Roy and Ellen Brigman founded Camp Roy-El in 1952. Over 40 years they welcomed 795 campers with physical disabilities.
After the camp closed, the passion of the Brigmans and Camp-Roy El continued through the Camp Roy-El Scholarship Endowment, created in 1992.
Looking back 25 years, 100 scholarships have been awarded to college students dedicated to helping those with disabilities. And, through the power of endowment, Roy and Ellen Brigman, and all of those who loved and were impacted by Camp Roy-El, are giving it forward, forever.
What impression will you make? Let's give it forward, together.
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.