Mildred Chaffin Portner Scholarship

 

Scholarship Information

 
 
Mildred Chaffin Portner, an Ithaca native, was an influential face in Gratiot County for many years. Throughout Mildred's life, she worked for various state agencies, joined the Works Progress Administration (WPA) as a business administrator, help adopt development management systems in 300 congressional offices, and eventually became the secretary of the Library of Congress from 1946 to 1969. Mildred advocated for helping upcoming generations by advocating for equal employment practices and promoting the value of local historical libraries. To honor Mildred and her passions, this scholarship was established to aid high school juniors and seniors with their pursuit to a post-secondary education. 
 

Scholarship Criteria

 
  • Must be a Gratiot County high school junior or senior; 
  • Must use scholarship in pursuit of a post-secondary education at a college/university, or in a vocational/technical program;
  • Must complete and submit the Foundation's Scholarship application;
  • Must complete and submit a historical essay focused on a person, place or event in Gratiot County. The essay must:
    • Be typewritten and double-spaced in a 12 point font size with one ice margins all around;
    • Include a title page, annotated bibliography and the body of the paper be no more three 8.5 X 11 inch pages in length;
    • Not be bound in any way other than a paper-clip;
    • Utilize at least one original source identified in an annotated bibliography;
    • Follow current and generally accepted rules for writing an historical essay;
  • Students are encouraged to use the Gratiot County Historical and Genealogical Society, and/or other local historical and genealogical societies, as a resource in writing the historical essay;
  • Essays will be archived at the Gratiot County Historical and Genealogical Society as a resource for future research. 
One scholarship available for as much as $500

 

Scholarship Recipients

 
 
2020
Rachel Craft
Fulton High School

 
 

Previous Recipients

 

2018
Katie Good

2017
Lauren Jernstadt 

2016
Hunter Wilson
 
2015
John Lambrecht
 

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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