Willard Brainard Memorial Scholarship


Scholarship Information

Willard Brainard was the manager of the Ben Franklin store in St. Louis until a tragic accident took his life.  At the age of 18, Mr. Brainard traveled overseas with the International Boy Scout Jamboree visiting London, Brussels, Paris and other European cities.  After Willard's untimely death at the age of 28, his mother Inez started this scholarship fund in his memory as a student loan program and it was moved to the Foundation in 2015.  She hoped to inspire other St. Louis High School students to love learning beyond hish school as her son, Willard, did. 

Scholarship Criteria

•  Must be a graduate or graduating senior of St. Louis Public Schools residing in Gratiot County;
•  Must be in pursuit of a post-secondary education (including, but not limited to university, college, vocational technical or other certificate program);
•  Must demonstrate financial need;
•  Must demonstrate high moral character and
•  Must provide personal letter of reference from academic advisor, clergy member or other non family member attesting to moral character.
One scholarship available for as much as $700.00.

Scholarship Recipient


Jenna Jewell
St. Louis High School


Previous Recipients


Allyssa Roberson

Maverick Giles

Micab Honig

Tamara Smith

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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