculture.
Daryl Walker Scholarship
Established in memory of Daryl Walker, Carsonville-Port Sanilac (CPS) Superintendent, recipients will be graduating seniors of CPS High School who will be attending a college/university/trade school and has demonstrated proven excellence in the academic and extracurricular areas. The scholarship is not limited to financial need, but this may be considered.
Dave Blank Athletic and Leadership Scholarship
This scholarship was created to commemorate the life of Dave Blank who was an outstanding athlete and leader in Sanilac County. This scholarship will be awarded annually to a Sandusky High School graduate with a 3.0 GPA or greater who has shown leadership skills and excelled at a sport for a minimum of two years.
The David Chmielewski 'Mr. C' Memorial Scholarship
This fund was established 2017 to honor the memory of David Chmielewski “Mr. C” who was a teacher at Brown City High School. Eligible students will be attending college (either community college or a 4-year university) to study in a science field and/or agriculture. They will possess a GPA of 3.0 or greater and demonstrate work ethic, volunteerism, and community service.
David W. and Judith A. Albrecht Family Scholarship Fund
Dave Albrecht, a 1966 graduate of Sandusky High School (SHS), was a successful businessman for over 30 years, a community volunteer, active in his church, very involved with his family, and a loyal Redskin fan. This scholarship was established in his memory to assist a graduating Sandusky High School student who exemplifies the characteristics of leadership, community service, and school spirit.
David Lockwood, Sr. Memorial Scholarship Fund
Created in memory of Mr. Lockwood, owner and operator of Lakeside Building Supplies, the income of the fund is distributed annually for the educational needs of a Croswell-Lexington graduating senior who will be pursuing education relative to building construction as determined by the David Lockwood, Sr. Memorial Scholarship Advisory Board. Mr. Lockwood died June 9, 2004, as a result of injuries sustained in a farm accident. The Scholarship Fund was established by Mr. Lockwood’s wife, Gail, and their two sons, David, Jr. and Steven. “My husband was always interested in helping young people”, shared Mrs. Lockwood. “He would be happy to know that he will continue to help them even now”.
Doug & Rose Banker Scholarship Fund
Doug & Rose Banker established this scholarship. The recipient must be a Sandusky High School graduating senior.
Dawn M. Dennison Scholarship Fund
The Dawn M. Dennison Scholarship Fund is to be awarded to a Croswell-Lexington graduating senior that is planning to enter the teacher profession, and has been a member of the National Honor Society and Student Council.
Dr. R. K. Hart / American Legion Scholarship Fund
The purpose of the Dr. R. K. Hart / American Legion Scholarship Fund is to provide scholarship(s) for the benefit of deserving graduating seniors from Croswell-Lexington High School. The scholarship candidate must be accepted and attend for at least half-time a post-secondary education institution, and must have been enrolled in one of the industrial arts an/or fine arts classes during their high school career.
Edward Huntoon Memorial Scholarship Fund
Provides scholarships to deserving graduates of Marlette High School who desire to further their education. Mr. Edward Huntoon, a former Marlette High School Industrial Arts teacher, will be remembered for his concern for the future of the youth of Marlette.
Edward Ralph & Ina Kinsley Scholarship Fund
The Edward Ralph & Ina Kinsley Scholarship fund was generously given as a gift from the Kinsley estate. The scholarship fund is designated to benefit the graduating students at Croswell-Lexington High school.
Esther M. Cuppen Scholarship Fund
Provides scholarships to deserving students, who are in need of financial assistance, graduating from either the Croswell-Lexington High School and/or the Carsonville-Port Sanilac High School planning to attend college in the field of Education. The Sanilac County Community Foundation or its designated representatives shall designate the student or students who are worthy to receive such scholarship(s).
Eastern Michigan Bank Scholarship
Scholarships available to graduating seniors from Croswell-Lexington High School, Harbor Beach High School, Sandusky High School, Port Huron High School, and Port Huron Northern High School. Preference will be given to students pursuing a financial, business, or marketing career.
Exchange State Bank Scholarship
Scholarships are provided to one graduating high school senior from Brown City, Carsonville-Port Sanilac, Croswell-Lexington, Deckerville, Peck, and Sandusky High Schools. Preference will be given to students pursuing a degree in accounting / finance / business studies.
Frank L. and Violet Hannan Scholarship
In 1974, Peck Community Schools was willed a portion of the estate of Frank L. and Violet Hannan to be used for scholarships for the students of Peck Community Schools. Mr. Hannan and his wife, Violet, were area farmers whose established place of business was in the south part of the school district on Jordan Road. The scholarships can be used for the first and/or second years of college.
Frederick M. Cady Scholarship Fund
This scholarship was established by the Sanilac County Association of School Boards to honor Mr. Fred Cady, who retired after 22 years as an educator and administrator in Sanilac County. Eligibility requirements are yet to be determined.
Fred Kalis Athletic Scholarship Fund
This scholarship was established in memory of Fred Kalis who was “active in the community as a mentor, teacher, youth leader, mayor, and church board member. He was often referred to as simply ‘the coach’ because he coached nearly every high school sport in Bad Axe”. The recipient of this scholarship must be a Bad Axe High School student who understands the value of high school athletics.
Garry Kettlewell Memorial Scholarship Fund
The Gary Kettlewell Scholarship is designate for a Peck High School graduating student who will be attending a college/university to pursue a degree in the agricultural field.
Gordon Pabst Scholarship Fund
The Gordon Pabst Scholarship Fund was established by Mr. Gordon Pabst a life-long resident of Marlette who dedicated his life to education working 28 years as an elementary teacher in the Marlette School System. Providing scholarship(s) graduating Sanilac County seniors planning to pursue a teaching degree from an accredited university. Preference will be given to students from Marlette Community Schools.
Harold & Dawn Titus Scholarship Fund
This scholarship was established to commemorate the lifetime accomplishments of Harold & Dawn Titus. Harold was a lifelong educator who influenced the lives of many students and community members of Sanilac County. Eligibility requirements are yet to be determined.
Henderson Family Scholarship Fund
This scholarship is provided by the Henderson Family to encourage interest in pursuing the STEM (SCience, Technology, Engineering, and Methematics) Fields. This scholarship will annually be awarded to a Sandusky High School graduating senior.
Hewitt-Riley Scholarship Fund
This scholarship was established in honor of Thomas Hewitt, a Croswell-Lexington High School Graduate, by his mother Mary Riley. The scholarship is made available to a Croswell-Lexington student with a C+ – B average who is planning to attend college. Special consideration will be given to those entering the field of agricultural studies.
Inez Peasley Scholarship Fund
This fund was established from the estate of Inez Peasley to provide scholarships to graduating Croswell-Lexington High School seniors. The fund was originally set up back when Cros-Lex was a rural agricultural school district, and still continues today because of faithful stewardship.
Isaac “Ike” Selick Law Enforcement Scholarship Fund
This fund was established as a memorial to Ike Selick who retired from the Detroit Police Department as a Detective Sergeant assigned to the Central Narcotics Bureau. A scholarship is given annually to a graduating senior pursuing a career in criminal justice.
James Mitchell Scholarship Fund
In 1974, James Mitchell was killed in a single vehicle rollover accident on M-46, near the current location of Carsonville-Port Sanilac (CPS) High School. From the time of his death, James’ father, Max Mitchell, invested memorial funds. Beginning in 1997, the earnings from those investments make possible an annual scholarship to a CPS graduate planning to pursue a career in a vocation or trade, and who would not normally be recognized for other scholarship awards.
James T. Whitfield Scholarship Fund
The James T. Whitfield Scholarship has the sole purpose of providing college scholarships to deserving graduating seniors from Croswell-Lexington High School who are entering the field of engineering.
Jimmy Johnston Memorial Scholarship Fund
The Jimmy Johnston Memorial Scholarship was established to honor the life of Jimmy by his family. It is available for Peck High School graduating seniors that display good moral character and sportsmanship.
Joan Monte Memorial Scholarship Fund
This scholarship was made in memory of Joan Monte by her family. The purpose of the fund is to provide scholarship(s) to a graduating Croswell-Lexington High School senior. Eligible students have participated in Remedial Reading or Remedial English programs in their junior and/or senior year, and plan to attend college at least half-time.
John & Lila Cook / Peck United Methodist Church 4-H Scholarship Fund
John, Lila and the Peck United Methodist Church have been longtime supporters of the 4-H community. Their hope is that this scholarship keeps that support and relationship alive for generations to come. Applicants must be an active Sanilac County 4-H member with a 2.5 GPA or greater. 4-H/Community achievements and activities are highly considered.
The Joseph B. Hoppinthal Scholarship Fund
The Joseph B. Hoppinthal Scholarship Fund was established in memory of Joe Hoppinthal of Croswell by his family. The scholarship is for a Sanilac County graduating senior, with preference given Croswell-Lexington students, who is planning to study agriculture just as Joe always wished he could have. Joe was a successful business man in the tool and die industry but always loved nature and the outdoors. The purpose of this scholarship is that Joe’s dream of being a farmer be carried on through a young person who also has the heart of a farmer.
Joseph C. Biernasz Memorial Scholarship Fund
The Joseph C. Biernasz Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in memory of Joseph Biernasz by his family. The scholarship is for a Croswell-Lexington graduating senior who has been awarded the “Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year Award” during their senior year.
Joshua Ross Memorial Scholarship Fund
This fund was established to keep the memory of Josh alive. It honors a graduating senior who most reflects his character, work ethic, interests, and goals.
Kenneth Alexander Memorial Scholarship Fund
This scholarship was established through the a gift from the Kenneth Alexander estate. The scholarship is awarded annually to a senior on the Peck High School girls softball team to defray the expenses of college or other post high school education.
Kent and Lucille Freeland Scholarship Fund
Mr. Freeland was a long-time dedicated teacher of physics and chemistry at Croswell-Lexington High School. He attended numerous National Science Foundation Seminars to provide his students with exciting and current science and technology. He inspired his students with a positive, respectful, and fun-learning environment. The Kent and Lucille Freeland Scholarship has been established for Croswell-Lexington High School graduates who have attained a minimum of a C average who is planning to major in physics or chemistry.
Kevin M. Pearce Memorial Scholarship Fund
Kevin M. Pearce, a 1985 graduate of Sandusky High School, passed away on January 24, 2001. He is remembered as an incredible person and friend who always “set the ‘bar’ higher for himself, and inspired others to achieve.” This scholarship was created in memory of Kevin to help give eligible students a chance to achieve, and to help inspire future generations.
Kim Rhead Leadership Scholarship Fund
Kim Rhead is a former state legislator from the 83rd District who now works in Lansing as a legislative and government affairs consultant. He and his wife, Margaret, decided to start a scholarship fund to give something back to the community in which they lived and raised their family for so many years. This money goes to help students active in their school, church, and community, but who fall through the college funding cracks. Awards go to gifted students, with special consideration to students that do not qualify for other assistance.
Mark S. Hund Scholarship Fund
This fund was established by the family and friends of Mark S. Hund, a long-time Sandusky High School principal. The scholarship is awarded annually to a SHS senior who has shown strength and determination. It is available for any form of career training or education.
Marlette Art Scholarship Fund
This scholarship was established to recognize the artistic talents of students at Marlette High School. To apply for this scholarship, students must upload a photo of a self-made work of art and submit it to the High School Art Instructor. The scholarship is awarded annually and the majority of funding is provided through the annual art show.
Melinda Philpot Memorial Scholarship
Created in memory of Melinda Philpot. Eligible recipients are Deckerville High School graduating seniors, planning a career in education.
Mike Stevens Scholarship
Created in memory of Mike Stevens, by his family & the employees of the Sanilac County Department of Human Services Agency, this scholarship is to be distributed annually for the continuing education needs of a graduating senior from one of the seven school districts in Sanilac County, including the Intermediate School District (ISD). Student must have maintained a 2.0 GPA and be accepted to an accredited college or university. Student must demonstrate the desire and determination to meet and overcome personal/family challenges or obstacles in achieving his/her educational goals, i.e., illness or disability of a family member or the student, violence or substance abuse in the home, abuse/neglect issues, financial hardships or fractured family.
Monica (Higgins) Sopha Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Monica’s family, in her memory. Scholarships may be distributed annually to one (1) high school senior from Sanilac County who has been accepted to any accredited four year college and one (1) college student, attending or planning to attend Central University, University of Michigan, Baker College, Saginaw Valley State University, Delta College or Davenport University. Student must be interested in pursuing a career in digital media, healthcare, or veterinary technology. Student must be able to demonstrate the desire to achieve his/her goals now and in the future.
Oscar & Amy Merriman Scholarship Fund
Oscar and Amy Merriman were respected leaders and farmers in the Deckerville area. This Fund was established in their memory by family members. The Merrimans valued education and the fund will provide scholarships for eligible students who graduate from Deckerville High School.
Peck United Methodist Church Scholarship
This scholarship was established to continue the community outreach of the Peck United Methodist Church. The Church was in operation for 129 years and continues to serve the students / families of Peck through this scholarship. Eligible Peck High School recipients should demonstrate volunteerism and pride in serving the Peck Community.
Port Sanilac Garden Club Scholarship
This scholarship is in memory of three individuals who all attended Peck and have since passed away (Ryan Martus, Ellen Foley, and Debbie Krantz). All three of these individuals were very active in athletics and school activities. This scholarship is available annually to a Peck graduating senior.
R.E.D. Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established by the Port Sanilac Garden Club. It is designated for a student entering agriculture/horticulture and related fields (refer application) from Carsonville-Port Sanilac Schools, Deckerville Schools, or that have attended the Sanilac Career Center.
Richard M. Coffelt Memorial Scholarship Fund
This fund was established by the family, in honor of Richard Coffelt, Band Director and Music Educator for 24 years. The scholarship is intended to promote music education and encourage students to pursue a career in music. Money is awarded at least annually to senior class students who are pursuing a career in music education after high school. Consideration will be given to students majoring or minoring in music, while in college.
Robb Family Scholarship Fund
This fund was established in memory of Mary Hart Robb, who was Croswell’s first teacher, and John Stuart Robb, who built the first schoolhouse. Mary came with her family from England, and John from Scotland in the mid-1850’s. They were married in 1857. The scholarships are awarded annually to Croswell-Lexington High School seniors who have been accepted in a four-year college program,
and who have shown potential for success in life. Preference is given to those planning to study science or teaching.
Robert Kenneth & Janette Grace Knight Scholarship
The Robert Kenneth & Janette Grace Knight Estate left the Marlette Community Schools a very generous gift to provide scholarship grants to deserving graduates of Marlette High School who desire to further their education. Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Knight will be remembered for their concern for the future of the youth of Marlette.
Sacred Heart Church Women's Auxilary Scholarship
This scholarship was established to continue the community outreach of the Women’s Auxiliaries from Brown City Sacred Heart, North Branch St. Peter, Clifford St. Patrick, and Burnside St. Mary. Applicants must have a 2.5 GPA or higher and an active member of their church and community.
Sandusky F.F.A. Scholarship Fund
The purpose of the Sandusky F.F.A. (Future Farmers of America) Scholarship is to recognize and reward outstanding F.F.A. members who have shown leadership in both school and community. Each school year, a scholarship is issued. The successful applicant must have been an active F.F.A. member, meet F.F.A. constitutional requirements, and have been in the Sandusky F.F.A. a minimum of one year.
Sanilac Medical Services Scholarship Fund
Fund established by the Sanilac Medical Control Authority to fund scholarships for EMS training.
Sheila Olbrich Fine Arts Scholarship
Established in memory of Sheila Olbrich, Drama Coach at Sandusky High School (SHS), recipient(s) will be SHS graduating seniors pursuing a career in Fine Arts and having performed well in Fine Arts while attending Sandusky High School.
Stanley M. Fetting Scholarship Fund
Scholarship created in memory of Stanley M. Fetting. Eligibility requirements are yet to be determined.
Stanley G. Herron Scholarship
Scholarship was created in memory of Stanley Herron. Recipient of scholarship will be a graduating senior from Marlette High School.
Suzanne Spencer Scholarship Fund
Suzanne was very proud of her hometown and her home state. She loved family and friends. She loved people. Being able to help the young people of her community pursue higher education would bring her much happiness. This fund was created to honor the memory of Suzanne Spencer, a 1962 graduate of Deckerville High School, by providing yearly scholarships for one or more graduating students of Deckerville High School.
Terry and Jackie Reid Scholarship Fund
Terry and Jackie Reid is awarded annually to new Marlette High School graduates who have been leaders and role models through athletics and academics. Terry Reid, was a longtime, coach, teacher, and administrator in Marlette. However, Terry’s career was defined as “Coach”, particularly in basketball. He led the Red Raider girls-basketball program for 21 seasons and coached Marlette boys in the game, at several levels, for about 25, years. From 1991 to ’97, he served as varsity coach of both the girls and boys. His spirit lives on through this scholarship, and thousands of students and friends he encountered, influenced and was inspired by during more than half century in education.
Thee Valhalla Scholarship Fund
“Valhalla” is Norwegian for “Viking Heaven”. Drawing from his Viking heritage and love for math, this fund was established in November of 2002 by a 26-year veteran teacher at Sandusky High School. The donor requests that recipients of this scholarship either establish a similar fund or donate back to this fund to perpetuate student interest in mathematics. Annual applications can be obtained through the Sandusky High School Counselor’s office. – Q.E.D.
Thorley Family Endowment Fund
The Advisory Board, with the assistance of Charles and/or Marlene Thorley or their heirs, work with the Croswell-Lexington School District to provide scholarships to those living within the district. This fund was established as part of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Challenge of 1996.
Walls/Flannigan Scholarship Fund
The Walls/Flannigan Scholarship Fund was established in 200 by Jane Walls and her husband, William “Dixie” Flannigan. Mrs.Walls was a dedicated first grade teacher in the Croswell-Lexington schools for over twenty years. Her college education was interrupted first by WWII, and then marriage and a family. When she was suddenly widowed at age 44, she found herself with two teenage sons still at home, a family farm, and very few resources. She realized that the field of education would provide her with both security and a vocation. She returned to college, graduating with her Bachelor’s degree with high honors and later completed her Master’s Degree in Teaching. Her dedication to teaching and learning was unparalleled. She regarded the teaching of first graders to be one of her greatest accomplishments. William Flannigan went into the carpenter business building many fine homes around the Croswell Lexington area. He believed that honest hard work would not only put calluses on your hands but build integrity and character in an individual. They hoped the scholarship would ease the financial burden of worthy students and provide opportunities that they themselves were not allowed. The scholarship is available to a Croswell-Lexington High School seniors.
Winston D. McCanham Memorial Scholarship Fund
The Winston D. McCanham Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a student in good academic standing at the point of graduation from Peck High School.
Wixson Trust Fund
Brother and sister Harold and Sylvia Wixson (both now deceased) maintained a homestead on Wildcat Road. They established this fund to assist one or more seniors annually to further their education. They were particularly concerned about providing help for those students who may be overlooked because, though very capable of continuing their education, they may not have outstanding GPA’s.
Donor Advised Funds
Bonnie Wallace Endowment Fund
This fund was established in memory of Bonnie Mintz Wallace who was killed in an automobile accident in July of 1997. Proceeds from this fund are distributed at the discretion of the Advisory Board.
David and Gail Tubbs Fund
This fund has been established to support a variety of philanthropic endevours throughout Sanilac County. The Tubbs family wishes to continue and inspire a legacy of giving back to their community.
Elfrieda Conrad Endowment Fund
Dr. Elfrieda Conrad has been in practice in Sandusky since 1952. When she established her fund, she chose Kentuckiana Children Center, which services special needs children. The fund was established in 1957 as a non-profit organization. Her wish is to continue chiropractic healthcare to children.
John & Lois Donovan Endowment Fund
Being highly involved in, and concerned about, their community, the Donovans of Croswell founded this endowment fund in March of 1999. It provides an annual scholarship for a Croswell-Lexington High School graduate, or is used to support the Sanilac County Drug Task Force Rewards Fund. The choice is determined each year by the Fund’s Advisory Board.
Oldford Family Fund
This fund was established by the Gene & Sandy Oldford family to help fund those charitable or educational purposes benefiting persons or institutions in Sanilac County. The Fund Advisory Board will distribute the income of the fund at least annually.
Sefton-Leggett Legacy Fund
Gary & Donna Sefton and Paul & Faye Leggett believed strongly in the value of hard work, community, generosity and partnership. Their mission through this Legacy Fund is to afford designated Sanilac County organizations/institutions or individuals an opportunity to receive financial assistance for the benefit of all in the community. Supported by the Sefton-Leggett Legacy Fund are individuals with a current diagnosis of breast cancer. Such a diagnosis has wide-ranging effects on physical, emotional, and mental health. This Fund is designed to assist folks during periods of active treatment and may cover the following: screenings, labs, assist with transportation to appointment(s) at treatment facilities (within Michigan), child care while individual attends treatment appointments, wigs, compression sleeves, over-the-counter medicines that assist in decreasing side-effects during treatment, facilitate attending support groups, etc. Those interested in seeking assistance from this fund should submit a written request along with a recommendation from their doctor to email@example.com
Trina V. Buskirk Endowment Fund for Community Enhancement
This fund was established in appreciation of Sanilac County. This community was a wonderful place for the Buskirk family to live and do business. This fund is intended to enhance life in Sanilac County.
Tubbs Family Endowment for the Arts Fund
A passion to provide cultivation and support for fine, performing and creative arts for residents of Sanilac County drove Donald and Carolyn Tubbs and their families to establish this fund in 1998. Awards of grants or scholarships are at the discretion of the Fund’s Advisory Board.
Sanilac County Blood Bank Endowment Fund
Established in 1997 by the Red Cross Chapter of Sanilac County, this fund was organized to perpetuate the wishes of various donors that Red Cross services, specifically the Blood Bank services, remain in Sanilac County. Distributions from these earnings go toward promotional and maintenance programs for blood donations.
Blue Water Council Boy Scouts of America Endowment Fund
In order to promote continuous growth and operation of the Blue Water Council of Boy Scouts, this fund allows earnings to be distributed to the chapter semi-annually or as requested.
Deckerville Community Hospital Endowment Fund
Continuous improvement of community health care was a motivating factor for the Board of Directors of Deckerville Community Hospital when they established this fund in December of 1998. By establishing a perpetual endowment for the hospital, earnings are returned to ensure community health care.
Girl Scouts of Southeast Michigan
Fund established to help support the Girl Scouts – Michigan Waterways Council, Inc.
Sanilac County Community Foundation’s Joseph & Nellie Pepper Wagner Administrative Fund
The primary focus of this fund is to help cover Administrative costs of the Sanilac County Community Foundation.
Marlette Community Schools Scholarship Fund
In the future, teachers will be able to apply for education grants. These education grants are designed to enhance classroom instruction, through the implementation of new curriculum and/or programs.
Marlette Historical Society/Depot Museum Fund
This fund was established to provide preservation and mission related support for the Marlette Historical Society/Depot Museum.
McKenzie Memorial Hospital Endowment Fund
During their 1998 Capital Campaign, the Development Council recognized the need for creating a permanent endowment with the Foundation, as part of their continuous donor development. Individuals are able to donate to McKenzie Memorial Hospital, and are eligible for additional tax credits. Proceeds from the fund are distributed at the discretion of the Hospital Board of Trustees.
Purl L. and Helen B. Wark Fund
The Purl L. and Helen B. Wark fund was formed for the support and benefit of the Croswell-Lexington Athletic Department Track and Field events. This permanently endowed fund provides support for the Track, Field, and Cross Country programs as well as to purchase equipment for these sports.
Sanilac Area Violence Elimination Council Fund
This fund was established to provide mission related support for the Sanilac Area Violence Elimination Council. The fund was established in recognition of the SAVE Council’s 20 years of service in Sanilac County. The SAVE Council directly oversees the operation of EVAS Place, a domestic violence shelter as well as providing the community with prevention education.
Sanilac County Child Abuse Prevention Council Fund
The prevention of child abuse requires continuous education. The Sanilac County Child Abuse Prevention Council (SCCAPC) promotes the safe and healthy development of children and families through community education and development. SCCAPC acknowledges that by being a part of the Sanilac County Community Foundation, additional funds can be directed toward their program. This fund was founded in April of 2002 through vision and caring on the part of the SCCAPC Council.
Sanilac County Historical Society Fund
Keeping history alive, especially the history of Sanilac County, is the goal of the founders of this fund. Acting to provide leverage with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Challenge of 1996, proceeds are directed for use at the Sanilac County Museum in Port Sanilac.
Sanilac County United Way Endowment Fund
The local chapter of the United Way had an endowed fund that they transferred to the Sanilac County Community Foundation for “safe keeping”. The fund has been invested for a perpetual source of revenues generated from the interest of the original investment. These proceeds go toward supporting the local United Way cause.
Sefton-Leggett Legacy Fund
Gary & Donna Sefton and Paul & Faye Leggett believed strongly in the value of hard work, community, generosity and partnership. Their mission through this Legacy Fund is to afford designated Sanilac County organizations/institutions or individuals an opportunity to receive financial assistance for the benefit of all in the community. In the spirit of this mission, the Legacy Fund will support the Sanilac County Sheriff’s office by assisting with grant matches, scholarships, equipment or specialized training to support the good work of the Sheriff’s Office in their pursuit of public safety and the advancement of special projects at the discretion of the Sherriff.
St. John's Wallace Memorial Fund
This fund was established in memory of Bonnie Mintz Wallace who was killed in an automobile accident in July of 1997. Proceeds of this fund are directed to benefit St. John Lutheran Church of Port Sanilac.
Thumb’s Up For Kids Endowment Fund
This fund was established to provide an additional avenue to which Thumb’s Up For Kids donors could contribute money. Income from this fund is distributed to Thumb’s Up For Kids annually to help provide a special “wish” for children of the Thumb Region who have a terminal or life-threatening illness.