Gratiot VFW Post 7805 Scholarship


Scholarship Information

The Gratiot VFW Post 7805 of Ithaca established this scholarship fund in 2002 using excess funds the public contributed for the All Wars Memorial at the Gratiot County Courthouse.  Grants from this Fund are allocated in part to preserving the Memorial and in part to awarding this scholarship.  Graduating seniors from Gratiot County high schools are eligible for this scholarship for study at a college or university with preference given to relatives of United States Military Veterans. 

VFW members believe these scholarships are a continuing tribute to our Nation’s veterans through the support of Gratiot youth in their pursuit of post-secondary education and ultimately in a secure and rewarding career path.  The Fund is growing rapidly due to contributions from Gratiot’s Veterans Posts, organizations and individuals.  Each contribution makes it possible to increase the number and value of scholarships awarded. 


Scholarship Criteria

  • Must be a graduating senior of a school in Gratiot County seeking post-secondary education;
  • Must submit a one-page, typewritten essay answering the question, “What does military service mean for the nation?”;
  • Preference to relatives of veterans-attach list of veterans, their service and relation to applicant;
  • Preference to those demonstrating academic achievement and financial need.

One scholarship available for as much as $1,260.


Scholarship Recipients

Grace Staley
Breckenridge High School



Previous Recipients


Chad Polash

Evan Casey

Trevin Gavenda

Savannah Shankel

Josi Denman

Elizabeth Lytle

Andrea Ring

Brianna Koppleberger

Señora Kaufmann Memorial Scholarship


The Señora Kaufmann Memorial Scholarship was established in November 2020 by the family of Sally Kaufmann to honor her decades of service to teaching and continue her legacy in foreign language and education.  Señora Kaufmann’s passion for teaching Spanish and Hispanic culture, along with her special gift for connecting with her students and colleagues, made her a beloved educator.

Sally Kaufmann was dedicated to helping students further their education, achieve their goals, and literally explore the world.  She was a loyal confidant to countless students with whom she shared her wisdom and listened to their dreams. It is her family’s hope that the Señora Kaufmann Memorial Scholarship will assist Alma High School and other Gratiot County students pursue their passion in foreign language, travel, and international studies. 

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