ALPENA, MI. – One hundred sixty students from the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan (CFNEM) and its affiliate foundation service area have been awarded scholarships this year. Of that amount, 134 awards totaling $260,500 were awarded to students in the four-county region of Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency and Presque Isle Counties.
“The impact on their education is huge- especially after the year that they had.” said Jennifer Dingman, Program Director.
Dingman said the funds represent someone’s legacy in action, opening doors for northeast Michigan students to further their education. “I was able to attend one of the award nights. During that process it really hit home. I saw the impact that the scholarships have on these young people.”
With several donors, the scholarship funds varied on eligibility and region qualifications. “Any students within our nine county region were able to have their students apply.” said Dingman.
The hope is that the scholarships encourage the students to give back later down the road in their professional paths. “I really think that it is inspiring. It sets a new path for the chapter of their life. I hope that one day they will want to help in the same way.” said Dingman.
To see a full list of 2022 scholarship recipients, or to learn more about scholarship opportunities offered through CFNEM, visit cfnem.org. Scholarships for the 2023 season for the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan will be open in early January.