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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.

2018: The fund was able to award 13 scholarships for a total of $26,000, bringing the total awards since 1992 to more than $470,000. Seventeen years ago the Tom Williams Service Award was established. This year the award was presented to Maris Lutzke, a Benzie Central High School graduate who is currently a senior majoring in international business at Northwood University. Congratulations, Maris!

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.

2017 gifts in honor of: Molly Harrison, Carl and Cynnie Hood, The Lee/Keating Family, Katie Hood Mills, Dave Tull

2017 gifts in memory of: Luanne Buzzell, Ethel and Clark Cooper, John and Charlotte Finley, George Miles Gibson, John and Lucille Hawley, Robert Hawley, Forrest Heacock, Robert Henderson, Buddy and Katsy Hoerr, Norman and Genevieve Johnson, Winifred Keiser, Michael McCauley, Helen and Warren Mutch, Ray Nystrand, Dick Pfeiffer, Michael Potter, Bob Rodgers, Jerry Schroer, Glenn H Schulz, Bill Sorenson, Charlie Whelpton, Tom Williams

Balance at the end of summer was $19,615 in checking and $23,898 in a Reserve Account CD.

Thanks to a generous donation from Jim and Sally Dutton, there is now in place an endowment fund. The principal will remain untouched, but the earnings should reap approximately one scholarship per year. We are most grateful!

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!

2018 scholarship Recipients. 

CSA: Marian Cooper, Pearl Cooper, Fenn McCaulley, McKenna Seward, Jordan Seward

FEHS: Shianne Knoch, Aleah Hunt, Anna Hunt

BCHS: Paige Cutler, Makenzi O’Rourke, Luke Reed, Manon Lutzke, Maris Lutzke