A Central Lake native, Cleo Purdy's passion for children and young families lives on because of her generous heart and thoughtful planning. Supporting programming for preschool, playgroups, and family engagement, her gift will continue to impact generations of families.
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The Ernest B. Isaacsen Scholarship Endowment supports academically successful students from Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Leelanau Counties in attending Northwestern Michigan College, Michigan State University, University of Michigan or Wayne State University.
Ernie Isaacsen was a local businessman who received the Chamber of Commerce’s distinguished citizen award in 1949. He served on a number of local boards including Munson, Empire National Bank (for 28 years!), was a commodore and charter member of the GT Yacht Club, and was a founding member and trustee of First Congregational Church. Ernie lived a full life and died on March 10, 2001 at the age of 98. Ernie had a wish to support local students as they pursued advanced education. Today, his wish for a legacy of education for future generations lives through annual scholarship awards from the Ernest B. Isaacsen Scholarship Endowment.