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 Courtney M. Tilley Memorial Scholarship is for a Traverse City Central male or female varsity athlete going into a trade school/ program or apprenticeship. High GPA is not a requirement.
The Tilley family awarded the first scholarship only four months after Courtney's death from an accident. Trying to make something positive from a negative, the family gave serious thought to what aspects of Courtney's life contributed to making him the adult he became. Two things stood out: his life long love of sports/ athletics, and his career in the trades.
Courtney played baseball and varsity football at Traverse City Central under Roger Wood. He was first team All-Conference his senior year. At the age of 22 he built a 1700 square foot home on three acres of land outside Interlochen where he and his wife resided. He was planning on testing for his journeyman's license the summer of 2002 but passed away the previous February shortly before turning 24.