Brooke Bennett has been awarded the foundation’s Continuing Scholarship for 2021. This is Brooke’s second grant from the foundation, as she attends Hope College working towards a degree leading to Medical School. Below is a short message from Brooke, regarding attending college during the covid pandemic.
Starting college in the midst of a pandemic has been so incredibly difficult but also one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. Hope had proven to be an amazing faith environment that fosters such incredible friendships all of which are centered around Christ. Despite the restriction put in place on campus, I have still been able to form relationships with my professors and each and every one of them has offered immense amounts of help in my studies. Despite this pandemic I have found a home at Hope and I could not be more excited for the years to come.
Students may submit applications between January 1st and March 1st of each year.
Roughly thirty applications are received annually, with Romeo High School providing the dominant portion of submissions. The foundation’s charter promises to grant four scholarships each year, while it typically awards six or more. Historically, the smallest grant has been a first year $2500 award.
The Sandbox Foundation is unique in that it reserves at least one grant each year as a “Continuing Scholarship”, to be given as a 2nd, 3rd or 4th college year award to a prior first year scholarship recipient of the foundation.
Past recipients have come from Romeo, Dakota, Utica, De Lasalle, and L’anse Creuse North high schools. The foundation focuses primarily on graduating seniors from Macomb County, Michigan.
There is no doubt that 2020 will go down in history as one of the weirdest years in most people’s lives. The same can be said for many businesses, organizations and certainly the Sandbox Foundation itself. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, Sandbox Foundation advisors were unable to hold their spring fundraiser. Likewise, not a single Sandbox Foundation scholarship was awarded in person, thus far for 2020.
Recently, advisors of the foundation reviewed the financial status of the organization and elected to award two more college scholarships. At this time, we proudly announce sisters Olivia and Sophia Schultz will be awarded grants from the foundation.
Olivia is being awarded a Barbara Faye Scholarship, while Sophia is being awarded a Wayne Scholarship.
Both sisters will be attending Western Michigan this fall. We look forward to hearing from the Schultz sisters as they attend college during these most interesting Covid-19 times.
Romeo High School 2020 graduate Gavin Kirsch proudly displays his Barbara Faye scholarship notice, in his Cap and Gown. Gavin is headed to Ferris State University to study Construction Management.
Below is a Gavin’s reply to Sandbox Foundation advisors.
I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for choosing me as the recipient of the Barbara Faye Scholarship. It is a great honor that you have chosen me out of all of the qualified applicants. I feel greatly blessed to receive this generous scholarship in order to further my education. I look forward to having the opportunity to meet with you so I may thank you in person.
I would like to thank you so much for this opportunity. I very much look forward to being able to thank you in person for such a generous contribution to my education. It means a great deal to myself and my family that there are foundations like yours looking out for the futures of students like me. I am so very excited to be spending my next four years at a place like Hope where everyone is a family and community is so important. I chose Hope because it reminded me so much of my home in Romeo. I have attached a photo from my first official visit to Hope where I immediately knew that Hope would be my place for the next four years.
I am honored to be selected as a recipient of such a generous foundation. The Kuchenmeister family continues to bless my family, allowing me to continue pursuing my higher education. I have applied to numerous scholarships and never heard back. With this foundation, my voice and my financial concerns are heard. Thus, my dream to become a practicing lawyer can be achieved. Words cannot describe the gratitude I have for the Kuchenmeister family. I am thankful to both Mr. and Mrs. Kuchenmeister and to God for introducing us. Their generosity inspires me, and I look forward to applying such kind and generous morals throughout my personal life. In light of the current economic situation with COVID-19, this scholarship is especially touching. I am so grateful for this opportunity, thank you again to the Kuchenmeister family for this generous gift.
Sandbox Foundation advisors proudly announce 2020 Scholarship recipients.
2020-1 Inspiration Scholarship: Brooke Bennett
2020-2 Inspiration Scholarship: Lillian Schneider
2020 Barbara Faye Scholarship: Gavin Kirsh
2020 Wayne Scholarship: Dominic Giancarli
These high school seniors have earned scholarships to assist in first year college or trade school expenses. Scholarship/Grants are normally announced during HS Honors Night ceremonies. Unfortunately, COVID-19 pandemic Stay-at-Home orders have cancelled ceremonies for all of these recipients. The foundation notified all of this year’s winners by email on May 9, 2020.
Continuing Scholarships for 2020 are being awarded to:
Natalie Mladenovik and Parker Brown
Continuing Scholarship recipients typically join foundation advisors at the Wine and Cheese fundraiser, held annually on the Friday before Mother’s Day. Unfortunately, this year’s event has been postponed due to COVID-19 Stay-at-Home orders as well. Foundation advisors anticipate rescheduling the event later this year.