Ernest R. Graham Memorial Scholarship*


Mr. Graham, resident of the Three Rivers area for 26 years, brought up with a stern understanding from his mother and father that it was very important to get an education. Mr. Graham worked as an electrician in the Chicago area until his retirement in 1982. He was involved in community projects as an active member of the Three Rivers Lions Club since 1991, a member of the Carver Center, as well as, a long time member of the NAACP.

The original purpose of this Fund was to provide scholarship support to qualified individuals involved in the Upward Bound Program who intended to pursue any Certificate, Applied Science in Business or Technology Associate Program at Glen Oaks Community College. In the fall of 2012 the Upward Bound Program was discontinued at GOCC, as a result the eligibility and criteria for this scholarship have been amended. The scholarship continues on in keeping with the wishes of Mr. Graham to be awarded to talented students who plan to complete a two-year degree, or a certificate program at Glen Oaks Community College.


  • Students pursuing a degree or certificate in business or technical career
  • Students enrolled minimum part-time (6 credit hours or more)
  • Minimum GPA of 1.5


  • GOCC In-District Area (St. Joseph County Resident)
  • Student participating in the Occupational Student Success Program or TRIO Student Support Services Program

Selection Criteria:

  • Career goals
  • Financial need as determined and verified by FAFSA
  • Academic ability

Maintenance Criteria:

  • The recipients will be expected to maintain a semester GPA of at least 1.5 while receiving the scholarship.

Selection Process:

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


  • 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


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Whenever it appears that changing conditions make this plan no longer applicable, practical, or suited to the general purposes stated above, the College Foundation would confer with the donor or their representative to secure a modification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.

Deadline is August 12, 2022
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