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.
As students from across the region are preparing to continue their education at colleges and universities, many will benefit from the support of the Community Foundation, which awarded nearly $200,000 in scholarships this year.
In total, 196 scholarships were awarded this year with more than half of the awards coming from Regional Scholarships, which are available to students from one or more schools throughout the region. The remaining is from scholarships awarded in partnership with Traverse City Area Public Schools through funds designated to benefit a student or students from one or more of the three TCAPS High Schools.
“Our scholarships mostly support graduating high school seniors, providing a boost as they transition to college,” said Alison Metiva, director of community relations. “We do have a few for returning college students or non-traditional students – our scholarships span trade school to medical school.”
The variety of scholarships offered reflect a diverse set of eligibility and criteria related to things like academic performance, financial need, community involvement, planned major and/or career path, etc. The Community Foundation works closely with donors when the gift is made to create the scholarship to identify the criteria that is meaningful to the donor and helps accomplish the donor’s goals.
“I believe making a gift to create a scholarship is appealing to donors for any combination of reasons - it offers the opportunity to remember a loved one; to impact future generations of young people; or to leave a personal legacy in a way that is meaningful to and honors the donor,” said Metiva. “Our role at the Community Foundation is to ensure the donor’s intent is met year after year.”
For more information on Community Foundation scholarships, visit www.gtrcf.org/scholarships/.