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Canton Community Foundation
Canton Community Foundation

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Scholarship Funds

We're proud to support our community's students and their educational endeavors by offering numerous scholarships. Our program includes financial aid opportunities for students of all ages who are at different stages in their educational pursuits, as well as a number of different areas of study.

Our online scholarship application opens in early January and remains open until mid-March.  Scholarships recipients are notified in May; and funds are sent directly to schools for the fall semester.

A description of each scholarship offered through the Canton Community Foundation is listed below. 

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The Church and Rodenberg families created this scholarship fund in memory of former Plymouth-Canton Community Schools educator and principal, Barbara Church Rodenberg. The scholarship is open to high school seniors graduating from Plymouth-Canton Community Schools with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and planning to attend any college or university with a STEM or Education major.

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This scholarship is open to current students at PCEP, Plymouth/Canton charter schools, any homeschooled student living within the boundaries of the Plymouth/Canton community, or Plymouth/Canton residents currently attending any college or university.  Students must be planning to attend any college or university as a full-time student.  Applicants must have maintained a GPA of 3.5 or higher and be pursuing a degree in History, Anthropology, Museum Studies, Historical Education or other like field.  A short essay describing what inspired you to pursue a history-related field and what you hope to achieve/experience with your future degree is required. 

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This scholarship is open to all senior high school students currently participating in a recognized Police Explorer program at a police department within Wayne County or planning to major in Criminal Justice.  Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a letter of recommendation from their agency adviser.

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The Canton Soccer Club created this scholarship fund to support current and past Canton Soccer Club participants. The scholarship is open to any Michigan resident that has played with the Canton Soccer Club for at least four years. They must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 and a letter of recommendation from a teacher or coach.

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Frank Schupra, a resident of Waltonwood - Cherry Hill in Canton, Michigan, created a scholarship for employees of this senior-living residence as a way to thank these young people for the service and kindness that they provide the residents of Waltonwood. The scholarship is open to graduating seniors and current college students who are employed by Waltonwood - Cherry Hill.

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The Denski daughters were both active as cheerleaders when they attended Plymouth-Canton Schools. During their four years of dedication to the sport, the family was given a full perspective of the commitment of cheerleading in balancing practice and games with maintaining studies to prepare for college. This scholarship is open to all senior cheerleaders graduating from the Plymouth/Canton Community School District who are planning to attend any college or university as a full-time student. Applicants must have a minimum of 40 hours of documented community service. Applicants must also provide a letter of recommendation from their cheerleading coach.

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The creators of this scholarship fund wanted to memorialize Dustin Piepsney. This scholarship is available to all Plymouth-Canton Community School student athletes involved in wrestling, football, or baseball. Applicants may attend any college or university as a full-time student. Applicants must have a letter of recommendation from their coach.

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The Durack family created this scholarship fund as a way to memorialize Elizabeth. The scholarship is available to all "non-traditional" students who plan to attend any college or university in Michigan. A non-traditional student is generally someone beginning college later in life or returning to college following an extended absence.

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The children of Eve Grigg created this scholarship fund in memory of their mother, Eve Grigg. This scholarship is available to one or more eligible students who are current or former graduates of Bad Axe High School, have a GPA of at least 3.25 and a minimum of 20 hours of documented community service at the time of graduation.

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The Thomann family created this scholarship as a memorial to Fred Thomann, whose two passions were basketball and teaching. This scholarship is available to all student athletes graduating from the Plymouth-Canton Community School District. Applicants must be majoring in Education at any college or university.  Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. A letter of recommendation is required from both a coach and a teacher (the two may not be the same person).

 

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Heather's mother, Dana Willis, created this scholarship in memory of her daughter. Heather was a graduate of Starkweather Academy and a budding artist. This scholarship is open to all graduating seniors enrolled at the Starkweather Academy who are planning to attend Schoolcraft College as a full- or part-time student with any major, and with an appreciation of art. Students attending a college, university or trade school other than Schoolcraft are eligible; however Schoolcraft College will match funds for this scholarship. Art samples must be provided.

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Margaret and Jack Demmer created this scholarship fund to assist students with college costs. It is open to all graduating seniors or current college students attending any college or university with any major. The scholarship requires that the applicant has maintained a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

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Patricia Maurer created this scholarship fund in memory of her son, Jason Russell Maurer. These scholarships are available to graduating high school seniors and those who just completed their freshman year of college and who attend Woodside Bible Church - Troy Campus. This scholarship requires that the applicant attend Woodside Bible Church regularly and have documented community service. Scholarships may be awarded to those attending any college, university or trade school.

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Gayle and Jerry Grady created this scholarship fund to support students majoring in Accounting at Eastern Michigan University. The Gradys and EMU are matching funds to make this scholarship possible. Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students should apply through Eastern Michigan University's College of Business.

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The Torp family created this scholarship in memory of Keith Patrick Torp to benefit a Plymouth-Canton Community School District graduating senior who plans to attend either University of Michigan or Washtenaw Community College.

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Lead Like a Girl scholarships are available to girls who are participating in the Lead Like a Girl program run by Canton Township's BLOCK program. Lead Like a Girl is a leadership program for middle and high school girls designed to build confidence, self-esteem and leadership skills in young women.

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This scholarship was created in memory of Linda Hutchinson, a long-time secretary at Model High School in Bloomfield Hills. The scholarship is available to all seniors graduating from Model High School or from the Bloomfield Hills School District that embody competencies shared by both Linda and Model High School. Appliants should apply through the Counseling Office at Model High School.

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Livonia firefighters from Local 1164 created this scholarship for any Livonia resident who is a graduating high school senior from any high school. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.5, two letters of recommendation (one teacher/counselor and one personal reference).  A 500-word essay describing how they have made difference in their school or community is also required. Students may attend any college, university or trade school, and choose any course of study.

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The Treadwell family created this scholarship to honor Marjorie and Donald Treadwell and their commitment to Grosse Ile schools, student achievement, and community service. The scholarship is available to Grosse Ile Public School students who are graduating with a minimum 3.5 GPA and have demonstrated extra-curricular and community involvement.

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Marvin Schulz's family created this scholarship as a way to memorialize Marv, who was an educator for many years and had a love for his students as well as the University of Michigan. The scholarship is available to all students graduating from the Plymouth-Canton Community School District who plan to attend either the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor or the University of Michigan - Dearborn.

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This scholarship was created in memory of Meredith Whalen, a Canton High School alumni who went on to graduate from the University of Michigan with a business degree. Following graduation, she accepted a position with the investment firm of Fred Alger Management in New York City. On September 11, 2001, Meredith was killed in the World Trade Center attack. This scholarship is available to all female students graduating from the Plymouth-Canton Community School District who plan to attend any college or university majoring in business.

 

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This fund was created to memorialize Robert Loyd, a long-time educator in the Allen Park School District.  These scholarships are open to graduating seniors from the Allen Park Public School system with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75.  The candidate must plan on attending any college or university as a full-time student and be pursuing a degree in either History, Political Science, Social Studies or Education.  Students interested in applying will be asked to write a short essay describing what inspired you to pursue a degree in one of these fields and what you hope to achieve/experience with your future. 

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