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.
This scholarship endowment was created in memory of Owen James Anderson a proud member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. Owen is fondly remembered as a deeply caring and giving young man, who loved his family and friends and thoroughly enjoyed outdoor sports including hunting, fishing, and snowboarding. Owen was pursuing his career in Construction Management at Ferris State University. The scholarship is an enduring memorial to Owen’s life and generosity. All contributions to his memorial are sincerely appreciated.
The Owen James Anderson Memorial Scholarship is available to graduating seniors from the Elk Rapids School District, with a preference for Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians Tribal Members, students pursuing a career in Construction Management or students whose hobbies/ interests include hunting, fishing, snowboarding or four-tracking.