A Wealth of Scholarship Opportunities Await Plymouth, Canton and Salem High Seniors
The Canton Community Foundation also offers scholarships to college students.
College-bound students living in Canton and Plymouth can get help with tuition though scholarships offered though the Rotary Club of Plymouth A.M., Plymouth Community Arts Council and the Canton Community Foundation. Here are the basics:
Rotary Club of Plymouth A.M.
Sandra Sagear Scholarship. The Rotary Club of Plymouth A.M. will award $500 to a Plymouth-Canton Community Schools high school senior who has displayed courage, perseverance, spirit and creativity in achieving a successful education, despite a physical, mental or emotional barrier. Applicants must also demonstrate a record of appreciation of others and a commitment to the community.
Sandra Sagear was a 1969 graduate of the original Plymouth High School who believed she could succeed despite the effects of a bout with polio. Applications are online. The deadline to apply is April 4; the award will be announced April 14.
Plymouth Community Arts Council
Damaris Fine Arts Scholarship. Plymouth-Canton Community Schools seniors can vie for a $1,000 award from the Plymouth Community Arts Council. This scholarship honors the memory of Damaris (Dee) Schulte and was established by her family. Schulte was an artist as well as a longtime instructor for the Plymouth Community Arts Council.
Scholarship applicants must demonstrate outstanding abilities in visual arts and plan to pursue an art education. Applications, which must include a portfolio, will be accepted from April 4 to April 7. Applications are online, but students must also plan on making an in-person appointment to complete the process. The award will be announced April 18.
Canton Community Foundation
Joan Noricks, Canton Community Foundation’s president, said since the foundation's scholarships started in 1990, students have received a total of more than $500,000.
In 1999, student Katie Robiadek used a $2,000 scholarship to study in Spain, where she met the man who is now her husband, Noricks said. Robiadek went on to earn a Rotary Club scholarship and intern at Canton Community Foundation, where she was eventually hired to work full time. Today, Robiadek is a program manager for the Arts Council of Greater Lansing, Noricks said.
High school and college students can apply for the following 22 scholarships being offered through the Canton Community Foundation’s education grant program. Awards range from $300 to $2,000.
The deadline for all the following scholarships is 5 p.m. March 18. Applications must be received at the foundation office, 50430 School House Rd., Suite 200, Canton, MI 48188. Details are online, and questions can be asked by e-mail or by phone, 734-495-1200.
• Canton Community Foundation Scholarship. Open to all students for any school with any major. One available at $1,000.
• Canton Community Foundation/Eastern Michigan University Scholarship. For students who plan to or are attending EMU. Two available at $1,000.
• Canton Community Foundation Penelope Hope Klei Scholarship. Open to all students with a cumulative 3.0 or above GPA who plan to attend or are attending a Christian college or university full time with any major. Documentation of at least 50 hours of community service is required. One available at $500.
• Canton Community Foundation/Schoolcraft College Foundation Scholarship. Open to current students or students who plan to attend Schoolcraft. Two available at $500.
• Canton Community Foundation/University of Michigan-Dearborn Scholarship. Open to all students with a cumulative 3.0 or above GPA who attend or plan to attend the university full time. One available at $500.
• Jack Demmer Ford Scholarship. Open to all students with any major at any school. One available at $1,000.
• Denski Family Scholarship. Open to graduating senior cheerleaders from Plymouth-Canton Community Schools who attend any college or university full time. Applicants must have documented 40 hours of community service and a letter of recommendation from their coach. One available at $500.
• PCEP Choir Boosters Darlene Symons Memorial Scholarship. Open to PCEP graduating seniors who plan to pursue music or a music-related major. Must have a minimum of two years in a PCEP choir program. One available at $500.
• Dustin Piepsney Memorial Scholarship Fund. Open to all current graduating senior wrestlers who plan to attend any college or university full time. Applicants must have a letter of recommendation from their coach. One available at $750.
• Marvin Schultz Memorial Scholarship. Open to all students who attend the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. One available at $300.
• Dr. Syed Taj Family Scholarship. Open to graduating seniors from the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools. One awarded to a student from each Canton, Plymouth and Salem high schools for any school with any major. Three available at $500.
• Meredith L. Whalen Memorial Scholarship. Open to all female students majoring in business at any college or university. One available at $500.
Scholarships available to Canton residents only:
• Canton Business & Professional Women Scholarship. Open only to women who are returning to work and need additional training, who have begun a course of study at any university or college and who have already completed three credit hours. Part-time students may apply. Two available at $500.
• Elizabeth Durack Memorial Scholarship. Open to all nontraditional students who attend college in Michigan. One available at $500.
• Leadership Canton Alumni Association Scholarship. Open to all Youth Leadership Canton graduates. One available at $500.
• Yazaki North America, Inc., Scholarship. Open to high school seniors who are accepted to a Michigan college or university in a technical or science-based curriculum. One male and one female student will be selected. This scholarship is renewable for four years by maintaining a cumulative 3.0 or above GPA. Two available at $2,000.