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50th Anniversary Scholarship

50th Anniversary Scholarship

The 50th Anniversary Scholarship was established in 2001 to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Northwestern Michigan College. It was created through the donations of campus and community members, as a tribute to the heritage and success of the college.

Admiral Paul E. Trimble Maritime Endowment Scholarship

Admiral Paul E. Trimble Maritime Endowment Scholarship

This scholarship was established in memory of Vice Admiral Paul E. Trimble. Vice Admiral Trimble spent 38 years in active service in the U.S. Coast Guard. His service included patrol of both East and West Coasts during World War II, and 16 years as assistant commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard. While serving as assistant commandant, he also chaired a task force to organize the Federal Department of Transportation. After retiring from the Coast Guard in 1970, Vice Admiral Trimble became president of the Lake Carriers Association, a shipping trade organization based in Cleveland, Ohio. He also served on NMC"s Maritime Academy"s Board of Visitors, an industry advisory board, from 1972 to 1982.

Alice Drulard Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Alice Drulard Memorial Nursing Scholarship

The Alice Drulard Memorial Nursing Scholarship was established in 1993 to honor the memory of the late Alice Drulard, a former NMC faculty member. Mrs. Drulard helped create the licensed practical nursing program at NMC and served as its director from 1955 until her retirement in 1974. During her tenure the State of Michigan Board of Nursing and the federal government recognized her for raising the stature of practical nurses. However, she was most proud that her work enabled many women to retrain themselves and find meaningful work in the medical profession. During her 19 years of leadership, 1,650 women and men graduated from the practical nursing program. Mrs. Drulard was elected to the college Board of Trustees in 1974 and was named an NMC Fellow in 1984. Mrs. Drulard passed away on November 17, 1993 at the age of 84.

Angela I. Nolf Scholarship

Angela I. Nolf Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Mr. David Marsh and the family of Angela Nolf, an NMC student who was tragically killed in a car accident in March 1993. Originally from Cadillac, Angela was planning to graduate and announce her engagement that spring. The scholarship was created in her memory to assist students who, like her, did not qualify for financial aid, but still struggled to make tuition and book payments.

Arthur Moenkhaus Engineering Scholarship

Arthur Moenkhaus Engineering Scholarship

Mrs. Ruth Moenkhaus Epting created this scholarship in 1987 in memory of her late husband, Arthur, who died in that year. His influence can be found in almost every aspect of NMC"s history, from the classroom to the physical plant to the administration. Art Moenkhaus first came to NMC in 1956, to start the engineering transfer program and to teach physics. A registered civil engineer, he also served as NMC"s resident engineer, overseeing the building of West Hall, the Fine Arts Building, and the Science Building. Being a licensed pilot as well, he is credited with helping to start NMC"s flight program in the early 1970s. He was also a member of the “Quinity,” the committee of five men who ran the college in the absence of a president in 1972-73. Mr. Moenkhaus taught at NMC until the time of his death in 1987. Arthur and Ruth Moenkhaus" two children, David and Susan, also graduated from NMC.

Captain Lewis Ludington Scholarship

Captain Lewis Ludington Scholarship

The late Mr. Robert Hughes established this scholarship in 1986 to honor the career of his grandfather, Captain Lewis Ludington (1858-1934) and to benefit the student cadets at the Great Lakes Maritime Academy. Capt. Ludington served as a youthful apprentice under his father, a Great Lakes sailing master, during and after the Civil War. He received his first command at age 18 and went on to spend 28 seasons as a master of various Great Lakes steam and sailing vessels. He remained active at sea until 1921 when he settled in Detroit with his wife and sons and established a successful newspaper and magazine distribution company. Mr. Robert Hughes died on September 6, 2003. He was a longtime supporter of both the Maritime Academy and the Dennos Museum Center, and was appointed a Fellow of NMC in September 1999.

Catherine Strom Schmidt Zonta Scholarship

Catherine Strom Schmidt Zonta Scholarship

The parents and husband of Catherine Strom Schmidt established this scholarship in memory of Catherine, who was tragically killed in a car accident in 1997 at the age of 28. Peter and Karen Strom, her parents, and Wayne Schmidt, her husband, reside in the Traverse City area. A native of Traverse City and a 1986 graduate of Traverse City Central High School, Catherine Strom Schmidt studied American Sign Language at NMC. She earned a degree in public administration from Miami University of Ohio, and returned to Traverse City to work at the Park Place Hotel, Days Inn, and Convention and Visitors Bureau. She was a member of the Zonta II Club.

Chef Pierre Scholarship

Chef Pierre Scholarship

Traverse City-based commercial food producer Chef Pierre, which later became a subsidiary of Sara Lee, and subsequently part of Hillshire Farms, established this scholarship in 1984 to encourage and enable deserving students to pursue higher education in the hospitality fields at NMC. As one of the region"s major employers for several decades, the company has supplied frozen foods to restaurants, schools, bakeries and grocery stores nationwide. The company"s support for this scholarship represents its commitment to the Grand Traverse community and NMC.

Christian P. Kamm Scholarship

Christian P. Kamm Scholarship

The Christian P. Kamm Scholarship is an endowed scholarship established in 1999 by Mr. Christian P. Kamm to help Great Lakes Maritime Academy cadets pursue their education and prepare for a career in the maritime industry. Mr. Kamm attended the Great Lakes Maritime Academy as a deck student in 1988 and 1989. Although his career path led him to pursue other fields, he has remained highly supportive of the Academy. Grateful to his parents, who were able to pay for his education, he established this scholarship for others who are not so fortunate. Mr. Kamm currently runs an investment business in Vietnam, and maintains offices in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio.

Cone Drive/Textron Scholarship

Cone Drive/Textron Scholarship

The Cone Drive/Textron Scholarship was established in April 1993 by Cone Drive-Textron. A major employer in Traverse City, Cone Drive is a manufacturing company and a subsidiary of Textron, Inc. The Cone Drive/Textron Scholarship was created to help students in the community continue their education at NMC.

Corrine J. Naar Mathematics Scholarship

Corrine J. Naar Mathematics Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1964 by longtime NMC supporter Corrine J. Naar, whose patronage dates to the college"s early years. A native of Quincy, Michigan, Mrs. Naar lived in Chicago after her marriage and came to Traverse City in the summer after her husband, Edward, became involved with the Burwood Company. Burwood manufactured the now-prized “NMC Founder”s Plaques", depicting a hand holding a lamp signifying “learning”, which were given to those who donated $100 or more to the College"s first fund drive in 1951. Mrs. Naar"s generosity to the College includes a $5,000 loan in 1957 used to refurnish a building as a residence for women students, and then subsequent gifts to the general building fund. For her support of NMC, Mrs. Naar was named a Fellow of the college in 1969. She died in 1970 in Venice, Florida.

Dale Anderson Memorial Scholarship

Dale Anderson Memorial Scholarship

The Dale Anderson Memorial Scholarship was established in 1980 by classmates, friends and family of the 1978 NMC graduate. Mr. Anderson, was enrolled in NMC’s Petroleum Engineering Technology program during the mid-1970s and is remembered by his classmates as an ambitious and hardworking student who “still took time to smell the roses.” After graduation, he remained in the Traverse City area, working as a geological technician for the Reef Petroleum Company. Mr. Anderson was killed in a tragic motorcycle accident on August 3, 1980.

Daniel R. Olson Memorial Art Scholarship

Daniel R. Olson Memorial Art Scholarship

The Daniel R. Olson Memorial Art Scholarship Fund is an endowed scholarship established in 1997 by Jack and Carol Olson of Traverse City to honor the memory of their son, Daniel R. Olson, who died at the age of 18 as the result of an automobile accident in July 1997. A June 1997 graduate of Traverse City Central High School, Daniel Olson was an art lover and had taken pottery classes at NMC while in high school. Friends remember him for his kindness, warm personality and ready smile. The Daniel R. Olson Memorial Art Scholarship is supported by gifts from the family and friends of Daniel Olson.

Don Agosa Scholarship

Don Agosa Scholarship

The Don Agosa Scholarship was established in memory of this Grand Traverse resident and supporter of the arts by his family in May 1988.

Donovan P. Rodriguez Aviation Scholarship

Donovan P. Rodriguez Aviation Scholarship

Ms. Patricia Delonnay established this scholarship in memory of her husband Donovan, an aviation instructor for more than 20 years. He disappeared in July 1999 in a flight over northern Lake Michigan. Fellow NMC aviation instructor Bob Buttleman described Mr. Rodriguez, who learned to fly on his own in a Piper J3 Cub, as an “aviation nut.” A native of Honor, Mr. Rodriguez worked as an aviation instructor, commercial pilot and a fixed-base operator. He also loved aviation history and photographed airplanes. On his final flight, Mr. Rodriguez was one of two occupants of a Czechoslovakian-built Russian jet fighter, which was in Traverse City for the National Cherry Festival air show. The pilot took Mr. Rodriguez up as a thank-you for hosting the planes at the NMC hangar. The plane never returned and has never been recovered. It is believed to have gone down around Fox Island in northern Lake Michigan.

Dorothy Helms Memorial Scholarship

Dorothy Helms Memorial Scholarship

NMC faculty member Hogan Helms established the Dorothy Helms Memorial Scholarship in 1984 in memory of his wife. A Michigan native, Mrs. Helms served as a member of the Women"s Auxiliary Volunteer Emergency Service at Bethesda Naval Hospital during World War II. After marrying in 1944, the couple relocated to Traverse City where they owned and operated Helms Medical Laboratory. Mrs. Helms was a charter member and past president of the Zonta Club in Traverse City as well as a past president of NMC"s Wigwam Club, later renamed the Barbecue Board. She died on July 5, 1984. Mr. Helms, also now deceased, joined the NMC faculty in 1968. He helped create the Aviation Program at NMC and served as its director until his retirement in 1980.

Earl J. and Thressa Lee Hathaway Memorial Scholarship

Earl J. and Thressa Lee Hathaway Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was created in 1985 with a bequest from Captain Hathaway, retired commander of the 7th District Headquarters of the Michigan State Police in Traverse City, to assist students pursuing their education in the field of nursing. Captain Hathaway served in the U.S. Army in World War I, earning several medals and citations. After the war, he joined the Michigan State Police in 1921 and became one of the first members of the Michigan Mounted Troops. During his 37-year career, he was stationed in Grandville, Manistee and Traverse City and was cited for bravery and meritorious service. Married for 57 years, Captain and Mrs. Hathaway passed away in 1985 and 1980 respectively.

Elks Lodge BPOE #323 Scholarship

Elks Lodge BPOE #323 Scholarship

The Elks Lodge BPOE #323 Scholarship was established in 1955 by the Lodge, a local service organization dedicated to supporting good works that benefit the Grand Traverse community. It is affiliated with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America. The Elks Lodge has been a longstanding supporter of NMC, participating in the College"s creation in 1951 and sponsoring this scholarship fund. Subsequently, the Lodge"s full endowment of its scholarship fund assures that NMC students will continue benefiting from the Elks" generosity into perpetuity.

Ernest and Donna Rae Gaunt Scholarship

Ernest and Donna Rae Gaunt Scholarship

The Ernest and Donna Rae Gaunt Scholarship was established in 2001 to help deserving students further their education. Mr. and Mrs. Gaunt moved to Traverse City in 1952 when NMC was beginning its second year and spent the next 25 years at the college. Mr. Gaunt taught business subjects and later became the business manager where he oversaw the building of the first 10 campus buildings. The Gaunts had three daughters who attended NMC, and they appreciated the excellent education they received at NMC.

Exchange Club of Traverse City Scholarship

Exchange Club of Traverse City Scholarship

The Exchange Club of Traverse City Scholarship was established in March 1984 by the local service organization, which is dedicated to supporting good works that benefit the Grand Traverse community and the nation. It is affiliated with the National Exchange Club. The scholarship was created from funds raised through the club"s annual Goodfellow Newspaper sales in 1982 and 1983.

Ferguson-Osterlin Scholarship

Ferguson-Osterlin Scholarship

The Ferguson-Osterlin Scholarship was established by the Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Benzie Medical Alliance. Also known locally as the Tri-County Medical Alliance, this scholarship honors the memory of Mary Ferguson and Helen Osterlin of Traverse City, who were among the Alliance"s founding members. The Tri-County Alliance was formed in 1939 as the local Medical Society Auxiliary and has long supported education at NMC. For many decades, the organization raised funds annually to award nursing scholarships to students from Grand Traverse, Leelanau and Benzie counties. Later, the scholarship was expanded to assist students pursuing education in any of the health occupations. The initial endowment was created in 1988 with a bequest to the Alliance by Mary Ferguson. The endowment expanded with the death of longtime NMC patron and community leader Helen Osterlin in 1996.

Fivenson Memorial Scholarship Fund

Fivenson Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Fivenson Memorial Scholarship Fund is an endowed scholarship established in 1967 by Mr. Mitchell “Mickey” J. Fivenson of Traverse City to honor the memory of his parents, F.E. “Fy” and Zelma Fivenson. Mr. and Mrs. Fivenson owned F.E. Fivenson Company, a restaurant equipment, tobacco and candy store. Fy Fivenson was an original member of the Wigwam Club, a booster club preceding the current NMC Barbeque Board. A longtime supporter of NMC, Fy passed away in 1967. Son Mickey Fivenson took his first college class at NMC and still lives near campus where he often goes to run. Originally established as a scholarship for students in the hospitality field, the Fivenson Memorial Scholarship is now awarded to NMC students who are pursuing higher education in any field at NMC.

Frank and Dorothy Stulen M-TEC Scholar Award

Frank and Dorothy Stulen M-TEC Scholar Award

This scholarship was created in 2002 by the Rotary Club of Traverse City in honor of Frank and Dorothy Stulen. Frank Stulen was one of a pair of Traverse City entrepreneurs who revolutionized industrial production in the post-World War II era through the invention of numerical control. In the late 1940s, Frank Stulen and John Parsons introduced technology to control and standardize manufacturing processes. Their innovations triggered a “second Industrial Revolution,” in Stulen"s words, and their work has impacted industries from airline manufacturing to robotics to computer-aided design. In 2001, NMC named its technical education facility, the Michigan Technical Education Center (M-TEC), after the two Traverse City men.

Franklin Sears Memorial Scholarship

Franklin Sears Memorial Scholarship

The Franklin Sears Memorial Scholarship is in memory of Franklin Sears, owner of Sears Marine Construction Company in Traverse City. Among Mr. Sears" business achievements was the construction of the commercial coal dock in Greilickville, on West Grand Traverse Bay, in the 1930s. The Sears Marine Construction Company, which also operated tugboats, operated into the 1960s. Mr. Sears died in 1971.

F.W. Sorensen Memorial Scholarship

F.W. Sorensen Memorial Scholarship

Mrs. Annette Sorenson of Traverse City established this scholarship in 1981 in memory of her husband, Frederick W. Sorenson, who died the same year. Mr. and Mrs. Sorenson moved to Traverse City in 1950, where he worked at Cone Drive, now Cone-Drive Textron. He spent 35 years with the manufacturing company, retiring as general manager. During his tenure at Cone Drive, Mr. Sorenson donated manufacturing machinery to the college for its training programs. All three of the Sorenson children earned associate"s degrees at NMC, and five grandchildren have also attended.

Genevieve Steiger Richardson and Harold Richardson Scholarship

Genevieve Steiger Richardson and Harold Richardson Scholarship

Douglas Steiger of Rochester and Richard Steiger of Traverse City established this scholarship in 1984 to honor the memory of their mother. Mrs. Genevieve Richardson was an active business and civic leader in Traverse City who died in 1984 at the age of 88. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Richardson, in 1973. An Ohio native, Mrs. Richardson moved to Traverse City from Detroit in 1936. She was a member of the planning committee for the Mark and Helen Osterlin Library at NMC, and a past president and charter member of the college"s Wigwam Club booster organization. In addition, Mrs. Richardson served as president of the Traverse City Community Council and was active with multiple civic clubs. Professionally, she managed the Traverse City Credit Bureau, served as second vice-president of the Association of Credit Bureaus of Michigan and enjoyed a second career in real estate.

George C. Comden Alumni Scholarship

George C. Comden Alumni Scholarship

Originally established in 1992 as the NMC Alumni Association Scholarship, this scholarship was renamed the George C. Comden Scholarship in 1999 in recognition of Mr. Comden"s outstanding service to the college and the Alumni Association. A Traverse City native, George Comden was a member of NMC"s first class of students, enrolling in the fall of 1951 and graduating in spring 1953. As a member of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, he was stationed in Germany from 1954-56. Mr. Comden then continued his education at Central Michigan University and embarked on a lifelong career in education. Prior to his retirement and relocation back to northern Michigan in the late 1980s, he was a teacher, superintendent and college administrator in various districts in Michigan. In his retirement, he enjoys regular gatherings with his fellow graduates from the class of "53.

Gordon and Marlene Rady Scholarship

Gordon and Marlene Rady Scholarship

The Gordon and Marlene Rady Scholarship was established in January 1994. Dr. and Mrs. Rady have been residents of the Traverse City area since 1983, and have been great supporters of education. Both have attended NMC, as did their three children. Dr. Rady was a pediatric physician in downstate Michigan in his early career, later practicing medicine in the Traverse City area. Mrs. Rady worked for Empire Bank for 18 years before retiring in 2001.

Great Lakes Maritime Academy Superintendent"s Scholarship

Great Lakes Maritime Academy Superintendent"s Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1987 to honor past and future Great Lakes Maritime Academy Superintendents. It was created by RADM James McNulty, GLMA Superintendent from 1984 to 1991, and supporters of the GLMA to assist deserving Maritime students pursue their education and prepare for a career in the maritime industry.

Harold & Ida Murner Nursing Scholarship

Harold & Ida Murner Nursing Scholarship

The Harold C. (“Curly”) & Ida Murner Nursing Scholarship is an endowed scholarship established in 1996 to assist students enrolled in Nursing Programs at NMC. Mr. & Mrs. Murner were Traverse City residents and business owners. After Mr. Murner"s death, Mrs. Murner made several donations to the college in his memory. She recalled that he was always interested in NMC and in the early days of the college he would “help to paint the old buildings to make them presentable.” In 1986 Mrs. Murner wrote that she “was very proud of the business accomplishments my husband made without a college education, which he always wished he might have had.” When Mrs. Murner passed away in 1997, her estate designated funds for two scholarship endowments, one of which is for students in the Nursing Program at NMC.