Scholarships

The Portage Education Foundation is pleased to share the applications for scholarships for 2015 graduating seniors. The scholarships range from $500 to $5,000.

Robert P. Amrhein Scholarship

This $4,000 scholarship was established in memory of this Northern High School alumnus, Class of 2006.   Applicant must be a current Northern High School student with at least two years of enrollment.

Deadline is February 13, 2015

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Chuck Evans Scholarship

Honoring the memory of the former Portage Northern principal, this $2,500 scholarship was established by the family of Chuck Evans for a graduating Northern High School senior who plans to major in education and become a teacher.

Applications due February 13, 2015

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Joyce A. Vliek Endowed Scholarship

This $2,500 scholarship was established this year in her memory by her husband Ted Vliek, Sr., and their family. She retired from Portage Schools in 1986 from a career as a Special Education teacher’s aide.

The scholarship is for a graduating senior of Portage Central or Portage Northern intending to pursue a degree in elementary education, with a preference toward Special Education.

Deadline is February 13, 2015

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Laura C. Dunlop Scholarship

Available for the first time in 2014, this renewable scholarship was created in memory of Laura C. Dunlop, a 1996 graduate of Central High School.  CHS seniors may apply for this scholarship and renew it for up to three additional years dependent on specific criteria. The scholarship will honor Laura's compassion, love of sports and willingness to help people less fortunate than herself.

Deadline is February 13, 2015

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Sue Nelmes Scholarship

This $1,000 scholarship was established by a Portage Central alumnus in honor of retired Portage Schools Social Studies teacher Sue Nelmes.  Applicant must attend Central High School.

Deadline is February 13, 2015

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Board of Education Endowed Scholarship

This $500 scholarship was created in honor of the Board of Education service of Dr. Kevin Hollenbeck, and is for a senior who plans to pursue a career in Education, Public Policy, or a related field such as public administration.

Deadline is February 13, 2015

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Scott Hammond Education-for-Employment Endowed Scholarship

This $500 scholarship was established in memory of the long-time staff member of Information & Technology Systems at Portage Public Schools.

The scholarship is for a graduating senior from Portage Central or Portage Northern who participated in the Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency’s Education-for-Employment program, with plans to pursue a technology-related field of study.

The scholarship is awarded through the Kalamazoo RESA Education-for-Employment Outstanding Senior Awards Program, initiated by an EFE teacher nomination.

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Ken Draayer Scholarship

This $500 scholarship was established in memory of Ken Draayer, owner of Dunshee Body and Frame, for a graduating Portage Schools senior planning to pursue an automotive career.

Deadline is February 13, 2015

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Donations

Donations can be made to any of these scholarships. Checks may be made to KCF / PEF with the name of the scholarship in the memo line (the PEF is a component fund of the Kalamazoo Community Foundation) and mailed to PEF, PO Box 2043, Portage MI 49081.