possible for one Glen Oaks Community College student at a time, passed away on Friday, Feb. 11. Mr.
Graham established his Ernest R. Graham Upward Bound Scholarship in January 2009 and then added to
the scholarship fund in November 2010. The added donation before his death insured that the fund was
enhanced for an even larger annual scholarship award.
Graham, who was a Three Rivers resident for nearly 30 years, said he and his family felt
“education is vitally important.” His scholarship is awarded to talented students committed to Business
or Technology studies and who plan to complete a two-year degree or a certificate program at Glen Oaks
Community College. To be eligible students must successfully complete the Upward Bound program
designed to prepare qualifying high school students for college. Students must be enrolled full-time at
Glen Oaks (12 credit hours or more) and be pursuing a business or technical career. Scholarship
preference is given to St. Joseph County residents from in the Upward Bound program. Academic ability,
financial circumstances and career goals are also considered in the selection of recipients. The Graham
Scholarship called for students to maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average and the scholarship may be
applied to all education-related expenses.
Janene Breneman, Executive Director of the Glen Oaks Foundation, said Mr. Graham’s most
recent college scholarship recipient, Luther Baldwin, plans a business degree. One of ten children,
Baldwin is determined to get his bachelor degree. He has been involved in several community activities,
including handing out backpacks full of school supplies at the Back to School Celebration held at Three
Rivers High School, volunteering for the NAACP Annual Banquet, and participating in Reading with
Graham was very active in community projects, a Carver Center member and lifelong NAACP
member. He was named a Lifetime Member of the Three Rivers Lions Club where he served since 1991.