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This spring, we awarded $621,140 in scholarships to 220 area students. The GHACF holds over 125 scholarship funds with varying criteria, such as financial need, academic achievements, and field of study. Another factor our scholarship committee considers is if a student would be among the first in their family in their generation to continue their education after high school. This year, we were able to award scholarships to 32 first generation students.
We are pleased to announce fifteen second-round grant awards, totaling $225,923, in support of Northwest Ottawa County and our surrounding communities. This includes $40,000 to the Tri-Cities Historical Museum for their three-part capital improvement project at the Community Archive and Research Center (CARC), located at 14100 172nd Avenue in Grand Haven.
Traditionally our May board meeting includes an annual dinner with the board, full team, and significant others. While this year’s was held via Zoom, our board chair still “passed the gavel,” we bid farewell to our outgoing board members, and welcomed two new members. This year, Randy Hansen and Tammy Bailey have reached the end of their terms, and we welcome Mary Carole Cotter and David Swain to the board.