Education changes lives: Scholarships make education possible

At Glen Oaks Community College, our mission is to provide the best learning environment possible for our students. The results are life
changing as students add value to their lives as many new doors are opened for them. Many of these students are first-generation college attending and need much support to be successful.

One area where this support is so important is financial. While many students qualify for federal and state financial aid, there are always even greater needs. This is where scholarships make such a significant difference to many students.

Annually, the college provides scholarship in four main categories. In 2013-14 there were 225 scholarships awarded with a grand total
of $251,754. Those include general college scholarships, athletic scholarships and community based such as service clubs scholarships, etc.

On a personal note, I am a first generation student who received two community based scholarships (Rotary and Dollars for Scholars)
and these made all the difference in my ability to manage the financial challenges. I have spent the last—almost forty years—working to repay their support and also pay it forward. I encourage anyone with a desire to help students reach their dreams to consider contributing to the scholarship fund of your choice or even endowing one with the College. You never know how much of a difference you may make until you invest in our future—our students.

-Dr. David Devier, President
Glen Oaks Community College


Hambright is winner—50th Anniversary Logo Design Contest

Congtratulations to Courtney Hambright, of Sturgis. Hambright, a Glen Oaks graphic design major, who is a graphic designer for the Sturgis Journal, designed the winning entry in the 50th Anniversary Logo Contest. Plans are to use the anniversary logo on publications and documents throughout 2015 as an awareness of the College’s 50th anniversary. Hambright wins a $50 gift certificate to The Oaks Store. Second place runner up is Hayley Taylor, of Three Rivers. Taylor wins a $20 gift certificate from Trio’s Deli.


The holidays —a special time to thank our donors

During this holiday season, we take time to thank those who have been there to support Glen Oaks students. Over 58 students were recipients of 37 different permanently endowed scholarship funds this past year with an approximate total of over $47,000 in Glen Oaks Foundation funds. Scholarships are made available through generous donations from the faculty, staff, community organizations and
private donors. Students are awarded scholarships based on a number of factors, such as academic achievement, financial need, community involvement, volunteerism, program major and more. Glen Oaks wishes to congratulate all of the recipients and thank all of the sponsors, many whom have been supporting students for a very long time.


Joslin Memorial Art Scholarship
Vianey Castaneda, Sturgis


Paul P. Clark Golf Scholarship

Jim Bishop Memorial Athletic Scholarship
Courtney Moore, Three Rivers
Quilyn Howard Upshaw, Ft. Wayne


Richard M. Bell Banking Scholarship
Christina Morrison, Three Rivers

Century Bank & Trust Business Scholarship
Deshea Payton, Three Rivers

Dr. George R. Hoekzema Business Studies
Joshua Jarvis, Constantine
Bianca Olivares, Sturgis
Kaitlyn Vrydaghs, Three Rivers
Trevor Leist, Sturgis
Amanda Frye, Three Rivers
Katelyn Crites, Sturgis
Francisco Nava, Three Rivers
Autumn Lockwood, Three Rivers

Farmers State Bank Business Scholarship
Joshua Jarvis
Austin Pueschel

Southern Michigan Bank & Trust Business
Kelvin Miller, Coldwater

Sturgis Bank & Trust Business Scholarship
Christina Morrison, Three Rivers


Augspurger Scholarship

Jessie Alice Ray General Studies Scholarship
Tim Taylor, Sturgis
Jasmine Long, Centreville
Kalvin Ludwig, Three Rivers
Tyler Belote, Sturgis
Jessica Glass, Marcellus
Tiffany Jackson, Three Rivers
Mitcell Prestine-Dehn, Sturgis
Katrina Mitchell, White Pigeon
Sarah Hutson, Colon
DeVonna Allison, Burr Oak
Alicia Bryant, Three Rivers
Anika Gasich, Three Rivers
Mariah Decloedt, Sturgis
Makayla Krebs, Sturgis

LTI Printing Scholarship Program
Amy Ulmer, Sturgis
Corey Chapman, Sturgis

Elmer Black Community Leadership Scholarship
Anika Gasich, Three Rivers

Gary & Susan Wheeler Leadership Scholarship
Kelvin Miller, Coldwater

Gray Brothers Stamping Machine Company Sch.

Indiana Michigan Power Scholars Endowment

James Martin Memorial Scholarship
Keny Chapman, Three Rivers
Carrie Canavan, Mendon

Senator Harry Gast Leadership Scholarship
Tim Taylor, Sturgis

Mitchell Baker General Studies Scholarship
Jacob Gauthier, Sturgis

Glen Oaks Community College Foundation
Madison Carlton, Three Rivers


Alice & George F. Field Nursing Scholarship
Breanna Gearhart, Three Rivers

Jaffe (Fredrica, Neva, & Abraham) Scholarship
Jessica Bell, Sturgis
Paula Zepf, Three Rivers
Rebecca Hice, Constantine

Mary A. Hoffine Nursing Scholarship
David Roderick, Bronson

Howard & Betty Lambertson Medical Studies
Kyle Ray, Sturgis
McKenna Bibb, Sturgis
Tracy Roberts, Constantine

Runyan Nursing Scholarship
Gillian Cupp, Three Rivers

Dennis & Sharon Baker Nursing Scholarship
Michelle Forbes, Sturgis

Donald & Eloise Wiedenbeck Nursing Sch.
Kari McClain, Three Rivers

Joan & Richard Jacobs Nursing Scholarship
Paula Semenczuk, Three Rivers

Patricia J. Wortinger Nursing Scholarship
Casie Lemley, Centreville

Ward/MacMillan Memorial Scholarship
Sabra Reingardt, White Pigeon

Ron & Keli Lynn Roach Memorial Hlth. Occup.
Heather Smith, Sturgis


Bernice L. Strang Memorial Fund
Nicole Hochstetler, Three Rivers
Susan Munoz, Sturgis
Katrina Mitchell, White Pigeon

Jessie A. Ray Memorial Scholarship
Samantha Griffin, Mendon

Kenneth R. Nelson Scholarship
McKay Sussdorf, Three Rivers


Donis Armstrong “A Step Up to the Sciences”
Skye Russell, Mendon
Joseph Lazzari, Sturgis



  • Representatives from the state visited the College to review a Capital Outlay request for renovation of the library space for a combined Library/Learning Center, and renovation of the Tutoring and Testing Center into an Art Studio/Gallery. Discussions continue on this project.
  • The College is pursuing a $50 million Community College Skilled Trades Equipment program grant that would be used to upgrade equipment in areas of high demand skilled trades.
  • The Athletics Office has put together a committee to develop an Athletic Hall of Fame that will commence with the 50th Anniversary of the College.


Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for a Joyous New Year!


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