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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 those who are active in the Bay Harbor community.  As you will see in the Scholar Principles below, we have a strict application and selection process, and our Committee Members work diligently to follow these guidelines.

The amount of each scholar award is at least $2,000.00 (or $1,000.00 for students who are only attending one semester during a given academic year), or the amount needed to pay the portion of the applicant’s tuition which is not provided by other scholarships or grants, whichever is less.  The Bay Harbor Foundation Scholarship is for tuition only.

Scholar awards 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.

Scholar awards are nonrecurring annual awards, but recipients are eligible to apply again in succeeding years.

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 be 17 years old or older.
  • The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • 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 a person who has demonstrated good moral character and who has not been convicted of a crime of moral turpitude.
  • 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 demonstrate commitment to the community in a written essay.
  • At least one (1) 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.

How to Apply for a Scholarship

Scholarship applications must be submitted no later than Wednesday, July 18th, 2018 at 4:00 p.m., and recipients will be announced in early August.

Please fill out and submit seven copies of the application below to the Bay Harbor Foundation Office at:

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

(Located off the parking lot behind the Bay Harbor Village Hotel Lobby)

Scholarship Application

Application Instructions

Tips for Scholarship Applicants

Please read the Scholar Principles and Application Instructions and follow all instructions carefully.  Failure to follow the application instructions may result in your scholarship application being deemed incomplete and therefore inadmissable.

 

Scholar Testimonials

 Receiving the Bay Harbor Foundation Scholarship has allowed me to focus more time on my school work and involvement in clubs at Michigan State University and less time worrying about the expenses of college. After a close family member was diagnosed with an illness this past year, my family had unexpected added expenses. This scholarship has also eased some of the financial pressure of college on my family. This award recognizes the work I have done for myself and Michigan State University. The scholarship drives me to continue to work hard in school and be even more involved in the Michigan State community. I am so thankful for The Bay Harbor Foundation and the financial ease that they have provided me and other students of the Bay Harbor community.

-  Allison Langley, Junior

The Bay Harbor Foundation Scholarship has done much more than contribute to the funding of my education. It has opened many doors of opportunity through friendships, relationships with professors, and knowledge I gained this year at Michigan State University. I went into my freshman year with the decision to major in Packaging, but have since decided to double major in Packaging & Economics with a specialization in Sustainability. I have never been more excited to achieve my goals of a higher education and am extremely grateful of everyone who contributes to making this scholarship possible.

-  Hayley Fettig, Freshman

For the past two years I have been fortunate enough to earn the Bay Harbor Foundation Scholarship. This has greatly relieved financial stress and I am extremely grateful that the Foundation has continued to fund this program. The scholarship has made it possible for me to pursue another year of school at Grand Valley State University. Without the help of the Bay Harbor Foundation, I am unsure of how I would have paid for school; therefore I am forever grateful to the Foundation.

-   Kathryn Fraser, Junior

 

I cannot thank the Bay Harbor Foundation enough for their generous contribution. It has been instrumental in my pursuit for a higher education. I admire the Foundation’s sense of purpose and draw inspiration from their leadership within the community.

-   Andrew Schaub, Freshman

As a third year recipient of your college scholarship, I would like to express my gratitude for your monetary support which helps me to continue my pursuit of a higher education. I have recently completed the first half of my junior year of schooling at The Ohio State University’s main campus in Columbus, Ohio. My goal is to graduate in December of 2014 with a Bachelors of Science in ecological engineering. 

For the last four years I have been employed seasonally at the Bay Harbor Equestrian Club as a stable hand and groom. Through the years I have honed my time management skills and attention to details by providing daily horse care to a range of 20-30 equine individuals. These skills are applicable to my future career, and have combined with other qualifications to create a competitive resume’. This year I have also been able to add my memberships in the Society of Women Engineers and the Ecological Engineering Society to my extracurricular involvement on campus.

Scholarship aid from your organization has helped to cover the extensive out-of-state tuition costs of attending this university. I am excited to start this next semester of new classes, as I will be completing classes in soil and water engineering, computer graphics, fluid dynamics, sustainable waste management, and system dynamics and electricity. These courses continue to grow in complexity, but also in their application to current world problems. I’m continually challenged in the classroom and have enjoyed growing with the diverse and extensive community of students and faculty on campus.

Thank you for your support.

-   Nicole Bieganowski, Junior

 

I am a junior at Kendall College of Art and Design and I have worked in Bay Harbor for three years. I hope to return to the area to pursue my career as in Interior Designer. The Bay Harbor Foundation Scholarship has helped fund my college tuition tremendously. This scholarship has helped me take more classes with less loans. To be able to take more classes allows me to finish my Bachelors degree in four years and reduce the amount of total debt. I enjoy working in the Bay Harbor community and appreciate the generosity of the donors to help those achieve a higher education.

-   Marci Gibson, Junior

 

I am very grateful for being able to receive the Bay Harbor Foundation Scholarship for a few years in a row now. The donors from the Bay Harbor community help out me and many other students more than they know! It is very important for me to achieve a higher education, which I am doing at the University of Michigan, and the Bay Harbor Foundation Scholarship makes this pricey process easier for me to make happen. Thank you very much!

-   Sarah Fink, Senior

The Bay Harbor Scholarship has provided a large boost of aid that has filled in the gaps between academic scholarships and tuition paid out of pocket over the past four years and the current academic year. My undergraduate experience has shifted my perception of what I want to do in the world; part of this realization has led me toward a double degree program (in French Linguistics and Natural Resource Management) that will enable me to seek a broad range of careers in the future. The scholarship means, however, much more than a gift to 'fill in the gaps' in tuition and housing payments. It brings in support that I would otherwise spend months earning or months paying back after my higher education is completed. It relieves the stress and pressure that tuition costs inflict on students, and for this, I am thankful. I appreciate the generosity of the donors and hope that they realize that the students that seek the scholarship aren't just going through the process of seeking a degree for the degree's nominal sake, but because we strive to learn and better our knowledge of the world and how to play a positive, benevolent role in it.

-   Joshua Lycka, Senior

Watching my roommate juggle his work schedule and academics, I realized how lucky I am to have received this scholarship. It ensured that I could concentrate on my studies and focus on what I needed to get done. My first semester was a great success. Thank you Bay Harbor Foundation for awarding me this scholarship and support.

- John Bowers, Freshman

Receiving the Bay Harbor Foundation Scholarship has allowed me to focus more time on my school work and involvement in clubs at Michigan State University and less time worrying about the expenses of college. After a close family member was diagnosed with an illness this past year, my family had unexpected added expenses. This scholarship has also eased some of the financial pressure of college on my family. This award recognizes the work I have done for myself and Michigan State University. The scholarship drives me to continue to work hard in school and be even more involved in the Michigan State community. I am so thankful for The Bay Harbor Foundation and the financial ease that they have provided me and other students of the Bay Harbor community.

-  Allison Langley, Junior

The Bay Harbor Foundation Scholarship has done much more than contribute to the funding of my education. It has opened many doors of opportunity through friendships, relationships with professors, and knowledge I gained this year at Michigan State University. I went into my freshman year with the decision to major in Packaging, but have since decided to double major in Packaging & Economics with a specialization in Sustainability. I have never been more excited to achieve my goals of a higher education and am extremely grateful of everyone who contributes to making this scholarship possible.

-  Hayley Fettig, Freshman

For the past two years I have been fortunate enough to earn the Bay Harbor Foundation Scholarship. This has greatly relieved financial stress and I am extremely grateful that the Foundation has continued to fund this program. The scholarship has made it possible for me to pursue another year of school at Grand Valley State University. Without the help of the Bay Harbor Foundation, I am unsure of how I would have paid for school; therefore I am forever grateful to the Foundation.

-   Kathryn Fraser, Junior

I cannot thank the Bay Harbor Foundation enough for their generous contribution. It has been instrumental in my pursuit for a higher education. I admire the Foundation’s sense of purpose and draw inspiration from their leadership within the community.

-   Andrew Schaub, Freshman

As a third year recipient of your college scholarship, I would like to express my gratitude for your monetary support which helps me to continue my pursuit of a higher education. I have recently completed the first half of my junior year of schooling at The Ohio State University’s main campus in Columbus, Ohio. My goal is to graduate in December of 2014 with a Bachelors of Science in ecological engineering.

For the last four years I have been employed seasonally at the Bay Harbor Equestrian Club as a stable hand and groom. Through the years I have honed my time management skills and attention to details by providing daily horse care to a range of 20-30 equine individuals. These skills are applicable to my future career, and have combined with other qualifications to create a competitive resume’. This year I have also been able to add my memberships in the Society of Women Engineers and the Ecological Engineering Society to my extracurricular involvement on campus.

Scholarship aid from your organization has helped to cover the extensive out-of-state tuition costs of attending this university. I am excited to start this next semester of new classes, as I will be completing classes in soil and water engineering, computer graphics, fluid dynamics, sustainable waste management, and system dynamics and electricity. These courses continue to grow in complexity, but also in their application to current world problems. I’m continually challenged in the classroom and have enjoyed growing with the diverse and extensive community of students and faculty on campus.

Thank you for your support.

-   Nicole Bieganowski, Junior

 

 

I am a junior at Kendall College of Art and Design and I have worked in Bay Harbor for three years. I hope to return to the area to pursue my career as in Interior Designer. The Bay Harbor Foundation Scholarship has helped fund my college tuition tremendously. This scholarship has helped me take more classes with less loans. To be able to take more classes allows me to finish my Bachelors degree in four years and reduce the amount of total debt. I enjoy working in the Bay Harbor community and appreciate the generosity of the donors to help those achieve a higher education.

-   Marci Gibson, Junior

I am very grateful for being able to receive the Bay Harbor Foundation Scholarship for a few years in a row now. The donors from the Bay Harbor community help out me and many other students more than they know! It is very important for me to achieve a higher education, which I am doing at the University of Michigan, and the Bay Harbor Foundation Scholarship makes this pricey process easier for me to make happen. Thank you very much!

-   Sarah Fink, Senior

The Bay Harbor Scholarship has provided a large boost of aid that has filled in the gaps between academic scholarships and tuition paid out of pocket over the past four years and the current academic year. My undergraduate experience has shifted my perception of what I want to do in the world; part of this realization has led me toward a double degree program (in French Linguistics and Natural Resource Management) that will enable me to seek a broad range of careers in the future. The scholarship means, however, much more than a gift to 'fill in the gaps' in tuition and housing payments. It brings in support that I would otherwise spend months earning or months paying back after my higher education is completed. It relieves the stress and pressure that tuition costs inflict on students, and for this, I am thankful. I appreciate the generosity of the donors and hope that they realize that the students that seek the scholarship aren't just going through the process of seeking a degree for the degree's nominal sake, but because we strive to learn and better our knowledge of the world and how to play a positive, benevolent role in it.

-   Joshua Lycka, Senior