In his 24 years of life, John expressed his passion for the outdoors and beauty of Benzie County.
The endowment in his memory was established in 1993, allowing his spirit to live on through grants supporting environmental education in Benzie County communities and preserving his passion for generations to come.
What impression will you make? Let's give it forward, together.
The Zonta-Ann Mapes Scholarship Endowment was established with a gift from the Zonta Club of Traverse City. The Endowment is in honor of Ann Mapes, who's estate gift helped to initially create this scholarship to support area women pursuing a career in business or science.
Ann J. Mapes was a long time and active member of the Zonta Club of Traverse City. She served on the board of directors in several positions, many club committees, as well as being President of the club for two terms. Ann held a staunch belief in equal rights for girls and women and providing them with the opportunitiesto live up to their potential and improving the status of women throughout the community and world. She was an advocate for children and families and worked as a court administrator for 30 years. She was an avid believer in volunteerism to make her community a better place to live in by volunteering for her church, Munson Medical Center, Child and Family Services, Interlochen Center for the Arts, and several other community organizations. Ann was dedicated, responsible, competent and articulate in all her endeavors. Honors bestowed upon Ann include: The Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Antrim Bar Association Liberty Bell Award, Child and Family Services Humanitarianism Award, Grand Traverse Human Services Coordinating Council Citizen of the Year, Special Tribute for hard work, dedication and profesisonalism by the 90th Legislature of Michigan, Grand Traverse County Probate/ Family Court Award and Zonta Club of Traverse City Woman of the Year Award.