The Greenville Area Community Foundation (GACF) annually awards unique scholarships for those seeking enrichment or nontraditional education experiences. From performing arts to adventure camps, these scholarships are made possible through the generous donations of individuals and families who have created permanent endowment funds at the Greenville Area Community Foundation, and its affiliate funds – Lakeview Area Community Fund, and Montcalm Panhandle Community Fund.   

To apply, please follow the steps outlined below:

1. REView the Scholarships

Applications open January 1, 2024. Determine what camp/ program you want to attend and review the available scholarships and criteria in advance (listed below).

2. Create An Account

Register a new account in GOapply. The User Guide offers step-by-step instructions. You will be notified via email when you have access to GOapply.

3. Complete your application

 View the available Opportunities and select the application you wish to complete. Once started, your work can be paused and saved. The application deadline is March 22, 2024. 

Available Scholarships

Performing Arts Scholarships

Herman & Verdie Clark Music Scholarships Open to a Greenville High School student demonstrating the interest and ability to make music a major part of their life. Need will also be considered, as well as teacher recommendation.

Elmer & Mary Coon Performing Arts Scholarships – Open to Lakeview students, grade 8th-11th, interested in attending a performing arts summer camp (voice/ instrument or theatre).

Alden & Hilda Miller Music Scholarship –  The purpose is to provide funding for the musical advancement of a student from Montcalm County. This can include but is not limited to Interlochen, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, College or University music camps, etc.  

Clark & Dorothy Oliver Memorial Music Scholarship –  The purpose is to provide financial assistance to attend summer music camps or institutes to youth attending the school district that serves the Greenville area.  Applicants must be a 9th, 10th, or 11th grade student at Greenville High School, attend a summer music camp or institute endorsed by the Greenville Music Department, be currently enrolled in a high school band or orchestra class, and encouraged to enroll in the high school band or orchestra class the year following the camp experience. Criteria for selection: applicants must demonstrate outstanding musical ability, special consideration given to applicants majoring in the field of music education or music performance after high school, special consideration given to students who demonstrate financial need. 

Gary Wakenhut Memorial Music Scholarship Fund – This endowed scholarship fund was established by Anne Wakenhut and family in memory of Gary, to provide support for a Montcalm County student to attend a non-profit music camp or participate with a music group during his/her undergraduate years.  

Outdoor Adventure Scholarships

Edward W. Ellingen Scholarship – One scholarship is available for a Greenville student to attend an outdoor adventure program (Outward Bound, Adventure Treks, National Outdoor Leadership School, Wilderness Adventures, Moondance Adventures, or other approved program.)  

Charles J. Gibson, Jr.  Scholarship – One scholarship is available to a Greenville student to attend an outdoor adventure program.

Nontraditional Scholarships

Lincoln Family Adult Scholarship –  The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to a community college or university-bound student who previously attended the school district that serves the Lakeview Community Schools and has decided to pursue a higher education. Applicant must reside in the Lakeview area; must have been out of high school for at least one year; and must have demonstrated need. 

Other Scholarships

Science Excitement @ Tri County (SETC) Scholarship – The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to a Tri County Area Schools graduating senior interested in pursuing training at a trade school, college, or university (can include a community college start), who won the SETC contest four years prior (in 8th grade). Applicants must apply for this award during the second semester of their 8th grade year. Interested students should see their 8th grade English and Science teachers for an application, more information and deadline.

Rick & Jody Petersen Memorial Football Scholarship – The purpose of this scholarship is to provide scholarships to Greenville High School underclassmen attending football camp. Interested students should talk to the GHS football coach.