Adult Scholarship Program
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The Pokagon Fund established these scholarships for full-time adult residents of Chikaming, New Buffalo or Three Oaks Townships, and the city and villages therein, to promote career advancement. Scholarship awards are based on merit, financial need, and a clearly-articulated path for career advancement in a timely manner.

This scholarship is a non-discriminatory, educational scholarship program for the benefit of individuals who desire to advance their careers. This includes persons considered non-traditional students of at least 21 years of age who are:

  • entering a college, university, trade school or other accredited, organizational institution for the first time or reentering a college, university, trade school or other accredited, organizational institution after taking a temporary leave from their studies;
  •  already enrolled in a college, university, or trade school program who are pursuing an advanced, postsecondary degree;
  • seeking re-training, certification, or licensing from an accredited institution due to changes in the workplace and/or to make further career advancements; and,
  • otherwise not the traditional college, university, or trade school, having recently finished high school student (*see note below).

* A traditional undergraduate student is one who enrolls in college immediately after graduation from high school, pursues college studies on a continuous full-time basis at least during the fall and spring semesters, and completes a bachelor’s degree program in four or five years. The Pokagon Fund Adult Scholarship is not intended for individuals who fit the traditional undergraduate definition. Applications from traditional undergraduate students will be immediately disqualified.  If you would like to know if you are eligible, please contact The Pokagon Fund at (269) 469-9322 before applying.  



Scholarship Recipient Highlights
Meet Jourdan
Jourdan Thompson Scholarship

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Meet Chris
Chris Dohner

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Meet David
David Martin Scholarship

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Meet Barbara
Barbara Anderson Scholarship

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In 2017, The Pokagon Fund will partner with the Michigan Gateway Community Foundation (MGCF) to administer our new online applications for high school and adult scholarships. You will note that MGCF uses AwardsSpring as their scholarship management platform.  To apply for a scholarship, you will need to start the process by creating an account with AwardSpring at the following link: mgcf.awardspring.com.

Please be sure to review the document “Navigating AwardSpring: A Guide for Applicants” before establishing your account.  A MGCF online scholarship administrator will provide further direction if needed at (269) 695-3521 for assistance, or email mgcffrontdesk@gmail.com.

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Since its grant program began in 2007, The Pokagon Fund has awarded over $235,000 in adult scholarships. These scholarship recipients have attended 20 different colleges, universities and educational training programs. They are:

2012

Patricia Cantu, Lake Michigan College
Andrew Freehling, Lake Michigan College
Amy Putzke, Western Michigan University
Michelle Swain, Wound Care Educational Institute
Katie Willis, Southwestern Michigan College

2013

Michele Golebiewski, Barbri Bar Examination Review Course
David Martin, Gemological Institute of America
Jason Maynard, Western Michigan University
Brandi Smith, Frontier Nursing University
Nathan Smith, Purdue North Central
Kimberly Will, Brown Mackie College
Rebecca Conway, Western Michigan University
Jessica McManus, Lake Michigan College

2014

Barbara Anderson, Lake Michigan College
Melissa Baughman, Western Michigan University
Charlotte Curry, Real Estate Leadership Academy
Kellie DeWitt, Susan Church Permanent Makeup Education
Dan Giancaspro, Western Michigan University
Tony Giancaspro, Western Michigan University
Anna Rafalski, University of Chicago

2015

John Balich, Michigan State University
Kylie Maak, Lake Michigan College
Chris Dohner, West Michigan Commercial Driver’s License School
Amber Beck, Lake Michigan College
John Aurenz, Siena Heights University
Kristen Standifer, Ferris State University
Jourdan Thompson, Western Michigan University

2016 

Emma Brewster, Goshen College
Bonnie Christopher, International Assn. of Forensic Nurses
JoAnn Calo, Central Michigan University
Samuel Covert, Lake Michigan College
Colin Kenny, Purdue University Northwest
Michelle Nicely, Western Michigan University
Cassandra Strauss, Lake Michigan College
Jourdan Thompson, Western Michigan University
Eric Zavesky, Lake Michigan College

The Pokagon Fund believes that the ASIST program has positively impacted and enriched the personal life, employment, family and community of the scholarship recipients. The Fund is pleased to have been able to help so many worthy adults on their path to a better life.