Robert W MacDonald Memorial Scholarship

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About the Scholarship

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.

Number of Awards and Value

Up to two, for as much as $1,500 each.


  • 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.

Scholarship Recipients


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Alivia Giles


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Alivia Giles


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Alivia Giles


Sarah Humphrey


Sarah Sopocy


Heidi Vanderbeek


Kaylee Wedel


Zach Hanson


Tyler Scott


Tyler Scott


Kaylee VanderHart