"Because people who care about our communities and those who live here chose to give back, the Foundation was able to award nearly a half million dollars in scholarships this year, speaking volumes about our communities, our donors, and the incredible gift it is for these students to be cared for in this way by generous people they may never even meet."
Those are the words of Patrick Heraghty, executive director of the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan, which has awarded $440,138 in scholarships to students in its nine-county service area for the 2023-2024 academic year.
Of that amount, 106 awards totaling $303,850 were awarded to students in the four-county region of Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency, and Presque Isle, reports MLive.
Most of the awards are for the 2023-2024 academic year, and many are multi-year awards that will support students beyond just their freshmen year.
One of the unique aspects of the CFNEM scholarship program is that many of its scholarships are not just determined by academic achievement, but with a strong emphasis on extracurriculars and service.
In some cases, that means the emphasis is placed on student interests such as farming, a trade such as welding or plumbing, the arts, or health care.
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