Scholarship Fund Descriptions and History
This scholarship is available to Shiawassee County area graduates with a high grade point average. Applicants should demonstrate overall good citizenship and involvement in community service or volunteer work. Financial need will be considered. Preference will be given to students who:
- Plan to study in the medical, education, or child development fields
- Have 4-H involvement
- Plan to attend Hope College
- Are active in band, cheer, and/or dance
Shane’s mother, Jennifer Clarke, established this fund to help keep Shane’s memory alive in perpetuity. Shane was born on October 25, 1991 in Owosso and was a 2010 graduate of Corunna High School. He served his country in the United States Army, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team.
Shane had a fun-loving and entertaining personality, always keeping his friends and family in stitches with his sense of humor and many impressions. He always looked forward to time spent with his loved ones. Shane had a love for football, especially Corunna High School football, where he was a three-year starter on the football team. Even if Shane was hurt and out with an injury, he would still be at football practices with his fellow teammates; he was a true team player. Shane was one of five children, including a twin sister. He was the only boy growing up in a house full of girls.
Shane’s plans after serving his country were to study law enforcement and become a U.S. Marshal. As a way to honor Shane, his scholarship is offered to Corunna High School and/or Owosso High School seniors planning to study in the field of law enforcement and/or studying to become a U.S. Marshal. Applicants must also possess good leadership skills and have financial need.
Grants are also available from this fund to qualifying charitable organizations, schools, health and human service organizations, municipalities, and other governmental entities to support veterans’ programs and projects in the Shiawassee County area.
Philip and Inez are both Durand High School graduates who raised their family in Durand. Philip retired from General Motors in 1989, and Inez retired as a Secretary for the U.S. Attorney’s office in 1993. Philip served on the Durand City Council for eight years, also serving as Mayor ProTem. Inez loved children and was a tutor for the Shiawassee Adult Literacy Program. She especially loved her time working in the nursery at the First Baptist Church of Durand. Inez also worked as a consultant for Baker College in Owosso as they developed their secretarial program. Both Philip and Inez spent many years volunteering for Roving Volunteers in Christ Service (RVICS). They traveled extensively, visiting places on five continents and in all 50 states.
Scholarships from this fund are available to Durand Area High School seniors and graduates planning to attend a college in Michigan. Preference is given to those students with a genuine economic need, reasonable academic ability, and good character.
Scholarships from this fund are available to students of either St. Mary Church in Durand or St. Joseph Church in Gaines. The applicant’s family must be a member in good standing of either church as verified by the parish pastor. Other qualifications are leadership in the parish and community; and acceptance and then attendance at an accredited institution. The scholarship is merit-based, without regard for family income. Students may apply for this scholarship more than once.
The following scholarships will be awarded annually as long as funds are available:
1.Knights of Columbus St. Mary Council 7955 Scholarship
2. Knights of Columbus St. Mary Council 7955 – Dr. Jean and Peter Sloan Memorial Scholarship
3. Knights of Columbus St. Joseph Council 12186 Scholarship
Becky and Don Galloway were both born and raised in Owosso. Don’s mother was a stay-at-home mom, and his father was a policeman who later worked for the Sheriff’s Department. Becky’s parents were born and raised in Owosso. Her mom was a practical nurse and her dad was a carpenter.
Don and Becky were married in 1940 and lived all of their married lives in Owosso. Don passed away in 2000. They had three children: one son, Robert Edward, and two daughters, Nancy Lee and Katherine Ann. All three children were lost in automobile accidents. As a result, Don and Becky were great supporters of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers.
Don served his country in the First Armored Division from Africa to Sicily and then on into Italy to free Rome. He was wounded and was well cared for by the Army nurses. He had great respect for them and marveled at their ability to work under such dangerous conditions and with such limited supplies. He shared this with Becky and together they vowed if there was ever a way they could help to improve this situation they would. This is the heartfelt reason for creating this legacy of scholarships that will promote education for future nurses, AKA angels of mercy.
The GFWC Owosso Women’s Club has been around Owosso for 117 years. The club started in 1895. At one time there were 240 members and meetings were held at the Owosso City Club. After World War II, women began to work outside the home and the club gradually got smaller and eventually began meeting in the homes of their members. The GFWC (General Federation of Women’s Clubs) is an International Organization. There are 75 clubs in Michigan and women throughout the United States work for goals centered around the arts, conservation, education, home life and public and international affairs.
Scholarships from this fund are available to Owosso High School seniors with financial need. Applicants must have participated in athletics with priority given to those who participated in football and track. Students must demonstrate compassion and concern for others and be good citizens with high moral character.
Tom was born on August 23, 1957 in Owosso. He graduated from Owosso High School in 1975, earned a Bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley State University, and a Master’s degree from Central Michigan University. Tom spent many of his 25 plus years in education as the varsity football and track coach for Owosso High School. His leadership and dedication to the youth of the Owosso area was unquestionably a gift that he shared with thousands. One lesson Coach Harkema lived by was “Play Hard, Make No Excuses, and Have Fun.”
Dr. Green passed away on June 26, 1989, at Memorial Hospital in Owosso. He was only 49 years old. He had practiced medicine in Owosso since 1971. Dr. Green was born in Marlette, Michigan, on September 22, 1939, the son of Amos and Pauline Green. He attended high school in Yale for three years and was a 1957 graduate of Owosso High School. He attended Mott Community College in 1960, graduated from the University of Michigan, Flint with distinction in 1962 and the University of Michigan Medical School in 1966, interned at Hurley Hospital in Flint from 1966 to 1967, and did surgical residency at McLaren Hospital from 1967 to 1971. Dr. Green was a member of the Michigan State Medical Society, past president of the Shiawassee County Medical Society, Diplomat of the American Board of Surgery, and a member of the American Society of Abdominal Surgeons.
Dr. Green’s sister, Brenda Strieff, serves as a member of the selection committee of this fund. A significant increase in funding was donated to this fund by Dr. Green’s father, Amos E. Green, in 1998. Amos was born on March 16, 1910, in Fairfield Township, Michigan. He had lived in Yale, Michigan, but most of his life was spent in Owosso. On April 8, 1934, he married Pauline Briggs in Brown City, Michigan. She predeceased him on December 26, 1974. Amos retired in 1972 from Charlie Dynes Implements in Corunna. Dr. Green aimed the scholarship at first to Owosso High School graduates only but agreed that scholarships would be extended county-wide when the fund grew.
Applicants for this scholarship must be education majors, with preference given to those aspiring to be History/Social Studies teachers at the secondary level of public schools. This scholarship is offered to seniors and graduates of a high school in the Shiawassee County area with preference given to Owosso High School students and alumni. The applicant’s GPA may be average or higher, and financial need will be considered. Demonstration of good character and citizenship are determining factors.
Cheryl was born on September 28, 1947 in Patterson, New Jersey and graduated from Ridgewood, New Jersey. She attended Hillsdale College and received a certificate of Ecclesial Lay Ministry from Siena Heights. On August 26, 1967, she married Dennis Hrcka in Saddle River, New Jersey. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Owosso. She was a lay minister for the Diocese of Lansing and a mentor at St. Joseph Church, where she was involved with church activities, including singing in the choir and facilitating various youth activities. Cheryl retired as the religious education director at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Cheryl was a lady of faith and determination, always positive, who had special love for her children and grandchildren. She was an avid reader and loved to garden. She was very imaginative and creative. She loved to do crafts, particularly painting and various other forms of artistic expression.
The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships to religious education seniors attending a high school in the Shiawassee Regional Education Services District who plan to further their education at a college, trade school, or religious education program. Students must be members in good standing of a Shiawassee County Catholic Church and be a good citizen with high moral character. Financial need will be considered.
Jackie began her employment at The Argus Press in August of 1965 as a Corunna High School co-op student as a perforator. She became a full-time employee after graduating in 1966 and moved to the editorial department. She remained in that position for many years and was responsible for content and production of The Argus Weekly. She retired as copy desk chief after 42 years in 2007. Later in 2007, Jackie accepted a part-time staff writer position with the Independent Newspaper Group. During her journalism career, she earned numerous Associated Press, Michigan Press Association, and Michigan Press Women awards for writing, page layout, and photography.
Jackie also attended Lansing Community College. She served as second vice president of the Michigan Press Women and for several years on the board of Respite Volunteers of Shiawassee. She also served two terms on the Shiawassee County Housing Rehabilitation Advisory Committee.
Jackie was involved with the Curwood Festival as a volunteer and chairman, originating and then coordinating the festival’s Curwood Saga writing contest for youth for 15 years. She served on the Curwood Festival’s board for eight years and was Festival President in 1999 and 2000. She was Past Honored Queen of Corunna Bethel 41, International Order of Job’s Daughters.
Jackie was a member of the National Council of Corvette Clubs and was a former member of the Shiawassee Corvette Club. She was also a member of the Mid-Michigan Old Gas and Tractor Association.
She had a love of dogs her entire life and was a strong supporter of the Shiawassee Humane Society’s efforts and Michigan Samoyed Rescue, providing a MSR foster home for numerous abused Sammys and adopting three from the organization herself.
Jackie served on the Public Relations Committee of the Shiawassee Homeless Coalition and received the 4th and 11th annual Building Hope Awards for her support and writing efforts on behalf of the Coalition. She worked for many years with Relief After Violent Encounter (now SafeCenter) in an attempt to bring community awareness to the issue of domestic violence through her newspaper articles, earning a Make a Difference Award from that agency. She also worked closely with Capital Area Community Services, including serving on the Walk for Warmth planning committee.
Raymond lived in Durand until he went to the University of Michigan. He played in the Durand Area Schools Bands and went to the Rose Bowl with them in 1966. He also played in the University of Michigan Band that went to the Rose Bowl in 1970 and 1972. He graduated from University of Michigan in 1973 and went on to get his Master’s Degree at Oakland University. He taught at Romeo Public Schools from 1973 to 1981 and Lakeland Junior High School in Florida from 1981 to 1983. Raymond married Victoria Fuller on June 20, 1975.
The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarship awards to assist the instrumental music development at Durand High School. The scholarship may be used for any of the following criteria: (1) Clinics or camps for students in grades 7 through 12; (2) Payment for a visiting professor of instrumental music for the instructional development or instrumental music; (3) Payment for the composing and/or publishing music at Durand High School.
Dr. Miller worked for Corunna Public Schools from 1975-1996 . Mark taught math, science, and physical education at both elementary and middle school levels. He also coached at the middle school, JV, and varsity levels for a number of sports. During this time, Mark also served as an administrator, serving as an Elementary Principal, Academically Talented Coordinator, Curriculum Director and State/ Federal Grant Director and Assistant Superintendent. The summer of 1996 Mark welcomed the opportunity to become the Superintendent of Byron Area Schools. He enjoyed the next 11 years serving the Byron community. In 2008 Mark came back to Corunna as School Superintendent. Due to health reasons Mark retired in 2012 but continued teaching post graduate classes at University of Michigan-Flint from 2014-2018. He dedicated much of his life serving the community. Mark was on numerous boards and committees including the Shiawassee Community Foundation board from 2003-2012, serving as president in 2008. The family has set up a scholarship fund with the Shiawassee Community Foundation. The scholarship requirements are:
- Available to Byron or Corunna high school seniors and graduates
- Must be attending a 4-year accredited college
- Grade point must be above a 4.0
- Must be a member of National Honor Society
- Participate in at least two extracurricular activities, ex: sports, band, FFA, student council, etc.
Eugene “Gene” M. Moiles was born on September 3, 1922 in Owosso, the son of Harry and Jennie (Gurden) Moiles. He graduated from Owosso High School in 1941 and proudly served in the U.S. Army. Gene was a member of First United Methodist Church and the Corunna VFW Post. He enjoyed all sports, including running, track, golfing, and football. Gene married Joyce Lawcock in Owosso on August 4, 1951. Gene retired from Consumers Energy in 1980 after 29 years in the engineering department. He passed away at the age of 95 on July 28, 2018 in Owosso.
Joyce Arlene Moiles was born on May 11, 1925 in Lennon, the daughter of Howard and Katherine (Kerr) Lawcock. She was a graduate of Owosso High School, Class of 1942. Joyce was a member of First United Methodist Church and American Red Cross for more than 25 years. She enjoyed baking, reading, and–most of all–spending time with her family. Joyce was a homemaker who spent her life raising and caring for her family. She passed away at the age of 92.
This scholarship is available to Owosso High School seniors with financial need, particularly those students who might not be able to attend college without the assistance of a scholarship. Scholarship recipients who maintain passing grades in college may be awarded the scholarship for multiple years. Scholarships are available to those students planning to study in the fields of math, science, business, or technology. Students must attend a Michigan college other than University of Michigan or University of Michigan-Flint.
JoAnn was born in Owosso on January 23, 1952. She attended St. Paul school and graduated from Corunna High School in 1970, where she played basketball. She particularly loved riding horses and was a 4-H member for eight years.
The purpose of this fund is to assist deserving seniors from Owosso and Corunna High Schools who are sports oriented in their pursuit of further education at any accredited college of their choice. Recipients must have participated in high school athletics, not necessarily excelling in any one sport. The students must demonstrate civic responsibility, compassion and concern for others, and a good character and value system. The intent is to award scholarships to those not receiving a multitude of other scholarships. Financial need is essential and an important consideration.
In honor of Andy, this endowment fund will award scholarships to seniors and graduates of a Shiawassee County area high school who want to pursue a career in the agriculture field. Preference will be given to Corunna High School seniors and graduates. The recipient of this scholarship must be a member of FFA or 4-H. Financial need will be considered.
Shirley Poirier graduated from Owosso High School in 1936 at the age of 16. She was a homemaker, while her husband Joseph worked in the skilled trades. They lived their entire lives in Owosso. A college education was important to the Poiriers; all three of their children graduated from college with their support.
Scholarships are available to Owosso High School seniors. Applicants must be accepted into and plan to attend one of the following universities: Michigan State University, University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, Western Michigan University, Central Michigan University, Saginaw Valley State University, Northern Michigan University, Michigan Technological University, Lake Superior State University, Wayne State University, or Ferris State University.
Kyler was born on October 12, 1995 to Michael and Daniele (Shafer) Raffaelli in Owosso. He graduated from Owosso High School with the Class of 2014. Kyler worked for Harris Electric, where he was studying to be a journeyman.
From a young age, Kyler was involved in athletics, playing soccer every season through high school. He loved spending time outdoors, including activities like kayaking, hunting up north, fishing with his dad in Canada, hiking the Superstition Mountains in Arizona with his uncle, snowboarding in northern Michigan with his buddies and cousins, and kicking the soccer ball around with his sister. Kyler was a hard worker, an adored big brother, and a true friend. He loved his family and friends more than anything. He will be remembered by so many for his willingness to give his time and talents to help them out with home repair projects and electrical work. Kyler had a smile that could light up any room and always a playful gleam in his stunning blue eyes. He was a beloved member of the Owosso First Church of Christ family, and he will be fiercely missed by all who knew him.
The Kyler Raffaelli Memorial Scholarship is available to Shiawassee area high school seniors and graduates planning to pursue the skilled trades. Preference will be given to Owosso High School seniors and graduates.
This fund was established by Andrew’s parents, Anita and Allen, as a way to remember their son. Andrew passed away on September 24, 2012, at the young age of 15. He was a sophomore at Owosso High School, a Shiawassee Scholar, and a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, where he was an altar server. Andrew liked playing video games, taking walks and bike rides, and playing all sports.
Scholarship applicants must have graduated or be graduating from a high school included in Shiawassee County, Ovid-Elsie, Chesaning, Powers Catholic High School in Flint, or Lansing Catholic High School. All recipients must have a grade point average to assure the likelihood of completing a college education. The primary use of this award will be in support of tuition, fees, and/or books. Applicants must be active in their church and have a love of animals. Applicant essays must include church affiliation information and a humorous animal story experienced by the applicant. Financial need will also be considered.
This scholarship is offered by the Shiawassee County Bar Association in honor of its Circuit Court Reporter, Patricia Carmody. Mrs. Carmody began working for Shiawassee County on November 10, 1947 in probate court for the Honorable Roy D. Matthews. She was appointed probate registrar in 1949 and served in that capacity until 1956, when she left the workforce to raise her family.
During her time away from the court, Mrs. Carmody continued to practice her profession on a freelance basis. She returned to Shiawassee County in 1979 as a circuit court stenographer for the Honorable Peter J. Marutiak, and on October 26, 1979 she was appointed by former Governor William Milliken as official Court Stenographer for the 35th Circuit Court. Mrs. Carmody served as stenographer for the Honorable Gerald Lostracco beginning in 1985.
Mrs. Carmody was a long-time member of the National Court Reporters Association and the Michigan Association of Professional Court Reporters. She received the Gold Notes Award from the Michigan Association of Professional Court Reporters in recognition of 20 years of service, as well as the Gold Notes Award from the National Court Reporters Association in recognition of over 50 years of “dedicated services to the court reporting profession.” She was also recognized as Professional Secretaries’ International Secretary of the Year in 1983 and was the 1995 Liberty Bell Award recipient from the Shiawassee Bar Association.
This scholarship is available to all law students, high school seniors, and college students studying a law-related profession. This includes: paralegal, court reporter, criminal justice, law enforcement, legal secretary or administrative assistant, law or pre-law curriculum, or other law-related field. Students must either: a) reside in Shiawassee County; b) have graduated from a high school in Shiawassee County; or c) be planning to graduate from a high school in Shiawassee County.
Robert “Bob” Skinner was very well-known and active in the Byron community. He lived his entire life in Byron and graduated at Byron High School with the Class of 1953. Bob was involved in numerous community services–some of his involvement included being President and Treasurer of the Village of Byron, Byron Area Schools, Township Board of Review, Fire Department, and he was very involved with the athletic program in Byron and surrounding communities.
Marjorie graduated from Durand High School in 1941, after which she earned a degree in physical education from Michigan State University. She then received a Master’s degree and went on to teach health and physical education for 26 years at Citrus College in Glendora, California.
Although Marjorie lived in California for her adult life, she always considered Durand her home. She remained active in the community and supported many local projects, including school sports programs, Veterans Park, the alumni reunion, and Durand Union Station. In 2015, Marjorie was selected as the Durand Distinguished Alumnus because of her philanthropic endeavors. Her wishes will be carried on forever for the benefit of Durand students.
The Carson James Vincent Memorial Fund is available to Ovid-Elsie High School seniors planning to attend college or trade school. Students must have participated in high school athletics and have a letter of recommendation from an Ovid-Elsie coach. Financial need will be considered.
Carson was born in Owosso, MI on November 10, 2000 to Jeff and Michelle (Martin) Vincent. He graduated from Ovid-Elsie High School in 2018, where he was active in football, track and field, and basketball. Carson held several records at the school, including field goal percentage and scoring over 1,000 points. He was the second-highest scoring player in Ovid-Elsie’s basketball history.
Carson was attending Mid Michigan College in Mt. Pleasant, where he was on the basketball team. He enjoyed chicken tenders and bagels, and he loved spending time with family and friends. He had a real gift for making everyone laugh. Carson passed away on September 16, 2018 at the age of 17.
Carl and Kate originally bestowed a portion of their estate to Byron Community Schools. The funds were then transferred to the Shiawassee Community Foundation in 2021 to create a scholarship for students who are current seniors or have graduated from Byron High School in the past two years. Preference is given to a student who resides in Gaines, who is pursuing post-secondary education including college, university, or trade school, with a priority given to students studying in an animal science field.
Dr. Wegman has been practicing dermatology in Owosso since 1984, a practice his wife Debra helped to establish. Patrick Wegman, II was a member of the Youth Advisory Council, a youth philanthropy and service organization overseen by the Foundation. He currently serves as Vice President of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.
While most charitable funds at the Shiawassee Community Foundation have a sole focus, this fund is unique in that it serves three purposes. Each year, the fund will award a college scholarship and one or more community grants. A portion of the fund’s balance will also be allocated to support operating expenses for the Foundation. Scholarships from this fund are available to all Shiawassee County area high school seniors and graduates, including students from Ovid-Elsie and Chesaning. Preference will be given to those studying in the fields of healthcare, education, music, non-profit/community service, or ministry.
In honor of Kevin, a scholarship will be available to Shiawassee County area high school seniors and graduates who are planning to pursue a degree in agriculture.