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Bay Harbor Foundation Vocational Scholarship Program

New in 2022

Beginning this year, the Bay Harbor Foundation will be offering scholarships to employees of Bay Harbor businesses who wish to obtain vocational or technical training and certification. The application below is desinged to be easy to fill out. Recipients will have their scholarship award sent directly to the program that they are enrolled in.

Please contact the Bay Harbor Foundation at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions about the program or the application process. We are happy to help guide applicants as we develop this new and exciting part of the Bay Harbor Foundation Scholar Program.

Vocational Scholarship Application 

Bay Harbor Foundation

Tuition Scholarship Program

2017 Scholarship Recipients

About the Program

If you work in Bay Harbor, or your parent or grandparent works in Bay Harbor, you could qualify for a scholarship through the Bay Harbor Foundation Scholar Program!

In addition to our grant awards, the Bay Harbor Foundation also serves those who are a part of our immediate community through our Tuition Scholarship Program, which was established in 2008 to provide assistance to individuals working in the Bay Harbor Community to help them achieve their dream of a college education.

Click here to read an update about our 2022-23 scholarship recipients 

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Each recipient shall be a person who is employed by a Bay Harbor entity within the Bay Harbor Community or shall be the son, daughter, grandson or granddaughter of a person who is so employed as stated in the Program Goals.
  • The applicant must demonstrate a need for assistance in paying tuition of the college or university he or she is attending after taking into account the other financial assistance available to such person.
  • The applicant must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate student at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university, including community and junior colleges, located within the United States. 
  • The applicant must be a “Full Time Student”, completing, and receiving credit for, at least 12 accredited college credit hours per semester, or equivalent in quarter hours, and in good standing.
  • The applicant must be 17 years old or older.
  • The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • The applicant must be a person who has demonstrated good moral character and who has not been convicted of a crime of moral turpitude.
  • The applicant must demonstrate commitment to the community in a written essay.
  • At least one letter of recommendation from an employer, school counselor, longtime friend, or Bay Harbor Resident who knows you well.  A second letter of recommendation is not required, but is strongly encouraged.
  • This scholarship is for tuition only, and funds awarded may not be used for any other purpose.  If a student's tuition is already completely paid for through some other means, e.g. from their school, state or federal aid, or another scholarship, that student is not eligible to receive scholarship funding through this program.

Applications are reviewed by independent evaluators provided by area community colleges, and graded on a 20 point scale. Evaluators consider financial need, academic achievement, the quality of the applicant's essay and community involement, and extracurricular and volunteer activities. Of these, financial need is considered the most important in awarding scholarships.


How to Apply for a Scholarship

Scholarship submission for the 2022-23 academic year is now closed. Scholarship applications and instructions for the 2023-24 acadmic year will be made available in Spring of 2023. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Bay Harbor Foundation Office at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Scholarships are disbursed in two installments, and payment on the student’s behalf is made to the college or university at which the student is enrolled. Scholarships are nonreoccuring and awarded annually, but scholarship applicants are invite to reapply each year for as long as they remain eligible. 


Scholar Testimonials

 This scholarship has helped me tremendously with the growing cost of college tuition. I am a full time student at Michigan State obtaining an education in Packaging Engineering. With the help of this scholarship as well as working 10 to 15 hours a week while at school, I am doing everything I can to reduce the high cost of tuition at a large university. With focusing primarily on my studies at school, it is very tough to work more than 15 hours a week. This makes me even more appreciative, and I am beyond thankful and grateful in receiving the Bay Harbor Foundation Scholarship.
Matthew Budreau - Michigan State University

I am extremely grateful for the financial aid that the Bay Harbor Foundation has provided me with for this first year of college. By alleviating some of the stress of tuition, Bay Harbor has allowed me to focus much more on my studies and extracurricular activities at the University of Notre Dame. I have been a sailing instructor and lifeguard at the Bay Harbor Yacht Club for two summers and am planning on returning this summer. I truly enjoy working at Bay Harbor. The close community and friendliness of the members is unique and provides a great atmosphere in which to spend my time. I would like to thank the Bay Harbor Foundation again for their continued support of my education.
Preston Carey - University of Notre Dame

My time at Princeton University has been an incredible experience for me. Coming from a small town in Northern Michigan, it can be difficult to access and truly understand all of the opportunities that the world has to offer. With the help of the scholarship awarded to me by the Bay Harbor Foundation, I was able to attend the university of my dreams and enhance my future with its numerous opportunities. After receiving the Bay Harbor Foundation Scholarship, it became possible for me to choose Princeton. The scholarship relieved the financial stress of attending this high-caliber (and expensive) university. By providing funds to attend Princeton University, this scholarship opened the door to many opportunities at school. I have immersed myself in the college experience, taking courses to fulfill my degree in Public and International Relations and my certificate in American Studies. I have been able to participate in a number of extracurricular activities. For example, I rowed on the Princeton Lightweight Women’s Crew team, and I am a member of the Relay for Life program on campus. In 2016, I studied abroad in an intensive summer language program in Aix-en-Provence, France. I was submersed in French culture and given an opportunity to advance my knowledge of cultures outside of my own. Additionally, I stage managed shows in the Princeton Theater Department, including the University’s productions of Singin’ in the Rain and Hairspray. I am now a member of the Tiger Inn, one of Princeton’s oldest eating clubs, and the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. Through the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, I am able to interact with independent women from all over the world and give back to my community. Thanks to the Bay Harbor Foundation Scholarship, not only am I able to attend the university of my dreams, I am also given access to unbelievable opportunities and experiences.
Delaney Carlson - Princeton University

Thank you for the generous scholarship award for the 2017-2018 school year. This scholarship was a huge help to me for paying for tuition. I worked 3 jobs this summer in order to be able to pay for school, so any extra aid I can get is tremendously helpful. My first semester at Michigan was incredible. I'm very thankful to be surrounded by such a diverse array of talented, hard-working students. All of the friends I've made at school so far continue to keep me motivated in my studies. I loved all of my classes this semester. I took my first class in international law and made the decision to major in either PPE (Philosophy, Politics, and Economics) or Public Policy, and to pursue law school after my undergrad.
Lily Cesario - University of Michigan

I truly can not express how much of an impact reviving this scholarship has made on my time at Grand Valley. Paying for school on my own is rather challenging at times, and the monetary support the Bay Harbor Foundation has provided is truly a blessing that makes it possible. It means so much to work for a community that cares so much to help us as students work towards our goals of higher education, it means more then you could know, thank you so very much.
Mikalya Ellis - Grand Valley State University

The Bay Harbor Foundation Scholarship has been an extremely beneficial component to my college education. Paying for college is bound to be difficult, especially coming from a family without a high income. Organizations such as this truly make an impact on the college cost burden. This impact has allowed me to focus more and my studies while worrying less about the financial side of a college education, and I am forever grateful for the scholarship.
Conner Harwood - University of Michigan

I would like to thank the Bay Harbor Foundation for the generous scholarship they have provided me. Due to the scholarship, I have been able to reduce my student loans and ease my current financial situation. The piece of mind that I have the support of others for my education is very reassuring and I will be forever grateful. Through hard work and dedication to my studies, I will once again be selected to be on the Dean’s List at Michigan State University. I am currently going into my final semester studying supply chain management and am excited for future endeavors to come. I will continue my hard work and make good use of the scholarship I receive to further assist my education.
Jacob Jackson - Michigan State University

I would like to again say thank you for your support throughout my college career. I value my education at Michigan State University and it’s nice to know that people from my workplace, and hometown are up here supporting everything I do. This scholarship allowed me to be a little less stressed out financially and allowed me to focus more on my studies. This being my senior year, I am getting more involved and into intense classes and I was able to persevere by knowing I had help from people back home. I will hopefully be continuing my education after graduating this upcoming spring, and I am glad that this foundation was able to be right there with me while finishing up my undergraduate college career. I will forever be grateful for this scholarship and for knowing that others believe in me. I hope to one day be able to give back and make others feel as much gratitude as I do from receiving this scholarship.
Libby King - Michigan State University

The Bay Harbor Foundation Scholarship has assisted me with the means to complete my academic goals.  The financial support I received through this scholarship also allowed me the opportunity to complete other academic objectives, such as internships, academic travel and more that I would not otherwise have been possible.  The service and support I received from the Foundation gave me the freedom to excel academically and financially.  Thank you for what you have offered me.  I appreciate it.
Matthew Lively - Asbury University

This scholarship has helped me tremendously in the ability to afford an education at Michigan State. I have always wanted to go here and with the Bay Harbor Foundation Scholarship, I did. This past semester has taught me much about work ethic, what I want to become in my future and that things always work out for good people. It has taught me that the world is a good place with good people that want to help each other succeed. If I hadn't gotten this aid, I would've had to figure out some sort of loan, which would cost me a lot in the long run. I am so thankful that I was chosen to be one of the students that were aided. I love my school, the friends I have made, and my education. Political science has proved to be the field for me within these few months at school. Yet again, thank you, I appreciate everything that this scholarship has allowed me to do.
Jillian McCreery-Piotrowski - Michigan State University

The Bay Harbor Scholarship is very beneficial towards my schooling. It has helped me financially to attend the college of my choice so, I can continue on my path to success to pursue my goals and dreams.
Romario Salmon - Davenport University

This year’s fall semester at Michigan Tech is complete.  The scholarship I received helped lighten the burden of my semester loan and made it easier to afford textbooks.  Now that I live off campus, expenses really add up.  I realize the importance of every dollar.  I can’t thank the Bay Harbor Foundation enough for helping me with the high cost of tuition.  The classes I am taking will prepare me for a job in Mechanical Engineering.  Classes are difficult, but I know the struggle will be worth it.  I will return to Michigan Tech in a few weeks.  After second semester I plan to return to Bay Harbor for my third summer.  I enjoy working with the staff and serving the needs of the Bay Harbor members.  I appreciate the scholarship.  Thank you for placing your trust in me.
Travis Seagmen - Michigan Technological University

The Bay Harbor Foundation Scholarship has been instrumental in my success so far at college. The most significant effect was on the amount of money I have been able to save, and in turn my ability to apply to graduate schools with less worry about finances. The scholarship has allowed me to focus on my education first, and not have the burden of as many college loans on my mind. The Bay Harbor Foundation expects great things from all the students it awards scholarships to - this is just another force that encourages me to put forth by best effort, day in and day out while in college.
Patrick Sheperd - Albion College

I am very grateful to the Bay Harbor Foundation for awarding me a scholarship for this school year. This was my first semester in the Nursing Program at Grand Valley. It takes a huge weight off my shoulders to have this scholarship so that I can focus more heavily on school and worry less about finances. I am very excited for my future career and would not be able to pursue it without the Bay Harbor Foundation.
Natalie Weaver - Grand Valley State University

This scholarship has been a huge help to me. I have recently taken on all of my financial responsibilities due to some family issues. This scholarship has been able to allow me to focus more on my studies than on working crazy amounts of hours while at school. Even though I have worked while I am a full time student the last 3 semesters, I will not be able work as much this coming semester. I am taking more credits and having surgery in the end of January. This scholarship will help ease my mind while recovering know that it’s just another expense I won’t need to worry about as much.
Ivy Wells - Eastern Michigan University

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 Grant Application Process

Our program and grant cycle begins with the sumbission of a Letter of Intent. Our Program and Grant Committee reviews the Letters of Intent and selects organizations to submit full Grant Applications. Organizations will be given approximately one month to submit their Grant Application. After the Program and Grant Committee has reviewed the Grant Applications, applicants will be asked to participate in an interview to answer any further questions about their proposal. The Program and Grant Committee then recommends grants to the Board of Directors for their approval. 

Approved grants are funded during the following calendar year. For example, grants sumbitted in 2021 will be funded in 2022. Organizations that recieve grants are required to submit 6-month and year-end progress reports to update the Foundation on the status of the project or program for which they have received funding.

Applicant organizations are advised to please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss their proposals prior to beginning the Grant Application Process.

Letters of Intent

Your organization's Letter of Intent should include all of the following information:

  • The mission of your organization, and how this project will support your mission.
  • The purpose of the project for which funds are being requested. 
  • A brief description of how this project will support the immediate needs residents of the Little Traverse Bay Region.
  • A preliminary budget
  • A preliminay project schedule - when the project starts, and when it will be completed and any major dates in between.

Please also provide a copy of your Form 1023 and your current Charitable Solicitation Registration.

Letters of intent may be e-mailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mailed to:

Candace Fitzsimons
Bay Harbor Foundation
750 Bay Harbor Drive
Bay Harbor, Michigan 49770

If you plan to submit your Letter of Intent by email, please compile it with all neccesary attachments, combined into a single pdf file.

Grant Applications

Organizations that are asked to submit a full grant application must complete the Grant Application Form, below, and provide all of the required attachments.

Click Here To Download the Grant Application

Your grant application can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mailed to:

Candace Fitzsimons
Bay Harbor Foundation
750 Bay Harbor Drive
Bay Harbor, Michigan 49770

If you plan to submit your Grant Application by email, please compile it with all neccesary attachments, combined into a single pdf file.

Mid-Term and Final Year-End Reports

Organizations receiving funding are required to submit a six-month progress report and a final year-end report. The Final Report must include a financial support material for the program, with receipts for expenditures from grant funds.

In addition, we also require that these organizations provide a copy of their Charitable Solicitation Registration Certificate if they raise funds of more than $25,000 annually, and a copy of their most recent Form 990.

Mid-Term Report Form

Final Report Form