Foundation Scholarships

Improving educational opportunities

Graduation cap above stack books with degree paper on wooden table

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.

Criteria: Top Student at Gladstone High School; Strong Academic Achievement

Criteria: 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

Instructor standing with two students holding scholarship awards

Left to right: Faculty Association Scholarship Committee Chair, Molly Campbell, presents certificates to Bay College students Kaitlyn Hardwick and Brooke LaBumbard. Hardwick is majoring in Elementary Education and holds a 3.6 GPA at Bay College. LaBumbard is working toward completion of an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) in order to become a Registered Nurse (RN). She holds a 3.2 GPA at Bay College.

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 smiling


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

Criteria: Financial Need Based; Grants to Help Students with Financial Barriers to Success and Emergency Needs

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.

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

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.

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.

  • 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 4 children whom reside in the Escanaba area.

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; Good Character; Academics; Leadership; Financial Need

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

Criteria: Dickinson County Students (West Campus)

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

Criteria: Nursing Student; Delta County

Criteria: U.P. Residents; Education Field

Criteria: Water/Wastewater Program; Sophomore

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

Criteria: (2) Key Club Members from Escanaba High School, Mid Pen, or North Central; (1) Special Needs Student from Delta County

  •  Full-Time
  • Delta County Resident
  • Freshman

Robert and Janet Farrell smiling


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. 


Criteria: Delta County Resident; Final Year Nursing Student; Financial Need; Merit

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

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

Criteria: Nursing; Single Mom

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 smiling


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

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

Criteria: Average GPA Student; Financial Need

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

Criteria: Upper Peninsula Resident; LPN Returning to School to Complete RN Degree

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

Criteria: 2nd Year Nursing Students; Delta County Resident; Financial Need

Criteria: High School Graduate; Pursuing Health-Related Field

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

Criteria: 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 or Delta County; Good Academic Standing; Faculty Recommended

  • 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 smiling

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 smiling

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 smiling


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

Criteria: Delta County Resident; Female; Financial Need

Eudora Norelius smiling


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.

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

Criteria: Delta County Resident; Non-Traditional Student; Financial Need; 3/4 of Award to Student in Natural Resources / Renewable Energy; 1/4 of Award to Student in Automotive Technology

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

Criteria: U.P. High School; Financial Need; Education or Engineering Student Preferred; GPA 3.5 or Higher

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

Criteria: 1/2 to Students Attending Bay College; 1/2 to Graduates of Bay College Attending Other Schools of Higher Education

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

Criteria: Dickinson County; Business or Pre-Engineering Student

Criteria: Student from Dickinson County; Pursing a Technical Certificate

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

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

Criteria: Nursing Student; Delta County Preferred

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; Letter of Recommendation Required from FIRST Advisor

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: Delta County Resident; High Academic Achiever

Criteria: Scholarships

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

Two women holding a check

Danielson Insurance Agent, Shana Thompson-Hegy (left) presents a scholarship check to Bay College Student Services Facilitator, Kelly Jaeger (right) to be awarded to a Bay College West student for Academic Year 2020-2021.

Danielson Insurance recently donated a $500 scholarship to assist a full-time, Bay College West student from Dickinson County for Academic Year 2020-2021. Ryan Danielson, President of Danielson Insurance stated, “We are fortunate to have Bay College present in our community, creating jobs and offering continued education to local residents. Danielson Insurance is excited to support a Bay College student from Dickinson County in their pursuit of a college degree.

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

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

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: Mark Caswell and Michelle Oxford, Krusin Klassics Representatives; Kim Carne, Bay College Vice President of Advancement / Foundation; John Stevenson, Bay College Automotive Student and Scholarship Recipient; Janet Snowden and Randy Strasler, Krusin Klassics Representatives.

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.  A portion of the proceeds from the 2019 event supported a $1,500 scholarship to assist three students in the automotive program at Bay College for Academic Year 2020-2021.  The scholarship recipients for this year are John Stevenson, Craig Smith and Christopher Johnson. 

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.”

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: Financial Need; Merit Based; Freshman and Sophomore

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 annually to their Bay De Noc Community College scholarship fund from many raised through their food trailer at local events such as the UP State Fair, the Logging Congress and their Beer Festival. Shown, from left, are Marilyn Dutkavich, treasurer and Joani Miller, 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. 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