Education Fund & Scholarships  —  Open the Scholarship Application(pdf file)

The CSA Education Fund was established October 24, 1992 to provide scholarships to CSA and Benzie County students. Scholarship applications are reviewed by the CSA Education Fund Trustees and granted considering the following: financial need, scholastic ability, strong commitment to service within their community, and admission to an undergraduate or post graduate program at an accredited college or university or into a vocational program. Priority is given to those enrolling in an associate degree, a bachelor’s degree, or vocational program. Past recipients are welcome to apply, up to a total of four years.

Contributions to the CSA Education Fund are tax deductible! General, honorary, or memorial gifts to the CSA Education Fund should be sent to:

CSA Education Fund
c/o Carol Edmonds
PO Box 1026
Frankfort, MI 49635

Thanks to the generous contributions of the CSA membership and support by local Benzie County area citizens, in 2016 the Education Fund was able to award ten scholarships totaling $20,500. Total scholarship awards since 1992 is $421,200. Service to the community is a high priority when considering the applications. Fifteen years ago the Tom Williams Service Award was established to recognize the commitment to service which Tom exemplified. In 2016, this optional award was presented to Laura Cooper in recognition of her outstanding record of service. Congratulations, Laura!

The trustees of the Education Fund would like to thank those who gave memorials, and acknowledge those in whose memory or honor gifts were given.

This year contributions were made in honor of:
Katie Hood Mills, Carl and Cynnie Hood, Dave Tull, Molly Harrison, The Lee/Keating Family

In Memory of:
Charlie Whelpton, Michael McCaulley, Jerry Schroer, Tom Williams-Scholarship, Robert Hawley, John and Lucy Hawley, George Miles Gibson, Glenn H. Schulz, Luanne Buzzell, Ethel and Clark Cooper, Bob Rodgers, Forrest Heacock, Bill Sorensen, Norman and Genevieve Johnson, Ray Nystrand, John and Charlotte Finley, Dick Pfeiffer, Michael Potter, Buddy and Katsy Hoerr, Winifred Kaiser, Robert Henderson, Helen and Warren Mutch
We are also very grateful for generous donations from the Dutton Foundation and from the CSA Women’s Association. The balance in the fund at the end of the summer was $35,817 which includes $12,038 in checking and a Reserve Account CD of $23,774.

These scholarships impact lives with their financial and moral support. This is evidenced by the donations received from former recipients who are now established in their careers and by some current recipients who already anticipate being able to give back when they are able. By making these scholarships available to all Benzie County students, the CSA is recognizing its place in and responsibility to the community at large. Working together, we are making a difference. As the cost of higher education continues to rise, we appreciate each and every contribution!

2016 scholarship Recipients. 

Top Row Left to Right: Maris Lutzke, Page Cutler, Grace Cooper, Laura Cooper
Middle Row Left to Right: Leah Taylor, Katie Peoples
Bottom Row Left to Right: Zachary Terwilliger, Anna Hunt, Jordan Seward, Raquel Besey