The Community Foundation of St. Clair County administers a variety of scholarship funds - both traditional scholarships and nontraditional - Come Home Award and Complete Your Degree. The scholarship funds were established by individuals and organizations wanting to assist students in obtaining a college or vocational education and each have their own set of specific criteria.
The scholarships listed below with the expandable boxes are all traditional scholarships. These are awarded at the ‘front-end’ of your college education and paid directly to your college or university. Traditional scholarships are available beginning in early January of each year with a priority deadline of mid-March.
We also offer a Come Home Award. This scholarship may be awarded once you have completed your degree, as an incentive to come back to St. Clair County to work and live. Come Home Award applications are accepted year-round.
Scholarship AmbassadorsThe following organizations are Community Foundation Scholarship Ambassadors. They have been trained on navigating our scholarship portal and are available to help answer questions and guide you through the application process. Click on the organization for contact information.
Alexander & Celestine Lamere Fund
Mr. and Mrs. Lamere created this fund to provide support beyond tuition for students attending St. Clair County Community College. Celestine was a teacher for over 30 years and spent her entire career at the elementary school in Marine City.
This fund is a proud supporter of our Complete Your Degree success program and is restricted to current and former graduates of Marine City High School, with a preference for students with a minimum 3.5 GPA.
Barbara Ann Kessler Saph Memorial Scholarship
Mr. Val A. Saph and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kessler established this scholarship fund for St. Clair High School and Marine City High School students. The recipients, chosen by the High School Principal or a committee appointed by principal, must meet the criteria set in leadership, need, good academic standing, and strong service to their school and community.
Bert D. & Rose E. Wright Memorial Scholarship Fund
Charles K. Wright established this fund in the name of his parents, Bert D. and Rose E. Wright, to provide scholarships to students attending St. Clair County Community College in a business program.
This fund is a proud supporter of our Complete Your Degree success program.
Beth Linscheid Duff Memorial Scholarship
In 2011 the Beth Linscheid Duff Memorial Scholarship was created. This scholarship fund will award scholarships to graduating seniors of Port Huron High School and Port Huron Northern High School.
Beth Linscheid Duff grew up in Port Huron before moving on to the University of Michigan and eventually earning four master degrees. Among many things, Beth valued education, along with public service and conservation. Beth passed away on St. Patrick’s Day 2010 after a 10-year battle with cancer. She left a strong legacy not only at her job but also to her family, her community and the world.
To be eligible for the Beth Lindscheid Duff Memorial Scholarship, students must:
- Be a graduating senior of Port Huron High or Port Huron Northern High School
- Recipient will be determined based on difficulty of class load (AP Class and/or college level courses) and achievement
- Demonstrate high level of participation in extra curricular activities/community involvement
Blue Water Shipmaster's Fund
Established by Captain James C. Acheson in partnership with the International Ship Master’s Association Lodge #2, income from this fund will provide scholarships for a Blue Water resident attending the Deck or Engineering program at either the Great Lakes Maritime Academy in Traverse City, MI, the Great Lakes International Marine Training Centre, Georgian College in Owen Sounds, Ontario, or the St. Clair County Community College transfer program in Port Huron, MI.For more info:
Charles Myron & Betty Gossman Veterans FundThis fund was established by his children in recognition of Mr. Gossman receiving the 1996 “Veteran of the Year” award from the St. Clair County Allied Veterans Council.
To be eligible for the Charles Myron & Betty Gossman Veterans Scholarship, applicants must:
- Be a St. Clair County Resident
- Be an honorably discharged military veteran or be the child of a veteran, or have attended Garfield Elementary
- Be enrolled as a full-time student at St. Clair County Community College
- Have maintained a “C” average prior to entering St. Clair County Community College
Applicants will be selected based on financial need, community involvement and academic performance.
Douglas & Elda L. Webb Scholarship Fund
Douglas and Elda Webb have lived in Florida for over two decades, but always considered Port Huron their home. A bequest gift from Mrs. Webb established the Douglas and Elda Webb Scholarship Fund. This scholarship fund provides tuition assistance to graduates of a Port Huron high school attending a community college, trade, business or technical school in St. Clair County.
This fund is a proud supporter of our Complete Your Degree success program.
Everett D. "Pete" Vincent and Mary Jane Vincent Scholarship Fund
Pete and his wife Mary Jane created a scholarship fund because Pete was a physical education major from Central Michigan University and wanted local students pursuing a similar degree to have an opportunity for a scholarship.
The Fund will provide scholarships to full-time students who will or have graduated from Port Huron High School, Port Huron Norther High School or any other Port Huron based public high school with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on 4.0 scale) and majoring in physical education at Central Michigan University.
Evonne L. VanderHeuvel Scholarship
In 2012, the Evonne VanderHeuvel Scholarship Fund was established in memory of long-time Port Huron Area School District teacher Evonne L. VanderHeuvel.
Mrs. VanderHeuvel taught journalism and led her students to the completion of several award winning yearbooks. She retired from teaching in 1996 and she and her husband, Ed, enjoyed operating Van’s Greenhouse at the corner of Krafft and Parker Roads for many years.
To be eligible for this scholarship students must:
- Be a graduating senior of Port Huron Northern High School
- Be a member of the Port Huron Northern High School yearbook staff
F. William & Patricia D. Schwarz Fund
To be eligible for the F. William and Patricia Schwarz Scholarship, students must:
- Be a graduating senior of St. Clair High School or Marine City High School
- Be a St. Clair County resident
Father Rene Desmarais & Sister Margaret Dowd Scholarship
The late Reverend Rene L. Desmarais was a life-long resident of Port Huron. Known and loved by many, he was a man of compassion for his community and the ministry. From 1969 to his passing in 2006, Father Desmarais was the director of campus ministries at St. Clair County Community College and the Newman Center. He was also pastor at St. Joseph Church beginning in 1990 and St. Stephen beginning in 2004.
His service to the community went beyond his parishes. He served on committees and boards with Mercy Hospital and helped create the People’s Clinic. As a spiritual leader, teacher and volunteer, Father Desmarais showed his care and love for the community and its residents.
Another long-term area resident and Port Huron native, Sister Margaret Dowd led her ministries in Port Huron from 1966 to 2013 as a teacher at St. Stephen High School, and as a campus minister at St. Clair County Community College and the John Courtney Newman Center. In 1991, she became co-director of the John Courtney Newman Center and continued in this ministry until 2004.
Through the Father Rene Desmarais & Sister Margaret Dowd Scholarship Fund, their love and generosity will live on. The fund bearing their names provides support for students meeting the following criteria:
Howard A. Acheson Memorial Fund
This fund was established to provide scholarships for students training for careers in chemistry or engineering. Candidates are selected on academic achievement, with a secondary bias on economic need.
To be eligible for the Howard A. Acheson Memorial Scholarship, students must:
- Be a chemistry major or training for a career in an engineering discipline
- Be a St. Clair County resident
Jack S. Campbell Memorial Fund
This fund was established by Mary M. Campbell to provide tuition assistance to students who desire to further their education at a Michigan education institute and will be majoring in a STEM related field. Preference will be given to residents (or their family members) who are employed full time in the wholesale industrial supply and lighting business.
James Wilhelm Memorial Scholarship Fund
This fund was established by Dr. Daniel J. and Marcia A. Wilhelm in memory of their son, James T. Wilhelm. He was killed in a car accident in July 1987. The 23-year-old was the 1981 Golf Association of Michigan Junior Amateur Champion and was considered one of Port Huron’s outstanding athletes.
This fund provides academic scholarships for scholar-athletes from area high schools, pursuing a college degree or other secondary education.
John F. & Rose Marie Wismer Community Foundation Scholarship
John F. Wismer and Rose Marie Wismer Mr. and Mrs. Wismer were long time residents of the Blue Water Area. At the time of Mr. Wismer’s death, no one contributed more to the Port Huron area or had a greater impact as philanthropists on this area.
The John F. Wismer and Rose Marie Wismer Community Foundation Scholarship will provide a renewable scholarship to graduating students of a St. Clair County high school for as long as they pursue a bachelor’s degree. Candidates must demonstrate high intellectual and academic achievement and will be evaluated on their interest and respect for their fellow citizens, the ability to lead, and successful involvement in fine arts, athletics, co-curricular activities, service work and economic need.
To be eligible for this scholarships, students must:
- Be a St. Clair County resident
- Be a graduating senior of a high school in St. Clair County
- Demonstrate high intellectual and academic achievement and will be evaluated on their interest and respect for their fellow citizens, the ability to lead, and successful involvement in fine arts, athletics, co-curricular activities and service work
Joseph Caimi Scholarship Fund
This fund was established on February 4, 2004 to provide scholarship support as follows:
- Graduates of Algonac High School
- Eligible students may be pursuing a college education at any college or university in the United States
- Primary selection will be based on economic need with a secondary emphasis on community involvement
- Preference will be given to students pursuing a degree in education
Kenneth & Verl Fleury Foundation Scholarship
Scholarships for graduating seniors of Cros-Lex, Port Huron High School and Port Huron Northern High School. Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA.
Memphis High School Alumni Association Fund
This fund was established by the Memphis High School Alumni Association on December 23, 2005 to provide scholarships for the benefit of graduating seniors who have attended Memphis High School from 9th through 12th grades.
Primary selection will be based on economic need with a secondary emphasis on community involvement and a requirement of at least a 2.5 GPA.
It may be used to pursue a post secondary education at any college, university, trade or vocational school.
“The two cardinal reasons that Memphis High School Alumni Association voted to create an endowment scholarship fund with the Community Foundation of St. Clair County were to have a greater opportunity to make larger awards in the near future, and to help insure the continued existence of a M.H.S.A.A. Scholarship.” – Hildred Lewis, Memphis High School Alumni Association
Pauline Groff Music Scholarship Endowment
This fund, established by Patricia Schwarz in memory of Pauline Groff, offers music scholarships for outstanding students selected by the Port Huron Music Teachers Association.
This scholarship requires a special application.
1. The applicant must be a high school senior who is planning on attending an accredited School of Music in the fall, or a college freshman currently attending and accepted into a School of Music. Auditions may be conducted before a high school senior student has learned of their acceptance into a music school. If the student is determined eligible for the award, and later learns they are not accepted into the School of Music, the award must be forfeited.
2. The applicant may choose between sending a DVD of their performance by March 31; or attend a live audition and perform their music memorized. Audition times and location will be determined after receipt of the application.
- Recorded auditions must include: a photo copy (judges will destroy the copies upon use) of the music performed, with measures numbered. The DVD must be labeled with the applicants name and titles of the pieces. The performance must include 2 or 3 pieces from different musical eras, in contrasting styles, less than 15 minutes total in duration.
- Live auditions must include 2 or 3 pieces from different musical eras, one of which is memorized, from different musical eras, in contrasting styles, less than 15 minutes total in duration.
3. The applicant must submit a questionnaire listing their music experiences in the past, their present involvement with music and their future plans in a music career. The questionnaire may be found as part of the application below.
4. Include a written recommendation from your music teacher.
5. All applications, recommendations, “taped performance” and other applying necessities must be submitted before March 31 to Pauline Groff Committee Chair, Ruth Fry, 2102 8th St., Port Huron, MI 48060.
For additional information contact Ruth Fry at (810) 989-9516 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Marcia Collins at (810) 984-8046.
Port Huron Area School District Scholarship Fund founded by Cyril Smith & James T. Kreger Memorial Funds
The James T. Kreger Memorial Committee established the James T. Kreger Memorial Scholarship Fund. This scholarship fund was established to support the educational needs of students from Port Huron Northern or Port Huron High School.
Lois C. Smith created the Cyril Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund in 1990. The fund is in memory of her husband, Mr. Cyril Smith. Mr. Smith was a teacher at Port Huron Northern High School.
Randy Sugars Memorial Scholarship
Randy Sugars passed away before he could realize his dream of enlisting in the Marine Corps. In his memory, the Sugars family established a scholarship fund that recognizes the qualities that Randy admired, including a spirit of patriotism, good citizenship, community involvement and military service.
To be eligible for the Randy Sugars Memorial Scholarship, applicants must:
- Be a current or past graduate of St. Clair High School
- Maintain a 2.5 GPA upon high school graduation
- Demonstrate a spirit of patriotism and exemplary citizenship through community involvement, volunteerism, military service and/or support of military families
- Both recent graduates and adults returning home from military service are encouraged to apply
River District Hospital Auxiliary McFern-Smeltzer Scholarship
This scholarship fund is named after Genevieve McFern and Ann Smeltzer. McFern was a member of the hospital governing board - she served on a number of committees and was well-known in the community. Smeltzer was a Canadian-American nurse who donated monies specifically for health education.
Applicants must be enrolled in at least their second year of a health care related course of study and must reside in St. Clair County.
Robert & Marilyn Kovach Scholarship Endowment Fund
This fund provides scholarships for students of Yale High School who meet the following criteria:
- Be a graduating senior
- Will be attending St. Clair County Community College
- Have a minimum 2.5 GPA
- Preference for students not receiving the Michigan Merit Award
Robert & Sophie Mordis Student Success Fund
This fund provides scholarships to qualified individuals in accordance with the criteria and preferences outlined below. This includes support for life needs during students' college education, thereby removing some financial barriers and increasing the chances for successfully completing a college degree.
Criteria for scholarship eligibility will be as follows:
- Demonstrated life need for expenses such as, but not limited to, stable housing, food, reliable transportation, nominal health expenses and childcare
- Preference given to Community Foundation of St. Clair County current or former scholarship recipient
- Students must be in good academic standing
This scholarship requires a special application.
For more information call (810) 984-4761.
St. Clair Foundation Fund
This fund provides scholarships to graduates of St. Clair High School.
St. Clair High School Scholarship Fund founded by the Trumble and Frank & Bula Carney Memorial Funds
The Trumble Scholarship Fund was established in memory of Merlin Trumble, Lester Trumble and LuLu E. Trumble.
The Carney Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in memory of Dr. Frank Carney and Mrs. Bula Carney. Dr. Frank V. Carney was born in LaGrange, Indiana on October 24, 1885. He attended LaGrange High School graduating in 1905 and after teaching five years in elementary school in LaGrange he entered the Detroit College of Medicine, graduating in 2015.
Dr. Carney came to St. Clair in 1915 to practice medicine. Then duty called and he spent 13 months in the Medical Corps during World War I. He returned to St. Clair where he remained the rest of his life. At the time of his death he was completing his 15th term as Mayor of St. Clair. He died of a heart attack during lung surgery.
Dr. Carney was a quiet but very active man dedicated to his town ‘St. Clair’. Not only was he Mayor for 15 terms, but also served four years as alderman. In addition, he was a member of the school board for 24 years, active in three hospitals - St. Clair, Mercy, and Port Huron. He actively worked for better schools, roads, hospitals, city hall, fire hall, park improvements and the rebuilding of the Methodist Church and other city improvements too numerous to mention.
St. Clair Music Study Club Endowment
Music scholarships for residents and/or students of the East China School District in grades 7-11 who have studied one year or more with an accredited music teacher and/or a member of a band or chorale group. Must audition and have a letter of recommendation.
This scholarship requires a special application. Application information is available in January of each year with auditions being held the beginning of March.
Multiple scholarships are awarded each year and include:
- Patron Scholarship – Piano, Voice or Instrumental
- Dr. Richard Sargent Scholarship – Instrumental
- Betty Winslow Piano Scholarship – Piano
- Dr. JT Winslow Vocal Scholarship – Voice
- Mary Moore Organ Scholarship
- A. Haas Scholarship in memory of George W & Lillian L McLeod - Piano, Voice or Instrumental
For additional information contact Mr. Scott Fryer at (810) 676-1838 or email@example.com
The St. Clair Music Study Club was organized in May of 1930 by a group of St. Clair women. The purpose of the Club was to study music and promote music appreciation.
The Club usually had a theme- opera, music of the times, chorus, symphonic, etc.- and that theme guided their programs through the year. Upon the start of the Club, they soon started their first of many on-going projects, the “Christmas present”, a Christmas program for the community that included solos and instrumentals.
The Club also took on Music at the Gazebo. This program continued until the Club ended in 2001-2002. Upon the ending of the Clubs programs, they still were very interested in nurturing young musicians through scholarships and have continued to do so through this scholarship fund.
The individuals named in the scholarships provided by this fund all played a significant role in the St. Clair Music Study Club throughout the years.
Betty Winslow served as president of the Club for eight terms. She initiated “Patron Membership”, Music at the Gazebo and created a piano scholarship. Betty passed away in 2011 after giving many years to the community.
Agness Haas was a long time choir participant and member of the St Clair Music Study Club, and was also active in the choir at St. Peters Lutheran Church. She came to St Clair in 1949 and passed away there in 2006 at the age of 95. She had a great passion for music and helping people.
George and Lillian McLeod dedicated their lives to music education. Before and after coming to St Clair in 1953, George taught music at the University of Detroit and the Musical Institute of Arts in Detroit, and directed numerous choirs and choral groups. He directed the St Clair Music Study Club choir, gave private voice lessons in the area, and was also choir director for the Congregational Church in St Clair as well as several churches in Port Huron. He passed away in St Clair in 1970 at the age of 68. Lillian also taught piano in her home to many young students in St Clair. She also sang in the Music Study Club and Congregational Church choirs, while raising six children. She passed away in St Clair in 1994 at the age of 78. The McLeod’s brought a music culture to St Clair that greatly enhanced the community over many decades!
Vera Fuller Hansen Educational Trust Fund
Vera Fuller Hansen was born on September 24, 1904 in Algonac. As a child she attended Pte. Tremble School where she later taught. Vera graduated in 1923 from Algonac High School. She taught in the Algonac School System for many years.
Vera also owned and operated the Vera Fuller Real Estate Office in Clay Twp. She was a member of the Eastern Star of Marine City.
She married Walter Hansen in 1947 in New Baltimore. Walter died in 1987. He was a member of the Algonac Rotary Club and a veteran of World War I. He worked with his wife at Vera Fuller Real Estate and was a wheelsman on the Great Lakes.
Vera died on May 26, 2004 at the age of 99. Upon her wishes that scholarships be given from her estate, a trust was established with the Community Foundation of St. Clair County in her name. Vera had requested that students living in both Algonac & Marine City who “wished to help people in their profession” be considered for scholarships.
The Fuller Hansen Education Trust Fund was established on December 10, 2004 to provide scholarship support as follows:
- To graduating high school seniors or those who have graduated from high school no more than twelve months prior to submitting the application for the purpose of furthering their education at such college or university as the students may desire to attend for the purpose of becoming doctors, medical technicians, dentists, research scientists, ministers, teachers, or such other professions or pursuits that will benefit mankind
- Applicants must be a resident of Algonac, Clay Township, Marine City or Cottreville Township with continuous residency of at least twelve months prior to submitting the application
- Applicant must provide two written letters of recommendation, at least one of which must be from a teacher, minister or pastor. The other may be from any other source, excluding family members
- Grantable funds from the Fuller Hansen Education Trust Fund will be divided between Algonac, Clay Township and Cottreville Township, Marine City
Frequently Asked Questions
Answer the pre-qualifying questions completely and honestly. This will generate a list of scholarship funds for which you are eligible. Checkmark all that appear and create your profile. Returning students should log in to your existing profile.
Once you answer the pre-qualifying questions and start an application you do not need to answer them again. Doing so will only create duplicate applications. Instead, log into your account and resume your application via the Student Dashboard.
College students – An unofficial transcript or internet printout of your transcript is acceptable as long as it is a complete transcript of your college work to date, is clearly labeled with your name, current academic year, your cumulative grade point average, and the name of the college or university.
High school seniors – your complete transcript, including: your first semester senior-year grades, cumulative grade point average, SAT score, and class rank is required.
An older student trying to track down ACT, SAT, Accuplacer or Compass test scores for the required upload may contact the testing center at their college or university, or reach out to the high school from which they graduated as test scores are part of a student’s permanent record.
More recent high school graduates may log into their profile on the SAT or ACT website if the test scores are not already listed on a transcript.
List your score of each section of the GED test. Must students are tested on five sections. This score should be between 200 and 800; your percentile score, which is under 100, indicates how well you did compared to other test-takers but does not directly correspond to a GPA. The score for each of the sections can be used to determine your average GED score, which is the first step in converting it to a GPA.Divide the Sum of Your Scores by the Number of Sections
Add together the scores from each section of the GED, then divide this number by the number of sections you took to find your average GED score. For example, if your total score is 3000 and you took five sections, your average GED score would be 600.Use Your GED Average to Determine Its GPA Equivalent
Convert your GED score into an approximate GPA using the following information. A GED score of below 300 is the approximate equivalent of a GPA of 1 or below. A GED score of 300 to 400 is the approximate equivalent of a GPA of 1.5 to 2.0. A GED score of 401 to 500 is the approximate equivalent of a GPA of 2.0 to 2.9. A GED score of 501 to 600 is the approximate equivalent of a GPA of 3.0 to 3.4. A GED score of 601 to 700 is the approximate equivalent of a GPA of 3.5 to 3.7 while a GED score of 701 to 800 is the approximate equivalent of a GPA of 3.8 to 4.0.