Canton Community Foundation

Many donors create scholarship funds to help our community's students achieve their educational dreams. Creating a scholarship fund is easy, and the type of scholarship is completely up to you. You can establish the fund in honor of someone, in memory of a loved one or friend, or even name the fund after yourself or your family.

You may also choose the requirements for your scholarship. Perhaps you want to help students that are interested in a specific career field, such as engineering or social work.  Or maybe you would require the scholarship be used specifically for students interested in attending a specific college or university. You may also establish a scholarship for non-traditional students — adults who are returning to college to complete their education, vocational school options, etc. It's your choice. Scholarship recipients will be chosen based on your criteria.

We Work With You
When you have determined that you want to establish a scholarship, the CCF staff will work with you to develop the criteria you want. We will establish the fund and handle all of the administration and maintenance of the fund.

Tax Benefits
When you establish a scholarship fund, tax benefits apply as in any other type of fund. You will receive the maximum tax deduction in the year you make your gift.

Scholarship Selection Process
CCF has a Scholarship Committee consisting of board members, community members and fund founders. As a new fund founder, you are welcome to join this committee and participate in the process if you wish. The Scholarship Committee meets 2-3 times annually.  Once in the winter to determine if changes are needed in the application or review process.  Once in the spring to review all applications and make decisions. And finally in the summer for a "wrap-up" meeting.  Some scholarship funds fall in different program periods, or have a need for a unique selection process. CCF staff will work with each donor/organization in order to provide a streamlined selection process that works for each situation.

Scholarship Funds Include:

Canton Police Benevolence Scholarship Fund 
This scholarship is open to all seniors currently participating in a recognized Police Explorer program at a police department within Wayne County. Applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a letter of recommendation from their agency advisor.

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CantonSoccerClubimageCanton Soccer Club Fund
This scholarship fund was created to support current and past Canton Soccer Club participants. The scholarship is open to any resident of the State of Michigan that has played with the Canton Soccer Club for a minimum of four years. They must have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.75, and a letter of recommendation from a teacher or coach. 

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Jack-Margaret-DemmerJack Demmer Ford Scholarship Fund
This scholarship is open to all seniors graduating or current college students attending any college or university with any major. This scholarship requires that the applicant has maintained a GPA of 3.0 or higher. 

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Denski Family Scholarship Fund 

The Denski daughters were both active as cheerleaders when they attended Plymouth-Canton High School. During their four years of dedication to the sport the family was given a full perspective of the commitment of cheerleading in balancing practice and games with maintaining studies to prepare for college. This scholarship is open to all senior cheerleaders graduating from the Plymouth/Canton Community School District who are planning to attend any college or university as a full-time student. Applicants must have a minimum of 40 hours of documented community service. Applicants must also provide a letter of recommendation from their cheerleading coach. 

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Elizabeth-DurackElizabeth Durack Memorial Fund 
This scholarship fund was created as a way to memorialize Elizabeth Durack. The scholarship is available to all “non-traditional” students who plan to attend any college or university in Michigan in the fall. A non-traditional student is generally someone beginning college later in life or returning to college following an extended absence.

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Jerry and Gayle Grady Scholarship Fund 
This scholarship fund was created to support students at Eastern Michigan University that will major in Accounting. Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Jerry and Gayle Grady and EMU are matching funds to make these scholarships possible. 

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Eve Grigg Memorial Scholarship Fund 
This scholarship fund was created as a way to memorialize Eve Grigg. The scholarship is available to one or more eligible students who are current or former graduates of Bad Axe High School and have at least a 3.25 grade point average and a minimum of 20 hours of documented community service at the time of graduation. 

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Heather-Nicole-HillHeather Nicole Hill Scholarship Fund 
This scholarship fund was created as a way to memorialize Heather Nicole Hill, a former graduate of Starkweather Alternative High School and budding artist. This scholarship is open to all graduating seniors enrolled at the Starkweather Alternative High School who are planning to attend Schoolcraft College as a full- or part-time student with any major, but who have an appreciation for art.  Students attending a college, university or trade school other than Schoolcraft are eligible; however Schoolcraft matches the funds for this scholarship.  Art samples must be provided.

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Linda-Hutchinson-FundLinda Hutchinson Scholarship Fund 
This scholarship fund was created as a way to memorialize Linda Hutchinson, who was a secretary at Model High School for 12 years. The scholarship is available to all seniors graduating from Model High School or from the Bloomfield Hills School District that embody the core competencies shared by both Linda and Model High School. 

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Livonia Firefighters Local 1164 Scholarship Fund 
These scholarships are available to any Livonia resident who is a graduating high school senior from any high school. Requirements include a minimum GPA of 3.5, two letters of recommendation (one teacher/counselor; one personal reference), and a 500-word essary describing how they have made a difference in their school or community. Students may attend any college, university or trade school and choose any course of study.

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Jason Russell Maurer Memorial Scholarships 
These scholarship are available to graduating high-school seniors and those who just completed their freshman year of college and who attend Woodside Bible Church — Troy Campus.  This scholarship requires that the applicant attend Woodside Bible Church regularly — and have documented community Service.  Scholarships may be awarded to those attending any college, university or trade school.

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PiepsneyDustin Piepsney Memorial Scholarship Fund 
This scholarship fund was created as a way to memorialize Dustin Piepsney. This scholarship is available to all student athletes who were involved in wrestling, football, and/or baseball. Applicants may attend any college or university as a full-time student in the fall. Applicants must have a letter of recommendation from their coach.

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Marvin-SchulzMarvin Schulz Memorial Scholarship Fund
This scholarship fund was created as a way to memorialize Marvin Schulz. Marvin was an educator for many years and had a love for his students, as well as the University of Michigan. Therefore this scholarship is available to all students graduating from the Plymouth/Canton Community School District who plan to attend either the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor or University of Michigan-Dearborn. 

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Fred Thomann Memorial Scholarship Fund
This fund was created as a memorial to Fred Thomann, whose two passions were basketball and teaching. This scholarship is available to all student athletes graduating from the Plymouth/Canton Community School District. Applicants must be majoring in Education at any college or university in the fall. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. A letter of recommendation is required from both a coach and a teacher (the two may not be the same). 

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Keith Patrick Torp Memorial Scholarship Fund
The Keith Patrick Torp Memorial Scholarships are open to two different groups.  The first is available to any PCCS graduating senior who has participated in pom pon who plans to attend any any college or university as a full-time student.  The second is offered to both graduating senior PCCS students planning to attent Washtenaw Community College or those already attending WCC who are in the automotive and motorcycle technology program.  

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Marjorie and Donald Treadwell Scholarship Fund
This scholarship was created to honor Marjorie and Donald Treadwell and their commitment to Grosse Ile schools, student achievement and community service. The scholarship is available to Grosse Ile Public Schools students who are graduating with a minimum 3.5 grade point average and have demonstrated quality extra-curricular and community involvement. 

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Meredith-WhalenMeredith Whalen Memorial Scholarship Fund 
This scholarship was created in memory of Meredith Whalen, a Canton High School alumni who went on to graduate from the University of Michigan with a business degree. Following graduation, she accepted a position with the investment firm of Fred Alger Management in New York City. On September 11, 2001, Meredith was killed in the World Trade Center. This scholarship is available to all female students graduating from the Plymouth/Canton Community School District who plan to attend any college or university with a major in Business.

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