Financial assistance

The MARSP Foundation Board determined in 1995 that one area of education in which there seems to be a void was financial assistance for the public school employees.  “Some time ago I enthusiastically supported the idea that the Foundation provide scholarships to working members of the retirement system who wanted to improve their position in the workforce through continuing education,” said Foundation Past Chairman Richard J. Smith.  The first scholarships were awarded in 1996.  The scholarship is available for all public school employees, no matter what their current position is, as long as they are furthering their education in an area that will be beneficial to working in the public school arena.  The scholarship grants are disbursed in July, and are usually for the fall semester for the year in which the scholarship is awarded.  To date, the MARSP Foundation has awarded over 75 scholarships, in amounts ranging from $300 to $1000.

Funds for the scholarships come from the contributions of MARSP members and supporters.  Checks or credit card payments can be mailed to the MARSP Foundation directly, and come in various amounts from $1.00 to $1,000.  If you would like to make a contribution to this worthwhile project, you may send a check or money order, or make a credit card payment using the contribution form in Foundation Resources.

Because the Foundation Scholarship Fund is a designated fund, it cannot be used for any other purpose.  Also, contributions to the fund may be tax-deductible for those who itemize.

If you who would like to apply for the scholarship, or know of someone who would, please complete, or give to another applicant, the scholarship application form included in Foundation Resources.  Applications are accepted only from January 1 to March 31 of the year in which the scholarship will be awarded. If you have a question regarding the dates, please contact the MARSP office.  Following are the eligibility requirements.

Eligibility: Any current employee of any public school system which reports to MPSERS (Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System) may receive a scholarship grant for any and all educational endeavors available from, but not limited to, a four-year degree granting institution of higher learning, a community college, a technical or vocational institution within the state of Michigan, or seminars/workshops offered by any legally established professional organization from within the state of Michigan.  It is expected that the recipient will agree to continue to work in a Michigan public sector educational institution for at least one year following the date of the completion of the training.  Withdrawal from the program prior to completion may result in a loss of funding.  The grant shall not exceed $1,000.00.  Disbursement of all scholarship funds (tuition and materials) shall be made directly to the institution or professional organization up to the amount of the scholarship award.  IRS requires the recipient’s social security number to receive this grant.

MARSP Foundation Scholarship Committee
Tom Nyquist, Manistee County Chapter, Chairman
Lynda Manthey, Allegan County Chapter                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Louise Somerlot, Shiawassee County Chapter

MARSP Foundation Scholarship Fund Recipients

Recipient NameHometownCollege/University Attending
Cassandra BedtelyonWest Branch, MIBaker College
Elizabeth LitznerSt. Ignace, MINorthern Michigan University
Rachel ReichSault Ste Marie, MIWestern Governor's University
Tracy WhittkopfKingsford, MILake Superior State University
Jason LehmanDeTour Village, MIWestern Governor's University
Beth ReedNewberry, MIOakland University
Deanna RobinetteEscanaba, MIBay de Noc Community College
Narissa RossThree Rivers, MIWestern Michigan University
Brittany StabileSault Ste. Marie, MIGrand Valley State University
Danielle AshJenison, MICentral Michigan University
Ayla KitchenReed City, MICentral Michigan University
Helen PaquetteIron Mountain, MIBay de Noc Community College
Jessica SavoieRudyard, MILake Superior State University
Bonita "Bo" WinklerIron Mountain, MINorthern Michigan University
Whitney BeauchampIron Mountain, MIACE Program
Terri FeronniSault Ste. Marie, MIBay Mills Community College
Kathryn JenningsBarbeau, MIGrand Valley State University
Jennifer MientkiewiczNew Boston, MIMadonna University
Mandy SpringerEast Lansing, MISummer Institute at Okemos High
Robin WintonFairview, MIFerris State University
Kristin CroweNorthville, MIOakland University
Brady FlachsStanwood, MICentral Michigan University
Adam GumbrechtHolt, MIEaton Rapids Schools
Derek LoundsGrand Ledge, MI Central Michigan University
No scholarships awarded
Susan Boven Caledonia, MILearner’s Edge Inc.
Tammy HereauCornell, MILake Superior State University
Lori JanczewskiRose City, MISaginaw Valley State University
Adriana Ranta Mason, MIEastern Michigan University
Lynn AmatoBoyne City, MIGrand Valley State University
Jennifer BessFarmington Hills, MIEastern Michigan University
Kimberly ColeDetroit, MIUniversity of Detroit Mercy
Tammy HereauCornell, MILake Superior State University
Michelle PiferWilliamston, MIMichigan Technological University
Shannon TrippAlto, MIWestern Michigan University
Heidi AldrichBreckenridge, MI Central Michigan University
Dean GageSaranac, MIFerris State University
Olivier HarmenilHolt, MIBureau of Education & Research
Kerry ZylkaSouth Lyon, MIEastern Michigan University
Lisa BellFlint, MIUniversity of Michigan-Flint Campus
Jill BlyveisOtsego, MIKalamazoo Valley Community College
Katherine DemorestBattle Creek, MIMichigan State University
Cherril LottRedford, MI Eastern Michigan University
Kerry ZylkaSouth Lyon, MIEastern Michigan University
Mark BurtonCedar Springs, MICornerstone University
Susan BuskenNorton Shores, MIGrand Valley State University
Linda FineoutIndian River, MISpring Arbor University
Molly Ross Caseville, MISaginaw Valley State University
Sherrieanne Farnsworth Gregory, MIEastern Michigan University
Molly RossCaseville, MISaginaw Valley State University
Rayme MartineauAutrain, MINorthern Michigan University
Lori SimpsonOtisville, MIEastern Michigan University
Denise A. ColeKalamazoo, MI, Western Michigan University
Barbara A. HoffmeyerOnaway, MI Spring Arbor University
Sharon L. MorganKalamazoo, MI Western Michigan University
Heidi K.YagerMuskegon, MI Grand Valley State University
Pamela M. AckleyCharlotte, MI Lansing Community College
Brie K. MinshallGrand Ledge, MI Central Michigan University
Donna Jean PiperOssineke, MIAlpena Community College
Katie Rondeau-ThomsonOssineke, MIMarygrove College
Angela C. DaltonMuir, MIAquinas College
Angela C. DaltonMuir, MIAquinas College
Ellen M. GeorgeDetroit, MIMadonna University
Pamela L. HotchkissBelding, MISpring Arbor College
Cynthia Anne RaymoCaseville, MI Oakland University
Wendy J. SchmitzMontrose, MISaginaw Valley State University
No scholarships awarded
Robin Alger Davison, MI University of Michigan-Flint
Wendy DeWolfeParma, MIMadonna University
Shelley FreelandBailey, MIBaker College
Joseph A. GeorgeFlint, MIComputer Data, Inc.
Judy GoldbergSaginaw, MIDelta College
Gayle L. JonesMarysville, MIUniversity of Michigan-Flint
Curtis A. KrohnBad Axe, MISaginaw Valley State University
Vicki Ellen PettSaginaw, MIDelta College
Terry BarkleyIronwood, MILeelanau Center for Education
Bonnie ClarkBig Rapids, MIGrand Valley State University
Gayle L. Jones Marysville, MISt. Clair Community College
Dana MikesellMuskegon, MI Western Michigan University
Deborah SchramskiTraverse City, MIDavenport College
Dorothy Dow HannumMichiganSaginaw Valley State University
Elizabeth GonzalezLenawee, MILenawee ISD Vocational-Technical Center
Amy HowardMichiganEastern Michigan University
Carolyn S. O’NeilMichiganUniversity of Michigan-Flint