Linn P Kanitz Memorial Scholarship


Scholarship Information


Linn Kanitz loved music!  He played lead trombone in Alma High School’s band and received the Louis Armstrong Award in recognition of his musicianship, dependability, loyalty and cooperation.  Linn, Kevin Smith and others performed in a band known locally as “The Blues Brothers.”  They even performed on stage at the Chesaning Showboat.   

Linn graduated from Alma High School in 1981 and died only three months later in a tragic motorcycle accident.  To honor his memory and love of music, Linn’s late father, Gene, created this scholarship to provide students throughout Gratiot County who love music as much as Linn with the opportunity to experience band camp.  In Gene Kanitz’s words about Linn, “He loved life and people, he loved to share with deep caring.”  This scholarship will be an everlasting testament to Linn’s love of music and community.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Must be a student at a school in Gratiot County;
  • Must apply scholarship to band camp tuition;

One Scholarship available for as much as $500.


Scholarship Recipients


Izabella Gutierrez
Donald L. Pavlik Middle School




Previous Recipients

Aleksander Jachimiak

Adam Dixon
Danny Dixon

Adam Dixon 
Danny Dixon

Danielle Mason

Lauren Duflo

Monroe Molesky

Parker Schaub

Reid Lott


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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