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Community Foundation Awards $287,000 in Scholarships

Area students who are planning to attend college this fall, either in person or online, will be aided by scholarship funding from the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation.

This year, the Community Foundation awarded more than $287,000 in scholarships to 190 recipients.

“We know that this year in particular area students and their families have been faced with unprecedented challenges,” said Alison Metiva, Community Foundation vice president of strategic engagement and programs. “The Community Foundation model is uniquely designed to last forever, and in a season when the experience of planning for college has been so disrupted, we’re grateful to be able to offer the same level of scholarship funding for our students.”

The Community Foundation offers scholarship opportunities to current high school seniors and returning college students, as well as trade school students, based on a range of criteria, such as financial need, community involvement, academic performance, and planned major or career path.

“The ongoing investment by generous donors over the years has positioned us as a community asset for local students pursuing educational opportunities,” said Gina Thornbury, program officer. “Because of the foundation laid by our donors, we’re able to remain a benefit to our community both today and for future generations.”

The Community Foundation is home to nearly 100 scholarship funds established by regional donors over the course of its 28-year history. For more information on Community Foundation scholarships, visit www.gtrcf.org/scholarships/. To see a full listing of the 2020 scholarship recipients visit www.gtrcf.org/scholarships/scholarship-recipients.

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