William Kirby Memorial Scholarship


Scholarship Information

The William R. Kirby Scholarship was established in August 2000 by former athletes, friends and family in honor of his many contributions as a teacher, coach and administrator at Ithaca High School. Bill Kirby spent his entire career at Ithaca High School, beginning in 1953.  His career included serving as a physical education teacher and head basketball coach, as well as coaching baseball and football.  Coach Kirby started the youth Saturday basketball program and oversaw the Ithaca Little League summer baseball program.  In 1969, he became the Principal at the high school until his retirement in 1987.  Bill was highly regarded at the high school, in the community and within his profession for his expertise and guidance to students and athletes.  This scholarship is meant to honor him by supporting the education of scholar-athletes graduating from Ithaca High School. 

Scholarship Criteria

See high school counselor for more information.

Scholarship Recipients

Chanc McCormack
Ithaca High School

MacKelle Thompson
Ithaca High School



Previous Recipients

Adam Culp
Cavun Beck
Lauren Sheets

Jason Derry

Kylee Chaffin
Michael Meier

Noah Slater

Bryan Shaw

Michael Mallory

David Brown

Brittany Bentley

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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