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Les Cheneaux Commmunity Foundation

Land of Water

Dedicated to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Les Cheneaux community since 1997.

 

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INVEST IN THE FUTURE

Our Mission

A Lasting Way to Support Our Unique Community

Our Mission is to provide opportunities for our community to invest in its future. The permanent endowments that we create today will become an enduring resource for the people of the Les Cheneaux area, now and for generations to come.

The Community Foundation is a non-profit corporation established to meet the local needs, today and in the future. We offer tax advantages of charitable giving, the long-term benefits of endowment funds, and the ability to establish a legacy fund in the name of your family member or loved one.

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Your generosity helps to fund over 50 causes in the Les Cheneaux community from improving Cedarville Harbor for better water access to investing in our students’ future with the KickStart to Career saving plan. With your support, we can continue to maintain, improve and preserve our unique community.

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Our Foundation is strengthened by community collaboration. We welcome new initiatives focused on education, culture, environmental awareness, community development and health and wellness in Les Cheneaux. From the COVID Relief Fund to the Clark Township Fire-fighting Boat Fund, we are committed to helping our community.

Thanks For Your Support

Your tax-deductible donation helps to improve our community in countless ways. Thank you for your support to enhance this unique community we all share.

Your tax-deductible donation helps to fund:

Les Cheneaux Community Foundation

Grants

Supporting our community

Les Cheneaux Community Foundation

Scholarships

Investing in the future

Les Cheneaux Community Foundation

Community Partnerships

Working with local organizations

NEWS

At Work in Our Community

Les Cheneaux COVID Relief Fund

COVID Relief Fund

Our community needs our help during this unprecedented time. Thanks to our donors, we recently distributed Safe Start kits to local businesses. Please consider donating to this critical fund. Need help? You can also apply for COVID Relief Funds.  

Carl Gerstacker Preserve Upgrades

We are very proud to award a grant to The Nature Conservancy for trail work and upgrades to parking and access to the Carl Gerstacker Preserve, right here in the EUP along M-134 at Dudley Bay. Work will be completed in Spring 2021 and the trails are beautiful right now.

Kickstart to Career

We are investing in every child in the Les Cheneaux community, starting with $50 savings plans for all incoming kindergarten students. To encourage saving for future college or trade school costs, we will match family and friends’ contributions up to $25 per year.

Cedar Post Improvements

Thanks to your genorosity, the Cedar Post Thrift Store and Food Pantry now has new energy efficient windows and lighting. We are grateful for your continued support of this essential organization in our community. Many rely on the Cedar Post, especially during this challenging pandemic. 

Funds & Programs

Our Focus

Environment

From raising awareness about Blastomycosis and wild parsnip, to improving nature trails and water quality, the Foundation is focused on the health of Les Cheneaux for years to come.

Education

We are proud to partner with the community library, local schools, the culinary school, and boat building school to provide educational programs, funding and scholarships.

Economic Growth

We work together with local organizations, businesses and attractions to bring revenue and growth to our community. A grant to the Chamber of Commerce will help to promote this great region.

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Les Cheneaux Community Foundation Scholarship Funds

Scholarship Funds Held by The Les Cheneaux Community Foundation: 

Josh Goodell Memorial Scholarship

Josh Goodell was a 2019 graduate of Cedarville High School. He realized his goal of playing both basketball and football all four years of high school. His family wishes to honor Josh's memory by awarding a $1,000 scholarship to a student who shares Josh's love for athletics.

George H. Nickels and Les & Jackie Stiner Memorial Endowment Scholarship Fund

The sole purpose of this fund shall be to provide a scholarship to a student attending the Great Lakes Boat Building School in Cedarville Michigan.

The selection of the student(s) for this special scholarship award will be made by the Scholarship Committee of the Great Lakes Boat Building School, as appointed by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Graduates who received a George H. Nickels Scholarship shall be recognized as such at graduation and called George H. Nickels Scholars.

Bonnie Mikkelsen Endowed Scholarship Fund

The sole purpose of the Fund shall be to provide financial assistance for students attending the Great Lakes Boat Building School who have met the financial need criteria as established by the Board of the Great Lakes Boat Building School.

Frank (Duke) Harding Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund

The purpose of the fund is to provide an annual scholarship to a student attending the Great Lakes Boat Building School.

Les Cheneaux Arts Council Fund

The purpose of the fund is to provide annual support to art programs, classes & scholarships in the Les Cheneaux Community.

Les Cheneaux General Scholarship Fund

The primary purpose of the fund assets shall be to provide financial assistance for students who are attending a post-secondary school and are graduates of the Les Cheneaux Community Schools.

Les Cheneaux Lions Club General Scholarship Fund

The primary purpose shall be to provide FIRST YEAR financial assistance for students who are pursuing a post-secondary education and are graduates of the Les Cheneaux Community Schools.

Thomas (Tommy) Nelson Mertaugh Scholarship Fund

The sole purpose shall be to provide a scholarship to a student attending the Great Lakes Boat Building School and who meets the criteria established by the Great Lakes Boat Building School for financial aid.

Tricia (St Onge) Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund

Tricia (St Onge) Smith attended Les Cheneaux Community Schools and graduated in 1997. Not only was she a wonderful student but she was also passionate about sports. Tricia earned many awards in basketball, volleyball, and track. She later attended Central Michigan University and became an incredible teacher. This fund was set up to help others who share Tricia's passion for education and sports. This fund will award $500 to a recipient each year.

Trip Abnee Memorial Water Safety Fund

This fund was created by Trip Abnee's wife and daughters to honor Trip's love of boating and insistence on safety. He taught many kids how to drive a boat and made it possible for them to get their boating licenses. He had two rules: "Do what the captain says, when the captain says it" and "Have fun". Coming into the dock he would say, "Fingers and paws inside the boat" and after docking he would say, "Any landing you walk away from is a good one, every time without fail". This fund is used to provide life vests to area youth who complete the Water Safety Course offered free of charge each summer.

The Williams Family of Coryell Island Scholarship Fund

This $1000 scholarship was instituted in 2001 by the Williams Family who has had a long time presence on Coryell Island. The purpose is to provide financial assistance for continuing education or vocational training to graduates of the Les Cheneaux Community Schools based on their financial need, academic performance, and participation in extracurricular activities and community service.

Geraldine (Gerry) Naybeck Memorial Scholarship

The primary purpose is to support programs and projects that provide education and /or early detection of cancer: equipment, programs, or services to assist individuals diagnosed with cancer or other terminal illnesses. Also supported are programs and support services for families or scholarships for students studying nursing or a related health field.

Tassier-Nye Scholarship

The primary purpose of the fund shall be to provide financial assistance for students who have attended a school in the Les Cheneaux area.

Rae Taylor Memorial Scholarship Fund

Rae Taylor was an avid builder and lover of boats. This endowed scholarship fund was created by Rae Taylor's wife Dianne in his memory. The sole purpose of the fund shall be to provide an annual scholarship for a Great Lakes Boat Building School student who has a love of boat building & repair, or mechanical maintenance of boat engines & systems, and who demonstrates a financial need.

William T. and Ann Collins Charitable Fund NEW SCHOLARSHIP AWARD 

Applications are being taken through June 30, 2022 for a $5,000 scholarship awarded to a graduate of Cedarville High School who is currently pursuing a career in the healthcare field. Contact our office for application. (906)484-2484 or lccommunityfoundation@gmail.com.

 

William (Billy) Ryan Scholarship Fund

The sole purpose shall be to provide an annual $500 scholarship to a Cedarville High School graduate who intends to continue his/her education at an institute of higher learning, either university, college, or vocational/technical school.

Earl Law-Perry White VFW Post 7958 Scholarship Fund

The sole purpose of the fund is to provide $1000 or $1500 scholarship to a high school graduate from both Les Cheneaux Community Schools and Pickford Community School who intends to continue his/her education at an institute of higher learning. The graduating senior is required to be a veteran or related to a veteran. If related to a veteran who is a member of the Earl Law-Perry White VFW Post 7958, the scholarship shall be $1500 instead of $1000.

Archie and Ruth Visnaw Endowment Memorial Scholarship

Archie Visnaw grew up in Cedarville and was one of Cedarville's great ambassadors. Archie was the area postmaster for more than 30 years.

He was also an avid boat and snowmobile racer. Most importantly, Archie was a friend to everyone he met. Ruth came to Cedarville as a Home Economics teacher. She taught over 25 years in the Cedarville School system and was a highly respected teacher. The Archie and Ruth Visnaw Memorial Endowment Scholarship is a $500 scholarship given to a student who has attended Cedarville High School wishing to extend their post high school educational opportunities.