Farmers State Bank Business Scholarship
Background:

The Farmers State Bank Business Scholarship was created to provide scholarship assistance to qualified individuals in the business programs at Glen Oaks Community College. This scholarship is to be awarded to students with financial need and committed to Business who plan to complete a two-year degree, or a qualified certificate program at Glen Oaks Community College.

The effect of this scholarship, in addition to functioning as a strong incentive for and a prestigious acknowledgement of excellence in business studies, would be to raise the rate of retention for talented business students by providing a strong and appealing reason for remaining at Glen Oaks Community College.

The Scholarship will serve to honor and substantially reward each year’s recipients and to significantly enhance and embellish the Glen Oaks Community College business program as a recruitment and retention tool.

Eligibility:

  • Student pursuing a business career
  • Business, finance major
  • Students must be enrolled full-time (12 credit hours or more)
  • Students must reside in any county where Farmers State Bank has a location, including but not limited to, St. Joseph County in Michigan, Elkhart County, Steuben County and LaGrange County in Indiana

Preference: None

Selection Criteria:

  • Financial circumstances (low to moderate income), academic ability, and career goals will be taken in consideration in selecting the recipients.

Maintenance Criteria:

  • The recipients of the Farmers State Bank Business Scholarship will be expected to maintain a semester GPA of at least 3.0 while receiving the scholarship.

Selection Process:

  • Students will be selected by the GOCC Foundation Scholarship Committee based upon the above criteria.

Use:

  • The scholarship may be applied to all education related expenses.

Amount and Number of Awards:

  • The amount of this award shall be $1,000 and given to benefit one student annually.

Prior Recipients:

  • Must reapply each year

Disbursements:

The Office of Financial Aid will disburse the scholarship according to the standard school policy.


If, at any time, the College Foundation policies and procedures in effect for the administration of award and scholarship funds are changed, these provisions are automatically modified to conform. The fund is established as of Whenever it appears that changing conditions make this plan no longer applicable, practical, or suited to the general purposes stated above, the College Foundation would confer with the donor or their representative to secure a modification of the plan. If the Foundation is unable to locate the donor or their representative after reasonable efforts, then the Foundation is authorized to utilize the fund for any other suitable educational purpose, so that the fund will provide the maximum service to the community through the advancement of higher education.

Century Bank and Trust Business Scholarship*
Background:

Century Bank and Trust has been serving Sturgis and the surrounding communities for over 117 years. Century Bank and Trust is an independent community bank providing a comprehensive range of business, trust and retail products and services. Over the past 117 years, Century Bank and Trust has grown into a profitable, stable institution encompassing St. Joseph, Branch and Hillsdale counties.

Eligibility:

  • Student pursuing a business or financial career
  • Business or finance major
  • Students must be enrolled full-time (12 credit hours or more)

Preference: GOCC Service Area

Selection Criteria:

  • Academic ability, financial circumstances and career goals will be taken in consideration in selecting the recipients.

Maintenance Criteria:

  • The recipients of the Century Bank and Trust Scholarship will be expected to maintain a semester GPA of at least 2.5 while receiving
    the scholarship.

Selection Process:

  • Students will be selected by the Foundation Scholarship Committee based upon the above criteria.

Use:

  • The scholarship may be applied to all education related expenses.

Amount and Number of Awards:

  • There shall be no limit on the number or amount of said scholarships provided the principal is not utilized.

Prior Recipients:

  • Must reapply

Disbursements:

The Office of Financial Aid will disburse the scholarship according to the standard school policy.

If, at any time, the College Foundation policies and procedures in effect for the administration of award and scholarship funds are changed, these provisions are automatically modified to conform.

Whenever it appears that changing conditions make this plan no longer applicable, practical, or suited to the general purposes stated above, the College Foundations would confer with the donor or their representative to secure a modification of the plan. If the Foundation is unable to locate the donor or their representative after reasonable efforts, then the Foundation is authorized to utilize the fund for any other suitable educational purpose, so that the fund will provide the maximum service to the community through the advancement of higher education.

Sturgis Bank and Trust Business Scholarship*
Background:

The Sturgis Bank & Trust Business Scholarship was created by the Bank Board and management of Sturgis Bank & Trust Company. The Sturgis Bank & Trust’s goal in establishing this scholarship is to assist bright minds that need the finishing touches which Glen Oaks can provide. Sturgis Bank & Trust believes economic development is one of the most vital roles a financial institution can fill in our community. Economic development can only be accomplished with motivated and well educated community members. Sturgis Bank & Trust wishes to promote successful businesses and skilled employees.

Glen Oaks plays a vital role in the development of human capital. Human capital is a major component of any successful economic enterprise. Many companies, rich in resources, but lacking in talented people to run them, fail.

Glen Oaks also provides on-going support for businesses that need to refresh their existing employees or prepare new employees to handle the rigor of our modern economy. Sturgis Bank & Trust Company has many Glen Oaks graduates employed. They encourage their employees to make education a lifelong endeavor. Glen Oaks provides easy access to many wonderful venues of education. Sturgis Bank & Trust is interested in supporting students that wish to enter the business world. The goal of this scholarship is to assist recipients with the opportunity to achieve greatness. The more obstacles that can be remove from the pathway to higher education, the more successful
our communities will become.

This scholarship is to be awarded to talented students committed to Business who plan to complete a two-year degree, or a qualified certificate program at Glen Oaks Community College.

Eligibility:

  • Student pursuing a business or financial career
  • Business major
  • Students must be enrolled full-time (12 credit hours or more)
  • Must have a 2.5 GPA

Preference: GOCC Service Area

Selection Criteria:

  • Academic ability, financial circumstances and career goals will be taken in consideration in selecting the recipients.

Maintenance Criteria:

  • The recipients of the Sturgis Bank & Trust Scholarship will be expected to maintain a semester GPA of at least 3.0 while receiving the scholarship.

Selection Process:

  • Students will be selected by the GOCC Foundation Scholarship Committee based upon the above criteria.

Use:

  • The scholarship may be applied to all education related expenses.

Amount and Number of Awards:

  • There shall be no limit on the number or amount of said scholarships provided the principal is not utilized.
  • Must reapply

Disbursements:

The Office of Financial Aid will disburse the scholarship according to the standard school policy.

If, at any time, the College Foundation policies and procedures in effect for the administration of award and scholarship funds are changed, these provisions are automatically modified to conform.

The fund is now endowed as of October 16, 2007.

Whenever it appears that changing conditions make this plan no longer applicable, practical, or suited to the general purposes stated above, the College Foundation would confer with the donor or their representative to secure a modification of the plan. If the Foundation is unable to locate the donor or their representative after reasonable efforts, then the Foundation is authorized to utilize the fund for any other suitable educational
purpose, so that the fund will provide the maximum service to the community through the advancement of higher education.

Dr. George R. Hoekzema Business Studies Scholarship*
Background:

Dr. George R. Hoekzema created this Fund by establishing a Trust that upon his death, May 12, 2002 at age 94, a portion of his estate would be donated to the Glen Oaks Community College Foundation to establish the Dr. George R. Hoekzema Business Studies Scholarship.

Dr. Hoekzema was a long-time resident of Colon, Michigan following his graduation from the Kirksville College of Osteopathy and Surgery in 1932. Dr. Hoekzema had practiced general medicine in the Colon area for more than 50 years. He was very active in community groups, the Colon United Methodist Church, and Colon Community Schools. His generosity to Glen Oaks Community College will be greatly recognized and appreciated well into the future.

Eligibility:

  • Students must pursue an Associate of Business Degree
  • Students must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours or more
  • New students must have a 2.50 G.P.A. minimum in high school
  • Returning GOCC students must have a 2.50 G.P.A.
  • Must be a St. Joseph County resident

Preference:

  • Full-time student (12 credit hours or more)

Selection Criteria:

  • Financial circumstances, academic ability, and career goals will be taken in consideration in selecting the recipients.

Maintenance Criteria:

  • The recipients of the Dr. George R. Hoekzema Business Studies Scholarship will be expected to maintain a GPA of least 2.50 while receiving the scholarship.

Selection Process:

  • Students will be selected by the scholarship committee based upon the above criteria.

Use:

  • The scholarship may be applied to all education related expenses.

Amount and Number of Awards:

  • If possible, a minimum of two students will be awarded $1,000 per year (at full-time) provided the principal is not utilized. The scholarship committee will make final determination of the number and amount awarded based on availability of funds.

Prior Recipients:

  • Prior recipients may reapply, if eligible.

Disbursements:

The Office of Financial Aid will disburse the scholarship according to the standard school policy.

If, at any time, the College Foundation policies and procedures in effect for the administration of award and scholarship funds are changed, these provisions are automatically modified to conform.

Whenever it appears that changing conditions make this plan no longer applicable, practical, or suited to the general purposes stated above, the College Foundation would confer with the donor or their representative to secure a modification of the plan. If the Foundation is unable to locate the donor or their representative after reasonable efforts, then the Foundation is authorized to utilize the fund for any other suitable educational purpose, so that the fund will provide the maximum service to the community through the advancement of higher education.

Richard M. Bell Banking Scholarship*
Background:

The Richard M. Bell Banking Scholarship was created following his death August 25, 2002. Mr. Bell died while serving as President of the Glen Oaks Community College Foundation. Mr. Bell served as president of the Glen Oaks Community College Foundation from 1994 until his death. Mr. Bell retired as President of the First National Bank of Three Rivers in 2001. Mr. Bell was in banking his entire career. He considered his most prized professional recognition to be his appointment to the Federal Reserve Board. Dick also was past president of the Michigan Association of Community Bankers and several other professional boards and associations.

Mr. Bell additionally was a member of the Three Rivers Rotary Club, Three Rivers Chamber of Commerce, the Carnegie Center for the Arts, the Three Rivers Foundation, and the Sauganash Golf Club.

Dick’s wife June, son Brian, and daughter Lauren requested Memorial Contributions be used to initiate the Richard M. Bell Banking Scholarship. The First National Bank of Three Rivers and the Glen Oaks Community College Foundation were majority contributors to the initial endowment of this scholarship.

Eligibility:

  • Student pursuing a business or financial career
  • Business, finance, or banking major
  • Students must be enrolled full-time (12 credit hours or more)

Preference: GOCC Service Area

Selection Criteria:

  • Academic ability, financial circumstances and career goals will be taken in consideration in selecting the recipients.

Maintenance Criteria:

  • The recipients of the Richard M. Bell Scholarship will be expected to maintain a semester GPA of at least 2.5 while receiving the scholarship.

Selection Process:

  • Students will be selected by the scholarship committee based upon the above criteria and recommendations by First National Bank of Three Rivers.

Use:

  • The scholarship may be applied to all education related expenses.

Amount and Number of Awards:

  • There shall be no limit on the number or amount of said scholarships provided the principal is not utilized.

Prior Recipients:

  • Must reapply

Disbursements:

  • The Office of Financial Aid will disburse the scholarship according to the standard school policy.

 

If, at any time, the College Foundation policies and procedures in effect for the administration of award and scholarship funds are changed, these provisions are automatically modified to conform.

Whenever it appears that changing conditions make this plan no longer applicable, practical, or suited to the general purposes stated above, the College Foundation would confer with the donor or their representative to secure a modification of the plan. If the Foundation is unable to locate the donor or their representative after reasonable efforts, then the Foundation is authorized to utilize the fund for any other suitable educational purpose, so that the fund will provide the maximum service to the community through the advancement of higher education.

Kenneth C. Schuler Memorial Scholarship*

Background:Kenneth Schuler had an unconditional love for the staff and students at Glen Oaks Community College. He felt very strongly about having a community college in the county, so that students who may not be able to travel away to college could still receive a quality education.

In 1967, Glen Oaks was a brand new college, which was ready to grow into the future. However, as with many new establishments, and as the years passed, the college encountered numerous budgetary challenges. At those times, whenever Ken heard rumblings of the possibility of the “Oaks” eliminating sports, he would ponder why, and then set into motion well thought out suggestions and creative ideas to not let drastic cuts happen. Today, you can see that Ken’s efforts were not in vain; Glen Oaks has a fine compliment of many sports, for both men and women, of which he was extremely proud.

Ken was very close to the students and knew that many of them would not have challenged themselves to attain a college education if the option of playing sports was not available, Ken knew this because he, too, was drawn to college because of his love of playing basketball. Ken’s parents could not afford to send him to college, but fortunately, Ken had a higher authority in his comer. God gave Ken the gift of being an outstanding basketball player, which enabled him to achieve his dream of a college education. This gift took him on a joyful ride, to a full scholarship, where he attained both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Kenneth’s last wishes were to “gift forward” a Memorial Scholarship to Glen Oaks. The scholarship is to be awarded to both a male and a female athlete. His desire was for the recipients of the scholarship to set goals, to complete their education and to strive for their ambitions in life.

Eligibility:

  • Students must pursue an Associate Degree or Certificate
  • Students must have and maintain a GPA of 2.5
  • Students must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours, otherwise attach statement of condition
  • Returning students must be a member in good standing as determined by the Athletic Director

Preference:

  • Basketball, student athletes, one female and one male with positive, enthusiastic attitudes. The athletes should have goals and a strong desire to acquire a college education.

Selection Criteria:

  • Academic ability, financial circumstances and career goals will be taken in consideration when selecting the recipients.

Maintenance Criteria:

  • The recipients of the Kenneth C. Schuler Memorial Athletic Scholarship will be expected to maintain a semester GP A of at least 2.5 while receiving the scholarship.
  • Students must remain a member in good standing as determined by the Head Coach and Athletic Director.

Selection Process:

  • The students will be selected by the scholarship committee based upon the above criteria in consultation with the Head Coach, Athletic Director and a former basketball player from one of Kenneth Schuler’s previous teams. Beginning with the 1967-68 basketball team, one former player will be invited to participate on the selection committee for one year. Each year another former player will be invited to represent the next year’s team. (1968-69) this team tradition will continue into the future, along with the scholarship.
  • The scholarship may be applied to all education related expenses.

Amount and Number of Awards:

  • Donor has requested that two (2) awards, one female and one male student, be awarded scholarships based on availability of funds, provided the principal is not utilized.

Prior Recipients:

  • Must reapply

Disbursements:
The Office of Financial Aid will disburse the scholarship according to the standard school policy. If, at any time, the College Foundation policies and procedures in effect for the administration of award and scholarship funds are changed, these provisions are automatically modified to conform. Whenever it appears that changing conditions make this plan no longer applicable, practical, or suited to the general purposes stated above, the College Foundation would confer with the donor or their representative to secure a modification of the plan. If the Foundation is unable to locate the donor or their representative after reasonable efforts, then the Foundation is authorized to utilize the fund for any other suitable educational purpose, so that the fund will provide the maximum service to the community through the advancement of higher education.

Jim Bishop Memorial Athletic Scholarship*
Background:

Athletics and Glen Oaks allowed Jim Bishop to get the education he so desired. Glen Oaks and the Athletic Department had a special place in Jim’s heart. He played on the first basketball teams at Glen Oaks Community College for Coach Ken Schuler. Jim was also a coaching assistant for the teams in the 1970’s.

The Jim Bishop Athletic Scholarship Fund was initially established in 1980 after Jim’s death from an auto accident. Jim attended Glen Oaks during its initial two years of existence. Jim’s family funded this scholarship to allow athletes in this county to get an education and play the sport they love at the same time. Jim and his family believed athletics are an important aspect of Glen Oaks and St. Joseph County.

Eligibility:

  • Students must pursue an Associate Degree or Certificate
  • Students must have and maintain a G.P.A. of 2.5
  • Students must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours
  • Returning students must be a member in good standing of their respective sport as determined by the Head Coach and Athletic Director

Preference: Sophomore Basketball student athlete with a positive enthusiastic attitude

Selection Criteria:

  • Academic ability, financial circumstances and career goals will be taken in consideration in selecting the recipients
  • Consideration will be given to recommendations from faculty and high school staff

Maintenance Criteria:

  • The recipients of the Jim Bishop Athletic Scholarship will be expected to maintain a semester GPA of at least 2.5 while receiving the scholarship
  • Must remain to be a member in good standing with their respective sport

Selection Process:

  • Students will be selected by the Athletic Director

Use:

  • The scholarship may be applied to all education related expenses.

Amount and Number of Awards:

  • There shall be no limit on the number or amount of said scholarships provided the principal is not utilized.

Prior Recipients:

  • Must reapply

Disbursements:
The Office of Financial Aid will disburse the scholarship according to the standard school policy.

If, at any time, the College Foundation policies and procedures in effect for the administration of award and scholarship funds are changed, these provisions are automatically modified to conform.

Whenever it appears that changing conditions make this plan no longer applicable, practical, or suited to the general purposes stated above, the College Foundation would confer with the donor or their representative to secure a modification of the plan. If the Foundation is unable to locate the donor or their representative after reasonable efforts, then the Foundation is authorized to utilize the fund for any other suitable educational
purpose, so that the fund will provide the maximum service to the community through the advancement of higher education.

Joslin Memorial Art Scholarship*
Background:
The Joslin Memorial Art Scholarship is being established by Burr and Elizabeth Joslin in memory of Burr’s parents Marion Wakefield and F. Burr Joslin, who were, respectively, a fashion artist, and a residential architect.

The Joslin Memorial Art Scholarship is established to recognize exceptional Glen Oaks Community College students pursuing an Art Degree. The scholarship is to be awarded to talented students committed to art who plan to finish a two year degree at Glen Oaks and to complete a four year degree elsewhere.

The effect of this scholarship, in addition to functioning as a strong incentive for and a prestigious acknowledgement of excellence in art, would be to raise the rate of retention for talented art majors by providing a strong and appealing reason for remaining at Glen Oaks Community College.

The Scholarship will serve to honor and substantially reward each year’s recipients and to significantly enhance and embellish the Glen Oaks Community College art program as a recruitment and retention tool.

Eligibility:

  • Maintain full time student status
  • Art major
  • First year students will be eligible directly out of high school

Preference: none

Selection Criteria:

  • Talented and committed
  • Outstanding art skills and abilities
  • Will be attending core art classes
  • Active participant in the Art Program
  • Participation in activities and projects beyond standard class activities, may include voluntary commitment to maintenance of college art pieces

Selection Process:

  • Students will be selected by the Director of the Art Department in consultation with the Dean of the College and the Director of Financial Aid/Scholarship
  • Students may be identified out of high school by recommendation of their School Counselor or High School Art Instructor
  • Final selection by the end of April or prior to their second year

Use:
This is a Scholarship to be granted to the student for education related expenses.

Amount and Number of Awards:

  • Number and size determined by availability of funds and number of qualified applicants
  • Minimum of one $1,000 award each year based on the availability of funds

Prior Recipients: N/A

Disbursement:
The Office of Financial Aid will disburse the scholarship according to the standard school policy.

If, at any time, the College Foundation policies and procedures in effect for the administration of award and scholarship funds are changed, these provisions will be automatically modified to conform.

The donor initiated this award in February 1994. This fund was initially established as an award and not endowed. In August of 2002 the Award was reestablished as a Scholarship, as it is now documented.

The fund is now endowed and monies will be held in a restricted endowed account. Distribution shall begin in the 2003/04 school years, until that time the Marion Wakefield and F. Burr Joslin Memorial Art Award will be given.

Whenever it appears that changing conditions make this plan no longer applicable, practical, or suited to the general purposes stated above, the College Foundation will confer with the donor or their representative to secure a modification of the plan. If the Foundation is unable to locate the donor or their representative after reasonable efforts, then the Foundation is authorized to utilize the fund for any other suitable educational purpose, so that the fund will provide the maximum service to the community through the advancement of higher education.