Robert W MacDonald Memorial Scholarship


Scholarship Information

Robert W. MacDonald was enmeshed in ink from an early age.  Journalism became a part of him as a young boy and later became his life-long career.  He was the owner and publisher of the Gratiot County Herald for many years until his death.  Because of his love for the written word, this Scholarship was established in Robert's memory.
The MacDonald Family set high goals for the recipient of this award because these qualities would best describe Robert MacDonald himself.  The recipient must exhibit all around citizenship qualities within the school and community.  Consideration is also given to students known to be of high moral character and who possess and have demonstrated a willingness to be of service to others both in school and community.
There could be no better way to honor the memory of a man of such high moral character and citizenship, than to present this award with similar traits who also shares Robert's passion for journalism.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Must be a graduating senior of a school in Gratiot County or Alma College student;
  • Must pursue post-secondary study in journalism;
  • Must submit two references on a form specific to this scholarship (form available from high school counselor, Foundation office, or click the link Reference Form to download.) One must be from minister, church youth advisor or adult with first-hand knowledge of personal qualities and moral character and the other from a teacher or counselor;
  • Must submit a one page, typewritten essay outlining your career and educational goals and why citizenship, community service, church involvement and moral character are important to you.

Two scholarships available for as much as $1,500 each.


Scholarship Recipients


Alivia Giles
Breckenridge High School


Previous Recipients

Sarah Sopocy
Heidi Vanderbeek

Kaylee Wedel

Zach Hanson
Tyler Scott

Tyler Scott
Kaylee VanderHart


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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