Foundation Scholarships

Improving educational opportunities

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Scholarships enhance educational opportunities for new and returning Bay College students. Nearly 70% of Bay students qualify for financial aid, making scholarships vital to helping remove financial barriers and secure future dreams. Gifts of any amount, at any time, make a huge difference. Add to an existing scholarship fund or create your own scholarship legacy. The College Advancement team will help you identify your preferences and customize your scholarship to meet your passions, while Financial Aid awards deserving students based on your criteria. Will you help change a life today with the gift of education?

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Endowed Scholarships

Leave a lasting legacy with your own scholarship in perpetuity, funding student scholarships or programs year after year. A $10,000 donation paying 5% creates a $500 scholarship forever.

Criteria: Female; Delta County; Non-Traditional Student

Criteria: Member Post 82 Including Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion Members; Spouse of Post 82 and /or Auxiliary; Extended Family Post 82 and/or Auxiliary

Criteria: Delta County; Art and Design; Financial Need

Clyde Anderson was well known in Delta County for his decorating flair. As an Interior Designer, many area homes near and far were beautified by his artistic talents.

Criteria: Delta County; Academic Merit

Lois and Art Anderson

Lois and Art Anderson

While living, Art and Lois Anderson initiated the Anderson Funeral Home/Holiday Travel Scholarship endowment fund to honor the community that supported them and their local businesses. “Our community has been instrumental in our success and we wanted to share this gift educating others. We thought about creating a scholarship for a long time and feel honored we could make it happen through the Bay College Foundation.”  The Anderson's both passed in 2012 with memorial gifts adding to their scholarship legacy. They had 4 children attend Bay College and 6 grandchildren.

Criteria: Academically Deserving; Dickinson County Resident

The scholarship was created by the Angera Family initially in memory of the untimely passing of Mary Jo.  Her family business partner and brother Don and his wife Judy were added to the scholarship in 2021 in memory of Don. Education and helping others have always been a passion for the Angera and Fornetti families.

Criteria: Escanaba or Gladstone High School Graduate; GPA 2.5 or Above

Criteria: Financial Need

Criteria: West Iron County Graduate

  • Delta County Resident
  • Nursing Student
  • Pursuing Associate Degree and Employment in Delta County
  • Demonstrated Ability to Provide Quality Care through Clinical Experience

John and Miriam Baribeau

John and Miriam Baribeau

Lifelong residents of Escanaba, John and Miriam Baribeau raised six children and owned Escanaba Steam Laundry, which is still owned and operated by the Baribeau family to this day. The Baribeau’s love for the community, as well as the educational opportunities that Bay College provides, led to the creation of the scholarship by the children of John and Miriam after their passing. Additionally, the scholarship specifies that the recipient must be a Delta County resident pursuing a nursing degree. This criteria was set forth in loving memory of John and Miriam’s beloved daughter, Jane Baribeau-Snow, who was a successful nurse in Lower Michigan whose life was tragically lost in an unsolved murder.  It is the wish of the Baribeau family to help nursing students in Delta County with educational opportunities that will benefit them, and their community, for a lifetime.

Jane Baribeau-Snow

Jane Baribeau-Snow

  • Academic Merit

Dr. Theodore Bash


Dr. Theodore Bash was a well-known physician in the Bark River, Michigan area for over 30 years. He and his wife, Joyce, raised three sons who all went on to further their education at Bay College to acquire a solid academic foundation before heading to a four year university.  The Theodore Bash Family Scholarship is based on academic merit and it is the wish of the Bash family that the recipient appreciates the solid academic foundation that Bay College provides to all students.

  • Top Student at Gladstone High School
  • Strong Academic Achievement

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Baybank has been serving Delta County since 1912, and has locations in Gladstone, Escanaba and Rapid River. 

Baybank is proud to be able to give back to the community by helping Bay College students advance their future.

  • Sophomore

The Alumni scholarship was developed by the Alumni Association to award a Bay student close to completion. The fund is added to as gifts are designated by Bay College Alumni from events and campaign.

  • Completed 24+ Credits by the End of Winter Semester
  • 3.0 GPA or Higher
  • Financial Need

Molly Campbell alongside Gabriela Boyle and Josie Schafer

Molly Campbell (left), Bay College Faculty Association President and Scholarship Committee Chair, stands alongside Gabriela Boyle (middle) and Josie Schafer (right).  Gabriela and Josie were awarded the Bay College Faculty Association Scholarship for the Fall 2022 semester.

Full-time faculty members of the Michigan Education Association (MEA) at Bay College established the Faculty Association Scholarship to recognize both the academic achievement and the often unmet financial need of Bay College students.  The fund provides two student scholarships of $500 each per year that are awarded to current students who return to Bay College in the Fall semester. Faculty Association Scholarship Committee Chair, Molly Campbell, explained the purpose of this process. “The Faculty Association wanted to design a distinctive scholarship that would reward our wonderful current students who are still working hard to complete their degrees at Bay College. We are so proud of these students and all they have accomplished while at Bay, and we really want to ensure that they have the opportunity to stay and finish their Bay College degrees.”

Criteria: Science/Engineering Program; Sophomore

Criteria: Delta County Resident; 50-59 Years Old; Enrolled in More than 8 Credit Hours

Criteria: Dickinson County Resident; Students from Iron Mountain, Kingsford, Norway and North Dickinson High School Preferred

  • Nursing Program Preference
  • Non-Traditional Student
  • Part-Time; Financial Need Based
  • Renewable

Diane and Bill Bennett


Diane is a retired nursing instructor, teaching heath care courses at Bay College over a 29 year span, working in the field for 45 years, and a graduate of the first Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) class at Bay de Noc Community College. “Practicing healthcare and teaching nursing has been a very rewarding and enjoyable career. I feel I have been able to positively assist so many patients and students through the years” quoted Diane. Bill was also an educator, teaching middle school math for 36 years. Both are excited to give back to students who start their education a little later in life.

Criteria: Nursing Student; Financial Need; Delta or Menominee County Resident

Escanaba native, Bob Bero, developed a scholarship as a memory of his wife Shirley, giving back to the local communities where he ran successful auto dealership businesses for many years.  

Criteria: Financial Need

  • Financial Need
  • Grants to Help Students with Financial Barriers to Success and Emergency Needs

Henry and Mary Berry

Henry and Mary “Mimi” Berry both grew up in Michigan.  Mimi Walch Berry in Escanaba, where her family was invested in the community, and Henry Vanderhorst Berry in Kalamazoo.  They met at, and graduated from, the University of Michigan.  After Henry, a civil engineer, was recruited to help build Sky Harbor Airport, Mimi and Henry packed up their five children and moved from Kalamazoo to Phoenix in 1961, but maintained strong ties to their Michigan roots.

The Berry family has a proud legacy of supporting educational opportunities at Bay College.  Many years ago, Mimi’s parents, Dr. John and Mary Nee Walch, endowed a scholarship bearing their name.  Henry and Mimi continued this precedent inculcating the importance of continuing education in their children.

To honor their parents’ lifelong commitment to supporting the power of education, the children of Henry and Mimi Berry (Mary, David, Margaret, John, and Christel) joyfully created the Mary Walch Berry and Henry V. Berry Scholarship at Bay College.

Criteria: Faculty/Staff Recommendation for Student with Barriers to Success; Financial Need; at Least 12 credits

Bids for Bay is a Bay employee scholarship created by funds from internal auction proceeds prior to the start of each Fall Semester.

  • Student from Dickinson County; Pursing a Technical Certificate

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This scholarship was developed in 1986 under the name of Champion International (aka Quinnesec Mill) to assist students from Dickinson County pursuing a technical certificate or degree. 

Although the ownership of the mill has changed over the years, the Quinnesec Mill has continued to thrive as an economic anchor in Dickinson County currently employing hundreds of employees. The scholarship that was developed during the creation of the Quinnesec Mill continues to be awarded each year and has assisted many students on their educational journey

Criteria: Spouse or Dependent Children of the Escanaba Verso Mill Employees; Minimum 2.5 GPA and 8 Credit Hours

Criteria: Delta, Dickinson, Iron, Schoolcraft, or Menominee County

  • Delta County Residents

John C. Bissell

Born in 1942, John was raised in Escanaba and graduated third in his class from Holy Name High School in 1959.  He continued his education at Georgetown University and graduated in 1963.  A modest human being with a genuine personality, John was known as a family man, a lover of his country and a hard worker.

John volunteered for the Marine Corps where he served as an officer in Vietnam.  He gave up his commission to return to Escanaba to raise his siblings after the death of both of his parents.

John managed the Trust Department for many years at First National Bank.  While working, John continued his education, earning a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Lake Superior State University in 1991.   He later moved his talents to First Bank’s Investment Management Group, retiring in 2015.

In his free time, John enjoyed reading, bird hunting, traveling and entertaining at his home with his wife, Carolyn.  He was actively involved in local organizations including St. Joseph’s Parish, Elks Club, Escanaba Country Club and many more.

John passed away in 2021 at the age of 79.  Carolyn, a retiree of Bay College and strong supporter of education, established a scholarship at Bay College in his memory.  The scholarship will be awarded each year to a Delta County resident.

Criteria: Delta County Resident

Criteria: Nursing Students

Bother Felix

Brother Felix, a long time teacher at Holy Name Catholic School in Escanaba, had a vital impact on the lives of two former students so much that they started a scholarship in his memory.  Former Bay College employees, Ron Erickson (Dean of Business) and Jim Peterson (Dean of Student Services) established this scholarship to continue the kindness shown to them by Brother Felix.

Criteria: Dickinson, Iron or Florence County Resident; Full-Time; Academic Merit

Warren and Joyce Brule were successful business owners and lifelong members of the West Campus community.

Criteria: Dickinson County; Nursing Student

Joyelle Brule taught nursing at Bay College West Campus prior to her retirement.

  • Delta County Resident; High Academic Achiever

Tom and Alice Butch

Criteria: Student in Creative Arts; Sophomore Preferred

Criteria: Technology Program; Freshman

The CAD scholarship was developed by the student CAD project team. Instructor Jerry Havill would challenge his students every year to take on a community project. Projects included designing medical deviced to help a wounded military personal learn to walk to Guiness World Book of Records projects such as the worlds largest golf tee, padlock, yo-yo and more.

  • Scholarships for West Campus Students or a Project to Benefit West Campus

This gift was an estate bequest to support the good work at West Campus.

  • Delta County Resident
  • Escanaba High School Graduate

Arlene Carne

Arlene Carne always had a passion for people and community. She was willing to share hugs and smiles with everyone she encountered. She served as a Delta County Ambassador for decades, always leaving a positive impression. Arlene also cherished family and food, inviting many to her home she shared with her husband Willard of 60 years. Together they owned and operated Carne's gas and service station, now known as Carne's EcoFuels and Car Wash. They raised four children whom reside in the Escanaba area.

  • Delta County Resident
  • Escanaba High School Graduate
  • Academic Merit

Paul and Kim Carne family

Education has always been a high priority, and why Kim (Anderson) and Paul Carne started their family scholarship. Paul attended Bay before graduating from the University of MI and joining his family in the gasoline business, now EcoFuels. Kim took summer classes at Bay to expediate her engineering degree from Western MI University. She later earned an MBA and held several senior leadership positions with global engineering companies before returning to her home town. She taught marketing for LSSU and currently leads Bay College's Advancement team.  Their three children also took numerous Bay dual-enrollment and summer classes. Giving back to education feels so right!

Criteria: Non-Traditional Student; Financial Need

Criteria: First Preference is Nursing Students - Second Preference is Vocational Tech Students

 Criteria: None

Criteria: Students Pursuing a Career in K-12 Education; Financial Need; Academic Merit

Criteria: Delta County Resident; Nursing Student

Mary Clark was compelled to start this scholarship after experiencing medical issues and celebrating the fantastic care she had by Bay College nurses.

Criteria: High School Graduate within Central Upper Peninsula (focus on Delta, Dickinson, Marquette Counties); Good Character; Academics; Leadership; Financial Need

Sam Cohodas was highly involved in transforming the banking industry within the Upper Peninsula. He purchased the 1st National Bank of Marquette in the early 1970s, adding more banks across the Upper Peninsula and creating Michigan Financial Corporation (MFC) in 1973. MFC First National sold to Wells Fargo in March 2000. Sam passed in 1988. The Cohodas family strongly believes in giving back to communities that helped them succeed, and strongly believe in the positive impacts of higher education.

Criteria: Delta County Resident; Veteran

Criteria: Sophomore; Delta County Resident; Criminal Justice or Law Enforcement

Criteria: Delta County Resident; 1st year in Liberal Arts, Journalism, or English; 2nd Year Criminal Justice / Law Enforcement

Criteria: High School Graduate from Cornell Area/Mid Pen

Criteria: Nursing Student; Delta County Resident; Financial Need

Criteria: Nursing Student Pursuing RN

Criteria: Welding or Other Trades; First Generation College Students

Criteria: Financial Need; Pursuing High Demand Career in Delta County

Criteria: 1/2 to Delta County Students, 1/2 to Delta County Students Transferring to a University

Criteria: Female; Delta County; Sophomore Preferred

  • Welding Program
  • Delta County Resident Preferred (Second Choice UP Wide)
  • Preference to UP Concrete Pipe past/present full-time employees and their offspring

Criteria: Dickinson County Students (West Campus)

Criteria: Disabled Veteran or their Families or other Veterans Enrolled Full-Time

Criteria: Nursing Student; Delta County

  • Upper Peninsula Resident
  • Education Field

Jane Empson

Jane Empson was a life-long resident of the Upper Peninsula, graduating from Gladstone High School in 1932.  Upon her graduation, she attended Northern State Teachers College.  After receiving her teaching degree, she taught 4th grade in Muskegon, Michigan.  Jane married Lewis Empson in 1940, and together they owned and operated Empson Insurance Agency.

Jane was very involved in her community, serving on the Gladstone School Board, OSF St. Francis Hospital Board, United Way, and the Gladstone Chamber of Commerce.

Jane enjoyed teaching Sunday school, reading, playing bridge and traveling.  She was also an excellent golfer, scoring two hole-in-ones at the Gladstone Golf Course.  She was known for her caring, loving personality and her wonderful sense of humor.

Jane generously designated a gift in her estate establishing an endowed scholarship at Bay College to be awarded each year to an Upper Peninsula resident in the education field.  This gift will live on forever in her name to help students become educators.

Criteria: Water/Wastewater Program; Sophomore

Criteria: Preference to Special Education Major, 2nd Choice Early Childhood Development

  • One award to a Key Club Member
  • Two awards to a Special Needs Student or a Student Pursuing a Degree in Special Education

Escanaba Kiwanis Club logo

Since its inception in 1922, the Escanaba Kiwanis Club’s vision is to positively impact Escanaba youth and empower the local community through service projects, fundraising activities and strategic partnerships.

Years ago, the Escanaba Kiwanis Club established a scholarship to assist students in their higher educational journey at Bay College.  This scholarship is awarded each year to deserving students in the local community.     

  •  Full-Time
  • Delta County Resident
  • Freshman

Robert and Janet Farrell


Robert and Janet Farrell were both employed at local businesses for many years in the Escanaba area.  Robert (more commonly known as Pat) passed away in January 2010, and Janet passed in March 2016.  The Farrells had a strong belief in giving back to the community and supporting higher education.


The Robert and Janet Farrell Scholarship was established at the time of their passing to be awarded each year to a full-time, freshman Bay College student from Delta County. 


  • Delta County Resident
  • Final Year Nursing Student
  • Financial Need
  • Merit Based

Paddy and Donald Fitch

Don and Paddy each grew up in lower Michigan and met while they were attending the University of Michigan. They fell in love with the Upper Peninsula, in particular the Escanaba area. In 1962 they settled in Escanaba where Don co-launched Doctor's Park when he began practice as a family physician with is college friend Dr. Raymond Hockstad.  Don loved to care for his patients and never hesitated to care for anyone in need at any point in time or anywhere that care was needed. House calls, check-in’s well after hours, and first aid treatments in the field were not uncommon for Don as he truly cared about his patients and members of the community.

Meanwhile, Paddy worked as a speech therapist and immersed herself in the community serving on dozens of boards and local organizations. Together Don and Paddy worked tirelessly giving their time, talents, and treasure to deserving organizations throughout the area. They were both heavily involved in Scouting and appreciated the leadership skills it taught many young scouts. They were the founding partners who organized and launched the Northern Lights YMCA in Escanaba. Paddy served on the YMCA board since inception and spent much of her time teaching swim lessons and water aerobics.

Throughout their lifetime both personally and professionally, Don and Paddy promoted and modeled health through healthy eating habits and regular physical activity. Together they served in their church, played in the handbell choir, and worked with many local non-profit organizations to positively impact as many people in the community as they could.

Don and Paddy recognized the integral part Bay College plays within the community and were thrilled to support the Bay College nursing program. Their hope is that Bay nursing students will carry on their ambition to positively affect as many members of the community as possible.

Criteria: Outstanding Female; Transfer Student from Delta County; Preferable to Pursue a Bachelor's Degree in the Arts; 2nd Year Student

Criteria: Student with Special Needs

Criteria: West Campus Students

Criteria: Dickinson County Resident; Enrolled at West Campus; 25+ Credits; Financial Need

Criteria: CWB&I Student (Career Programs)

Criteria: Student Emergency Needs

Criteria: Past or Present Involvement in Scouting

  • Delta County Resident (preference to MidPen HS grad)
  • Vocational / Trades or Education Focus

Roman and Gayle Gill

Gayle Ramseth Gill and Roman met in Rock, Michigan, married in 1959, and lived nearly all their married life in the Delta County area.  Roman taught Machine Shop, general science, and coached at the Escanaba High School for 24 years prior to retirement in 1990. He also instructed 8 years in Rock prior. The Gills were active community volunteers with Gayle giving over 2000 hours to the local hospital.

Together they raised two boys. Their son Robert is a 1984 graduate of Bay College and shared that it was an "incredible life-changing experience." Both Robert and brother Christopher enjoyed many Bay College basketball games during the 1970s.  

The Gills established this scholarship to celebrate the importance Bay College plays in sustaining the local community through its varied educational offerings and as a tribute to the College's impact on their family.  They hope these funds will inspire future recipients to greatness and as servants to the broader Delta County area. 

Criteria: Academically Deserving Students; Dickinson County

Criteria: Financial Need

Criteria: Delta County Resident; Non-Traditional Student

  • Nursing
  • Delta or Menominee County

JoAnn and Bill Good

Bill and JoAnn Good were lifelong residents of the Bark River area. JoAnn instructed in the nursing program at Bay College for 30+ years. Bill owned and operated the Good family dairy farm. They enjoyed life, family, golfing and wintering in Engelwood, Florida after retiring. The scholarship is in honor of JoAnn's nursing career and their passion to support nursing students.

Criteria: Gladstone Resident; Financial Need; >2.5 GPA

  • Nursing Student
  • Single Mom

Genean Granger

Genean was a life-long learner.  After graduating from Kingsford High School in 1961, she attended Bay College to obtain her ADN and Northern Michigan University (NMU) to obtain her BSN.  She returned to NMU to pursue her dream of writing poetry, and graduated with a Master’s Degree in English in 2014.

Genean worked as a certified Occupational Health Nurse for Grede Foundries for 10 years and Niagara of Wisconsin Paper Corporation for nearly 19 years.  She enjoyed traveling to Honduras on medical missions.  Genean took pride in her job and loved the people she worked with.

With her Master’s Degree in English, Genean found a second career in Poetry.  Through NMU and Sigma Tau Delta, she took first in Original Poetry in New Orleans and was the winner of the 90th Anniversary Convention Theme.  In December 2018, Genean’s book of poetry “American Bandstand, Slices of Life, and other Poems” was published.

Genean passed away in 2019 at the age of 75.  This scholarship was developed in her memory to assist a single mom pursuing a nursing degree from Bay College.

Criteria: Financial Need; Academic Merit (3.0 GPA min); Returning Adult Student; Pursuing a Career as a Registered Nurse

Criteria: Career Programs Student (CWB&I)

Criteria: Handicapped Student with Financial Need

Criteria: Single Parent and Primary Caregiver of Minor Children; Financial Need; Good Character; Renewable; Transferable; Delta County Resident

Criteria: Delta County Resident; Financial Need

  • Science Program
  • Full-Time
  • Freshman
  • Merit Based

Richard Haeusler


Richard Haeusler served as a biology and math professor at Bay College for over 30 years and was the chairman of the mathematics/science division of the college before retiring in June of 2000. His support and encouragement of current and former students continued throughout his life.

This scholarship extends Richard Haeusler’s legacy and his devotion to students by providing financial support to individuals pursuing careers in science.

Criteria: Financial Need; Escanaba High School Graduate; Not Eligible for Other Scholarships because of GPA; Business Student

Criteria: Nursing Students

Criteria: Water Tech or Engineering Student

Criteria: Delta County; Business Major; >3.0 GPA; Financial Need

Criteria: Full-Time; Financial Need; Single Head of Household

Criteria: Health-Related Field (Prefer Nursing)

Criteria: Delta County Resident; 2nd Year Student; Preferably a Single Parent; RN Program

Criteria: Dickinson County Students; Financial Need; Demonstrated Hardship or Emergency Need to Obtain Assistance

Criteria: Financial Need; Good Character; Academic Merit

Criteria: Financial Need; Good Character; Academic Merit

Criteria: Expanding the Arts and Art Education

Criteria: Nursing Student

  • Delta County Resident
  • Program of Study: Home Healthcare, CNA, PN, RN

John and Margo Hebert

John graduated from Escanaba High School in 1964, attended the University of Michigan and is a 1968 graduate of Northern Michigan University. Margo graduated from Edmonds High School (Washington) in 1967, attended the University of Washington and is a 1972 graduate of Eastern Michigan University.

John was a practicing CPA for 40 years and served in the US Army in Vietnam. Margo is an accredited interior designer. Over the years, John was involved in Rotary as President of the Detroit Club and was a director of a large industrial control distributor. John also served for many years on the NMU Foundation Board and has an established scholarship in the business school. Both John and Margo are presently involved in Leader Dogs for the Blind and EDK9, a new detection dog organization.

The parents of both John and Margo had dedicated home healthcare in their later years. To honor those professionals, this scholarship was established to provide funding for a student in the home healthcare and/or nursing field.

  • Financial Need
  • Average GPA Student

John and Muriel Hebert

John and Muriel Hebert were born and raised in Escanaba graduating from Escanaba High School in 1938. Although neither were able to attend college, they placed a high value on education.  Each of their children, John, Bill and Mary were able to attend and graduate from college.

They were married in 1944 during which time John served in the Coast Guard in World War II, spending most of his time in the South Pacific theater. Upon discharge, he returned to Escanaba and went to work at Sawyer Stoll Timber Company where he owned the company until his passing in 2013.

Over the years, both John and Muriel were active members of First Methodist Church. In addition, John served for over 50 years as a Director of UP State Bank as well as many years on the Bay College Foundation Board. Muriel served as State President of PEO, a women’s educational organization.

Early in Bay College's history, John and Muriel established a scholarship to benefit a student based on need. His children have continued to fund this scholarship annually.

Criteria: Broadcasting, Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, TV, Film Production; 2.33 GPA or Above

Criteria: Nursing Student

Criteria: Outstanding Sophomore Student

Criteria: Students with Learning Disabilities (not required); Financial Need; Renewable

Criteria: Escanaba High School Graduate; Pursuing a Career in Elementary Education; Accounting or Business; Financial Need

Criteria: Member or Family Member from Delta, Marquette, Alger, or Schoolcraft County; 12 Credits or More Earned

  • Delta County Resident
  • Pursuing a Degree in Applied Technology or a Career in the Trades
  • Demonstrates Good Character

Dr. John and Valerie Hickner


John was a family physician who served the Escanaba area community for 22 years before pursuing a career in academic medicine. He was vice chair of Family Medicine at the University of Chicago and chair of the family medicine departments at Cleveland Clinic and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Val was a tenured teacher in Michigan public schools where she worked as a speech therapist. She was a stay-at-home mom for 18 years and then returned to work for Delta County Head Start as a speech and language therapist. 
Together, Val and John placed a high value on education. They taught and modeled a strong work ethic and supported their children’s dreams. Their 5 children have successful careers; four have doctoral degrees. Michael is a professor of chemical engineering at Penn State University, Laura is a physician and works for Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Zach is an ophthalmologist in Kalamazoo, Anna is a clinical psychologist in New York City and Olivia is in library science. 
Val and John returned to Escanaba in 2018 to retire and enjoy the beautiful UP.  They always considered Bay College an essential part of the Escanaba community. 

  • Upper Peninsula Resident
  • LPN Returning to School to Complete RN Degree

Carolyn Hietamaki

Carolyn Hietamaki first became a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and continued her education to become a Registered Nurse (RN).  Carolyn was involved in the Local RN Staff Council, eventually becoming the Chairperson for 20+ years.  She served on numerous positions on the Michigan Nurses Association Board of Directors and was also active in local and regional labor councils.  Carolyn was proudly inducted into the Michigan Nurses Association Hall of Fame and the U.P. Labor Hall of Fame.

Carolyn passed away in 2019 at the age of 66.  She was known as a dedicated nurse, patient advocate and a great leader and mentor.  The RN Staff Council at Marquette General Hospital established a scholarship in her memory to assist nursing students from the Upper Peninsula that are making the transition from a LPN to a RN, much like Carolyn did many years ago. 

Criteria: Graduate from Bark River-Harris High School

Criteria: Dickinson County Student; Renewable for Second Year; Based on Financial and Academic Merit

Criteria: 2 Year Tuition Scholarship (renewable); Delta County Farm Children; IRS Schedule F Required

Criteria: Freshman; Engineering; Delta County

  • 2nd Year Nursing Students; Delta County Resident; Financial Need

Naomi Hult

Naomi “Nehi” graduated with a Nursing Degree from Northwestern University and worked side-by-side with her husband, Dr. Otto Hult, in his practice for many years.

She belonged to many service and professional organizations in the local community.  Every year, Nehi proudly served as a volunteer on the Bay College Golf Outing Committee. She especially enjoyed the day of the event - talking to golfers, selling 50/50 tickets and serving lunch. She became known at the Golf Outing for her big personality!

Honoring her profession, Nehi established the Naomi Hult Nursing Scholarship to assist second year nursing students from the Delta County area. Nehi passed away in October 2015, but her legacy continues to live on as her generous scholarship supports local nursing students on their educational journey.

Criteria: High School Graduate; Pursuing Health-Related Field

Criteria: Potawatomi or Native American with ID Card; Returning Student

  • Criminal Justice / Law Enforcement
  • Escanaba High School Graduate
  • Prefer Financial Need

Criteria: Award to Student that Successfully Completed A&P I and Enrolled in A&P II; Prefer Delta or Schoolcraft County

Criteria: Students in Health-Care Field

Criteria: Delta County High School Graduate; Financial Need; Academic Ability

Criteria: Escanaba High School Graduate; Nursing Program; Financial Need; Academic Merit

Criteria: Financial Need; Second Year Voc-Tech Students

Criteria: Sophomore; Vocational Tech

Criteria: Vocational Tech Student; Delta County

Criteria: Non-Traditional Student; Nursing LPN or RN; >3.0 GPA; Prefer Previous Health-Care Experience

Criteria: Freshman; Automotive Program; Graduate of Escanaba High School

Criteria: Nursing Student (PN/ADN Program); Dickinson County Resident; Merit Based 

  • Delta County Resident
  • Full Time Student
  • RN Program

Bill and Kay Lake smiling


The Bill and Kay Lake Scholarship was developed by Bill in 2016 after the passing of his wife, Kay. Bill has a strong passion for helping young people succeed and grow, and Kay shared the same values.


Bill and Kay Lake were married for 53 years before her passing. Kay was a public-school teacher, and after a 30-year career, Kay retired to stay home and raise their daughter, Caroline. Bill served in the Air Force until 1968, and finished his degree in education shortly after.  He was a teacher and administrator for 32 years, retiring as the Superintendent of Bark River-Harris School. He also served on the Bay College Board of Trustees for 12 years.

Criteria: Nursing Student; Delta or Schoolcraft County; Full-Time; Sophomore; Merit Based; Financial Need Based

Criteria: Automotive Students

Criteria: Business Student

Criteria: International Student

Criteria: Nursing Student Pursuing RN; Delta County Student Preferred; Person with Compassion

Criteria: Debate Student; Outstanding Speaking Skills; Faculty Recommended

Criteria: Skills USA Competition Awards

Criteria: Sophomore Transfer Student; Prefer Music Major

Criteria: Financial Need

  • Full-Time Student Nearing Degree Completion
  • Merit Based
  • Financial Need May be Considered

Dr. Dwight E. Link

Dr. Link served as the third President of Bay College from 1985 to 1997.  He was influential in the renaissance of a more balanced curriculum in Liberal Arts and Applied Technology.  During his Presidency, two important academic building were planned and completed.

The Presidential Scholarship is designed to honor a student with an exemplary academic record.  Need may be considered; but the primary focus is a student’s learning achievements.

  • Healthcare Field
  • Non Traditional Student

Patsy Link

Pat had a special affinity for nursing students who begin their education as older adults.  She began her community college nursing program at 35 years old.  With four children and a husband, this decision was liberating and challenging.  In 1975, Pat graduated and passed her Board Exams and received her RN license.

In 2006, this scholarship was established in her honor.  The students who are awarded this scholarship have decided to prepare for a health career.  Preference may be given if the scholarship applicant is a non-traditional student attending Bay College.

Criteria: Students from Bark River Harris or North Central High School; Financial Need and Merit Based; Preference to Technical / Occupational Program

Criteria: Delta County Students

Criteria: Nursing Student

Criteria: Student from Escanaba Success Center; Awarded No Other Scholarships from High School

Criteria: Freshman; CWB&I Program or Voc Tech

Criteria: Nursing Student; North Central or Escanaba High School

Criteria: Delta County Resident; Education Field

Criteria: CWB&I Student (Career Programs)

Criteria: Water Tech or Wastewater Management Student from the U.P.

Criteria: Michigan or Wisconsin Resident; Full Time or Part Time; Freshman, Sophomore or Non-Traditional Student; Financial Need; Pursing a Technical Degree or Degree Curriculum on Campus or Online; Letter of Recommendation Required by Faculty or Native Community Elder, Tribal Registration or Parent with Federally Recognized, including Brothertown Nation of WI; Participation in Community / Cultural Service or Education

Criteria: Financial Need; Delta County Student

  • Nursing Student
  • Financial Need

Barbara and Dave Nemacheck


Barbara Nemacheck graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She worked at St. Luke’s Hospital in Milwaukee before moving to Escanaba. Barbara served on the Gladstone School Board for 16 years and was on the original Advisory Committee that was instrumental in developing the nursing program at Bay College.


Barbara always had a passion for education.  Her husband, Dave, established a scholarship at Bay College in her name before her passing in 2012, and she was honored. Barbara and Dave shared 48 years of marriage and raised three children together. Dave passed away in August 2019, and his memorials were added to this scholarship fund.

Criteria: Student Emergency Needs

  • Delta County Resident
  • Female
  • Financial Need

Eudora Norelius


The Eudora Norelius Scholarship was developed from estate funds designated in her trust.


Eudora Irene “Dode” Norelius, was born on May 27, 1930 and grew up on a up on a dairy farm in Barron, WI.  She moved to Escanaba with her husband Carston to start a chiropractic practice.  She worked in the office of local businesses, retiring from the City of Escanaba utility office in 1990.  She enjoyed golfing, painting, bowling, sports, worship, wintering in Yuma, AZ and music – playing the piano, organ, accordion, saxophone and guitar.  Dode passed in 2019.

  • Athletic Scholarships for Future Norse Athletes

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Criteria: Financial Need; Delta County Resident; Renewable in Associate Degree Program

Criteria: Renewable; RN Program; Financial Need; Residency Preference in this Order - Marquette County, Dickinson County, Alger County, Schoolcraft County, Delta County

  • Students interested in improving the environment, specifically the Great Lakes region  
  • Prefer students enrolled in Water Tech, Water Resource Management, Environmental Management, Sustainability, Foresty or Transfer Programs including Environmental Science, Fisheries, Wildlife Management, Forestry and Natural Resources
  • Upper Peninsula Residents Preferred
  • Non-Traditional Students Preferred
  • Financial Eligibility Preferred

Howard Walter Olsen

Howard Walter Olsen was born in Escanaba, Michigan and graduated from Escanaba High School.  He was raised in the Bay View location of Gladstone, Michigan.  He proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.  After serving in the Army, Howard worked and retired from Holly Corporation. Howard enjoyed challenging projects and was creative in figuring out unique ways to solve problems. He was meticulous with rebuilding and modifying old, rusty vehicles, his pride and joy being his 1934 Chevrolet custom street rod.  Howard enjoyed attending UPIR stock car racing events, gardening and reading. Howard loved all animals, especially dogs.  He was known as a loving son, brother, uncle, companion and faithful friend.

Howard passed away in 2013 at the age of 66. His loving companion, Carol M Ready, established a scholarship at Bay College in his memory. The scholarship is awarded each year to assist students on their educational journey with a focus on the environment.

Criteria: Financial Need Preferred

Criteria: Voc-Tech Student

Criteria: Academically Deserving; Gladstone Resident; Financial Need; Nursing

Criteria: Social Work Students

Criteria: Art Major, Art Education or Related Field

Criteria: Presidential Award Winners

Criteria: Pre-Professional Health Student, Preference to Pharmacy

Criteria: Single Parent and Primary Caregiver of Minor Children; Financial Need; Good Character; Renewable; Delta County Area

Criteria: Single Parent & Primary Caregiver of Minor Children; Financial Need; Good Character; Renewable; Delta County Area

  • UP High School Graduate
  • Financial Need
  • Education or Engineering Student
  • 3.5 GPA or Higher
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It is not surprising that Dr. Richard Rinehart and his wife Mary chose to support Bay College students from the Upper Peninsula pursuing education or engineering through the Dr. Richard L. and Mary K. Rinehart Scholarship Fund.  Dr. Rinehart, the first President of Bay College, was talented, successful, and highly accomplished in both fields, and both Dick and Mary had a lifelong, unwavering commitment to education, and they had a deep love of the Upper Peninsula and Escanaba.  Their tireless support of the college is still felt to this day.

Dr. Rinehart attended Notre Dame University until fulfilling his duties in World War II by serving in the Navy.  After the war, he came back to his home state of Michigan and graduated from Michigan State University and the University of Michigan.

Dr. Rinehart worked as a Civil Engineer before switching his career focus to education. He taught at M.S.U. and taught engineering courses at Lansing Community College, then developed a two-year program for engineering technicians and became a Dean at L.C.C. before being hired as Bay's first President.  He was invited to speak at quite a few conferences around the country on the curriculum he developed.

Mary accompanied Dr. Rinehart in many community meetings and presentations about the new college.

Dr. and Mrs. Rinehart were young when Bay was started, Dr. Rinehart was 36 years old with six children and a seventh born in the first year of the college's existence.  Dr. Rinehart was the youngest community college president in Michigan at that time.  His youth served the college community well, he was known to play touch football with the students and interested faculty!

Mary displayed a strong commitment to their children's education, and after they were grown she, too, earned her Bachelor's degree and worked in education settings as a Paraprofessional in Rochester, NY, and she was highly valued in that role.  Mary was also considered a Mom to the Bay College students in the college's first few years, all the while being a Mom at home to seven children.

Dr. and Mrs. Rinehart's talents were not limited to education, as both also supported the arts and both performed with the Players de Noc!

Dr. Rinehart's picture is featured on campus showing the history of the college. The pictures above show Dr. and Mrs. Rinehart on the Bay campus; together as a family in Dr. Rinehart's office on the original campus; and the family's sporting side all wearing Bay de Noc sweatshirts.  These pictures are considered family treasures!

The Rineharts' love for Bay College and its students is carried on by their children who continue to be involved with Bay and with the Dr. Richard L. and Mary K. Rinehart Scholarship.  Continued success to all Bay students!

Criteria: Members of Elks 354 or their Families

Criteria: Sophomore; GPA of 3.0 or Above; Financial Need; Career in Oral Communications, Theater or Speech

Criteria: Student Must be a Former Senior Varsity Volleyball Player; Traditional Student; Full-Time; Female; Freshman Student at Bay College; 1st Choice is Escanaba; 2nd Choice is Gladstone; 3rd Choice is Delta County / Senior Home School; 4th Choice is Upper Peninsula

  • 1/2 to Students Attending Bay College
  • 1/2 to Graduates of Bay College Attending Other Schools of Higher Education

Edward Sackerson

After serving in World War II, Edward worked in the accounting department at Mead Paper Corporation (now Billerud) for many years.  He was a lifelong resident of Escanaba until his passing at the age of 78.

Edward Sackerson

Edward was a very generous man.  He had a passion for giving to charities and organizations that would help those in need in the Delta County area.  Edward's gift of education to the Bay College Foundation has created a lasting impact across many generations of students.

  • Financial Need
  • Academic Merit

Helen Sackerson


Born on the fourth of July in 1928, a true spark, Helen was raised in Escanaba and graduated from Escanaba High School.  She worked at Michigan Bell Telephone Company for 35 years until her retirement in 1981.


Helen was an avid University of Michigan football fan.  She also loved animals and enjoyed feeding the neighborhood birds and squirrels.


Helen had a passion for helping others.  For years, she generously funded an annual scholarship at Bay College to assist students with financial need.  Helen has helped many students reach their goal of earning a college degree.


Helen passed away in 2021 at the age of 92.  She designated a gift in her estate to establish an endowed scholarship at Bay College that will live on forever in her name helping students advance their future.

Criteria: Students Pursuing Business Career; Financial Need Preferred

Criteria: Art/Graphic Students or Funds may be used for Art Work

Criteria: Computer Design or Engineering Student

Criteria: Delta County Residents Studying Agriculture or Related Field

Criteria: Art Work or Cultural Events

Criteria: Student in Speech; Physical Therapy; or Education

Criteria: Financial Need; Delta County Resident Preferred

Criteria:Financial Need; Delta County Resident Preferred

Criteria: Delta County; Financial Need; Nursing Student (prefer RN) or Automotive Student; Motivated Student

Criteria: Student in the Legal Profession; Career Program Preferred

Criteria: Education Students

Criteria: Academically Achieving; GPA >3.5

Criteria: Student in Special Education or Related Field; Renewable for 2nd Year

Criteria: U.P. Student in Wildlife Management; Biology, Forestry, Natural Resources, Ecology or Conservation; 2nd Year Student Preferred

  • Dickinson County Resident
  • Business or Pre-Engineering Student

Rob Varda

Rob Varda graduated from Kingsford High School.  After high school, he continued his education at Michigan Technological University and earned degrees in Business and Electrical Engineering. Rob was a lifelong resident of the Kingsford area, working in management at Grede Foundry for nearly 20 years before taking a position as the Purchasing Agent with the Oldenburg Group.  He was later employed as the Materials Manager at BOSS Snowplow until his passing.  He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, boating and woodworking. 

Rob’s wife, Linda, has been employed at Bay College West Campus for over 14 years.  At the time of Rob’s passing, Linda developed a scholarship in his memory.  The scholarship is designated for a resident of Dickinson County pursuing a degree in Business or Pre-Engineering to honor Rob’s commitment to the community and his passion for his fields of education.

Criteria: Student Emergency Fund

Criteria: Freshman; Business Student

Criteria: Mid Pen Student; Freshman

Criteria: Delta County Resident; Pursing Associate of Science Degree with Preference to Wildlife Management, Fisheries, Biology, Forestry, Natural Resources, Ecology, Water Tech, Conservation, DNR Officer or other Appropriate Degree; 2nd Year Student Preferred

Criteria: Financial Need; Pursuing an Associates Degree; 3.0 GPA; Sophomore

Criteria: Career Programs; Prefer Broadcasting, Journalism, Film Production, Graphics

Criteria: Financial Need

Criteria: Leadership Scholarships

Criteria: Business or Management Student

Criteria: Financial Need; Resides in Rural Areas; Non-Traditional Students

Criteria: Student Studying in Fine Arts (music, theater, dance, creative writing, art and film); or Honor Award Student Completing Studies at Bay, Transferring to a University

Criteria: Students Studying Biology, Microbiology or Nursing

  • Nursing Student
  • Delta County Preferred

Sally Zimmer

Sally Zimmer created a nursing scholarship endowment at Bay College in celebration of her 30+ year nursing career. “I want to help others create the opportunity I experienced caring for others. Achieving an education is critical to our future, and nursing is very rewarding.” Others continue to add to this fund to honor Sally’s commitment to community, education, and healthcare.

Annual Scholarships

Create an annual scholarship award honoring a special someone, family, alumni, organization or business. Funds are updated annually and scholarships are awarded to students for the upcoming academic year.

Criteria: Delta, Dickinson, Alger, Schoolcraft, Marquette, Menominee, Marinette or Florence County Students; Financial Need; Completion-Based; Renewable

Criteria: Female; Delta County; Financial Need; Transfer Program

Criteria: Female; Delta County; Non-Traditional Student

Criteria: Female; Delta County; Non-Traditional Student; 12 Credits or More

Criteria: Sophomore; Accounting Field; 3.0 Minimum GPA; Financial Need

Criteria: Escanaba High School Graduate; Delta County Resident

Criteria:  Escanaba Campus Students

Criteria:  24 or More Credits; Faculty Recommended

Criteria:  EMT / Paramedic Program

Criteria:  Financial Need; Textbook Purchases

Criteria: Pursuing Mechatronics / Robotics Systems Degree

Criteria: Dickinson County Resident; Students from Iron Mountain, Kingsford, Norway and North Dickinson High School Preferred; Pre-Engineering Student

  • Dickinson County Resident; 35+ Years of Age; 8+ Credit Hours

Three people standing outside at Bay College West

Gina Wollner (left), Dean of Bay College West, accepts a scholarship donation from Bay West Life representatives, Lois Outcelt and Ben Determan

Bay West Life was started in 2009 by a group of interested retirees to promote life-long learning in Dickinson County. Each year, Bay West Life donates a $1,000 scholarship to assist two Bay College students from Dickinson County over the age of 35.  Scholarships from organizations such as Bay West LIFE remove financial barriers for students and allows them to start or complete their degree.

Criteria: Academically Deserving; Delta County Residents; Financial Need

  • Financial Need
  • Preference to Mid Pen High School Graduates Active in Church Congregation
  • Gladstone and Rapid River High School also Considered

Kim Carne, Kennedy Englund, and Diane Srutowski at Bay College

Kim Carne, Vice President of Advancement / Foundation at Bay College (left), and Diane Srutowski, Pastor at Bethany Lutheran Church of Perkins (right), stand alongside Kennedy Englund (middle), recipient of the 2020-2021 Bethany Lutheran Church of Perkins Scholarship at Bay College

Each year, Bethany Lutheran Church of Perkins donates a $250 scholarship to assist a Bay College student with preference given to Mid-Peninsula High School graduates active in the church congregation.

Kennedy Englund, Bay College freshman and recipient of this year’s Bethany Lutheran Church Scholarship stated, “I’m so thankful to be awarded this scholarship.  The financial help means so much to me.  I’m excited to become a nurse someday and give back to the community.”

Criteria: Faculty / Staff Recommendation for Students with Barriers to Success; Financial Need; at Least 12 Credits

Criteria: Nursing Student; 3.0 GPA

Criteria: Delta County Resident; Education or Nursing Student

Criteria: Scholarships

  • Dickinson County Resident Attending West Campus
  • Full Time
  • Financial Need
  • Graduate of Iron Mountain, Kingsford or Norway High School

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Danielson Insurance Agent, Shana Thompson-Hegy (left) presents a scholarship check to Jason Sullivan, Executive Director of West Campus (right) to be awarded to a student from Dickinson County attending Bay College’s West Campus for Academic Year 2023-2024.

Danielson Insurance recently donated a $500 scholarship to assist a full-time, Bay College West Campus student from Dickinson County for Academic Year 2023-2024.  Ryan Danielson, President of Danielson Insurance stated, “We are excited to once again fund a scholarship to assist a Bay College student from Dickinson County. Going to college is not always easy, and many students face financial burdens along the way. Danielson Insurance appreciates the opportunity to financially help a student each year on their educational journey."

Criteria: 2.5 GPA; Nursing Student; Rotate Scholarship Recipient Between a Gladstone High School Graduate & a Non-Traditional Student from Delta County; Enrolled on the Escanaba Campus

Criteria: Pre-law, Criminal Justice or a Degree with a Legal Connection; Delta County Resident; Merit Based; Letter of Recommendation Required

Criteria: Delta County Resident; Non-Traditional Student; Age Range 21 - 39; Taking 6 or More Credits; Financial Need; GPA >3.0

Criteria: Delta or Dickinson County Resident; Non-Traditional Student (26+ years of age); Financial Need; Pursuing a Degree in Vocational or Trades Program; Letter of Recommendation from Faculty Member Required

Criteria: Delta County Resident; Financial Need; Pursuing a Degree in Automotive, Technology or Welding

Criteria: Escanaba Student

Criteria: Escanaba Student

Criteria: 2nd Year Student; Financial Need; Must have 24 Credits; Delta County Resident

  • Delta County Residents
  • 2nd Year Students
  • Nearing Completion in Social Work Program

Cindy Bintner presents check to Kim Carne

Cindy Bintner of the Delta County Suicide Prevention Task Force (left) presents a check to Kim Carne of Bay College (right) to fund the End the Silence Scholarship to assist Social Work students.

The Delta County Suicide Prevention Task Force funds an annual scholarship to assist Bay College students in their final year studying social work.  The scholarship is funded with proceeds from the End the Silence Walk.  According to Cindy Bintner, “mental health services and social workers are highly needed within our community. The task force feels it is imperative to help support the need and providing scholarships for students desiring a social work career is a great fit.” 

  • Math, Physics or Pre-Engineering
  • Financial Need
  • Prefer Bark River-Harris Graduate Living in the Bark River School District (Stephenson High School Graduate is eligible as a second option)

Howard Erickson smiling


Howard Erickson graduated from Bark River-Harris High School.  After high school, he served in the United States Army from May 1950 to March 1954.  He later attended Michigan Tech University and received an Electrical Engineering Degree.

Howard was employed at Bay College as a Math Instructor for over 30 years.  He had a positive impact on many students during his tenure at Bay College.

Howard passed away on December 9, 2020, and his family developed a scholarship in his memory to assist a student pursuing a degree in math, physics or pre-engineering.  Howard was very involved in the Bark River community, therefore this scholarship has preference to Bark River-Harris High School graduates that live within the Bark River School District. Graduates from Stephenson High School are also eligible.

Criteria: Female; Delta County Resident; 3.0 GPA or Above; Financial Need

One Award to a Bark River-Harris Graduate with Financial Need attending Bay College as a Freshman in the Automotive Program

One Award to a Non-Traditional Student with Financial Need attending Bay College in the Automotive Program 

Criteria: Scandinavian Descent

Criteria: Delta County Resident; 2nd Year Nursing; Single Parent

Criteria: Full-Time Student; Delta County; Financial Need; Renewable

Criteria: Delta County Resident; Financial Need; Non-Traditional; Enrolled in the Paramedic Program

Criteria: Delta County Resident; First Choice - Pursuing a Degree as a Special Education Teacher; Second Choice - Nursing

  • Automotive Students

Group of people holding an oversized check

Left to right: Bay College representatives: Kim Carne and Dr. Laura Coleman, Krusin Klassics Board Members: Michelle Oxford, Debbie Brunette, Bill Brunette and Randy Strasler.

Krusin Klassics is a non-profit organization founded in 1985 by local automobile enthusiasts.  Krusin Klassics draws a large crowd at their Fun Run Car Show in Escanaba, which takes place each year with the exception of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Proceeds from the Fun Run Car Show are generously distributed to various organizations, including the Bay College Foundation.  Each year, Krusin Klassics funds a scholarship to assist automotive students on their educational journey at Bay College.

Randy Strasler, Treasurer for Krusin Klassics stated, “We are excited to give back to the local community, and supporting Bay College students in the automotive program is a perfect way to help our community grow.”

  • Non-Traditional Student
  • Nursing (RN)

Criteria: Outstanding Sophomore Student (25+ Credits); Faculty Recommended; Board of Trustees Scholarship

Criteria: One award to a Business Student with Financial Need from Delta County                     and One award to a Non-Traditional Student with Financial Need from Delta County

Criteria: Sophomore; Nursing Student; Delta County Resident

  • Delta County Resident

Three women wearing masks at the Man Cave

Kim Carne, Vice President of Advancement / Foundation at Bay College (left), and Tonia Curry, Owner of the Man Cave (right), stand alongside Isabelle Harger (middle), recipient of the 2020-2021 Man Cave Scholarship at Bay College

The Man Cave in Escanaba funded a scholarship at Bay College to be awarded to a Delta County resident.  Tonia Curry, Owner of the Man Cave stated, “Bay College is instrumental to this community, and we are excited to be able to support a scholarship for a Bay College student.  Times are tough for many students right now, and giving back to the community is critical."

Criteria: Delta County Resident; Full Time; Sophomore; Financial Need

Criteria: Nursing Student; Graduate of North Central or Escanaba High School

Criteria: Delta or Dickinson County Resident; Pursuing a Degree in Education; Financial Need

  • Dickinson County Resident attending Bay West
  • Pursuing a Degree in Business, Finance or Banking

River Valley Bank employees holding a large check

James Helgren (middle), River Valley Bank, presents a scholarship check to Bay West Foundation Board Members Nancy Finch (left) and Julie Olson (right).

River Valley Bank established a $500 scholarship at Bay College to be awarded to a Dickinson County resident pursuing a degree in Business.  “We are fortunate to have local businesses that believe in the importance of higher education,” stated Nancy Finch, Bay College Foundation Board Member.  “River Valley Bank’s scholarship will help a Bay West student reach their goal of receiving a college degree.”

Criteria: Delta County Resident; Nursing Student; Financial Need

Criteria: Water Resource Management Student; Financial Need

Criteria: Full-Time; Accounting; 3.5 GPA

Criteria: Non-Traditional; Delta County Resident; Nursing Program (ADN Final Year)

Criteria: Financial Need; Former Delta County 4-H Club; Sophomore; Full-Time

Criteria: Business Oriented; One Delta County Resident; One Dickinson County Resident

Criteria: Automotive Students

Criteria: Emergency Need

Criteria: Water Resource Management Student; Financial Need; GPA 2.0 or Higher; Written Letter of Acceptance Required

  • Wells Township Student; Renewable for 2nd Year

Wells Lioness Club


The Wells Lady Lions Club donates $500 to the Bay College Foundation annually to fund the Wells Lioness Club scholarship. Funds are raised supporting their food trailer at local events, including the UP State Fair, Logging Congress and Wells Lion Club's Beer Festival. Shown, from left, are Marilyn Dutkavich, treasurer and Sally Way, president of the Lady Lions presenting a $500 check to Kim Carne, center, VP of College Advancement at Bay College.

Criteria: Full-Time; Freshman; Upper Peninsula Resident pursuing a degree in Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Math, Pre-Med or a High School Science Educator.  This scholarship is donor-advised.


Criteria: Delta County Resident; 1/2 to Freshman; 1/2 to Sophomore; Art Student Preferred; Academic Merit; Financial Need

Being a true philanthropist, Betsy Wickman Addison, via her estate, gifted art assets to the college as well as a trust fund to support student scholarships and Addison art procurement. Robert and Betsy Addison were Chicago Art Institute graduates whom dedicated their lives to creating and collecting art. The Addison’s passion and generous gifts of art live forever at Bay College and within our community where Betsy grew up. It is the largest Addison Collection in the world, and growing. As a result of this generous gift, the community arts are heightened, other collectors are inspired to contribute, and many lives impacted.

Criteria: Financial Need

Criteria: Delta County Residents; Associate Degree Program

Criteria: Financial Need; Student Completion Agenda

Criteria: Bay West Students; Two Letters of Recommendation Required; Maintain 2.5 GPA; Hard Working

Criteria: Bay West Students; High School Graduate of Iron Mountain, North Dickinson, Norway, Kingsford, Florence, or Niagara; Valedictorian & Salutatorian are NOT Eligible; Must be Within Two Years of High School Graduation; One Letter of Recommendation Required; High School GPA 2.5 or Higher; Maintain 2.5 GPA; Hard Working