RHS Graduates Win Big with the Sandbox Foundation

Rock, Gabriella, Chloe and Sarah

Romeo High School Graduates scored big with the Sandbox Foundation. Four 2022 graduates took home scholarships during the RHS Honors and Scholarship night, held May 16th. Gabriella Kirsh received an Inspiration Scholarship. Chloe Anderson took home a Wayne Scholarship. Sarah Spitz was awarded a Kuchenmeister Family Scholarship, celebrating the grant’s 25th year. Senior Sean Sellars also earned a Wayne Scholarship from the Sandbox Foundation.

Sean Sellars receives his scholarship from Rock Kuchenmeister


That night, four RHS students took home scholarships presented by Rock. Two other Sandbox Foundation scholarships were presented at other local schools. L’Anse Creuse North (LCN) senior Grant Kovacs received a Barbara Faye scholarship during his school’s Honors Convocation held May 25th. Rock also presented a second Barbara Faye scholarship to Quinton Schurig during Almont High School’s Senior Academic Awards ceremony. Almont HS held their ceremony on May 18th and this was the first year an Almont senior received a Sandbox Foundation scholarship.

The Sandbox Foundation also awarded two Continuing Scholarships to past recipients Brooke Bennett of RHS and Avery Brown of LCN. In all, the foundation awarded seven scholarships, in addition to the Kuchenmeister Family Scholarship first established by Rock and Cheryl Kuchenmeister in 1997.

Foundation advisors include Rock and Cheryl, their daughter in-law Marie Kuchenmeister and Pastor Jeff Draeger of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church (Washington Twp, Michigan).

LCN Senior Grant Kovacs Awarded Scholarship

L’Anse Creuse North (LCN) 2022 graduating senior Grant Kovacs earned one of two Barbara Faye Scholarships in 2022. The scholarship was awarded by Rock during the LCN Senior Honors Convocation held May 25th at the Armstrong Center for the Performing Arts. Grant is a well accomplished young man headed to the University of Michigan in the fall. Grant’s submission paper focused on the challenges of maintaining core values and captured the attention of all four Foundation Advisors.

1st Almont HS Scholarship Awarded

The Sandbox Foundation awarded it’s first Scholarship to an Almont High School student, Quinton Schurig. Quinton demonstrates strong principles and is inspired by his younger brother Benjamin. Rock delivered Quinton’s scholarship certificate in person at the Almont HS Honors night held on Wednesday, May 18th. Though Almont is one of the smaller districts Rock has visited, he noted the strong support from local scholarship providers, with about half of them offering subsequent grants to students for additional years at college. Similar to the Sandbox Foundation’s “Continuing Scholarship”, local scholarships provided at most other districts, do not provide a possible continuation. Congratulations Quinton, a well deserving young man.

Brooke Bennett, 1st Scholarship of 2022

Brooke Bennett has received the first Continuing Scholarship awarded by the Sandbox Foundation for 2022. Brooke is a student at Hope College and continues to reflect the Inspiration, Work Ethic and Principles sought by foundation advisors. Below is a short update received from Brooke.

Since starting my second year of college I have made a ton of progress toward discerning what I want to do for my future career. With the support of the many resources, I have at Hope I decided to double major in psychology and global health. I also had the honor of giving a TEDxHopeCollege talk entitled “Why the Price of Insulin is a Danger to Diabetics“. That process taught me a lot about myself and allowed me to speak on a topic that is so important to me. Other than those things I spend time in chapel, working as a resident assistant, and hosting prospective students for a night on campus. Hope has given me incredible opportunities to learn and grow throughout my two years here on campus!

Apply now for Scholarships

The Sandbox Foundation is accepting applications for 2022 Scholarships, between January 1st and March 1st. Applicants are required to complete a “Common Application Form” and must submit a short essay describing 1) What inspires them, 2) How they would apply Judea/Christian principles in their education or career, and 3) Describe the value of Work and/or Service.

The student’s high school transcript should be attached to the application form and submitted through their counseling office or via email to Awards@SandboxFoundation.org. While the high school transcript is not a requirement, it is highly recommended by most advisors.

The foundation awarded Thirty-Six grants in it’s first six years and prides itself on finding Inspired, Hardworking, Principled recipients. Past grants have gone to graduates from Romeo, Dakota, Armada, De’Lasalle, L’anse Creuse North, and Utica school districts. Applications are accepted from all high schools. Some preference given to graduates in Macomb County.

Foundation Congratulates Scholarship Recipients for 2021

The Sandbox Foundation congratulates all its Scholarship recipients for 2021.  Due to Covid-19 restrictions, most school districts cancelled public Honors night presentations for their seniors.  Advisors of the foundation make every effort to present annual grants to recipients in person.  The only district to permit in-person Scholarship presentations was L’anse Creuse North, where Rock delivered the Barbara Faye Scholarship to Avery Brown.

The Sandbox Scholarship recipients for 2021 are:


 

Inspiration Scholarship: Audrey Walker, Armada HS. Audrey plans on studying Biology (Veterinarian) at Kalamazoo College

Barbara Faye Scholarship: Ava Johnston, Romeo HS. Ava plans on studying Nursing at Michigan State

Barbara Faye Scholarship: Avery Brown, L’anse Creuse North. Avery plans on studying Nursing at Macomb and Oakland Colleges

Wayne Scholarship: Gabby Cardamone, Romeo HS. Gabby is headed to Michigan to become a Physician

Wayne Scholarship: Joseph Greenlee, Romeo HS. Joseph plans to study law at Michigan State

Continuing Scholarship: Brooke Bennett, Romeo HS. Brooke continues here studies at Hope College medical school

In addition, a Kuchenmeister Family Scholarship was awarded to Filip Cvetkovski of Romeo HS.  Filip will be studying Computer Science at Oakland University.

The recipients have all been notified directly by the foundation or through their school’s counseling office. We congratulate all this year’s Scholarship recipients and look forward to meeting them in person, perhaps at a foundation fundraiser later this year.

The Sandbox Foundation does not publicly disclose grant amounts, but prides itself on making a measurable difference to each recipient and the school districts it supports.

Foundation Awards 1st Scholarship of 2021

Brooke Bennett and roommate, at Hope College

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.

Two more Scholarships Granted

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.

Natali Mladenovik update; Continuing Scholarship

Natali Mladenovik is a 2019 Continuing Scholarship recipient.  She qualified to apply by earning the 2018 Kuchenmeister Family Scholarship awarded at Romeo HS Honors night 2018.  Natali was unable to attend this year’s fundraiser, due to her intense work schedule, as she self-funds her education.  Below is an update from Natali, who certainly epitomizes the inspired, hardworking, principled kind of student this foundation looks to reward.

 

Natali mladenovik, with Grant

I have officially completed my first year at Oakland University. School has been busy between my courses and work, but nonetheless rewarding. My grade point average is now at 3.78, which I only aspire to raise. I am following the OU 3+3 program, which allows me to graduate a year ahead of my peers and be admitted directly into a law school. This summer I have enrolled full time to further persist my education, this will then in total put me a year and one semester ahead of my graduating class. I am actively searching for an internship next winter and seeking research opportunities. I am a member of Pi Sigma Alpha and Alpha Lambda Delta. I have put off clubs my first year to build up my grade point average and focus on my courses. I am already preparing myself for my Law Schools Admissions Tests, by having taken a practice one ran by Wayne State Law and my own independent studies. The Kuchenmeister Scholarship, as well as Oakland University, have presented me with plentiful opportunities which I am gratefully pursuing. Without the kind help offered by the foundation, I would not have otherwise been able to take as many classes and seek the full potential of my first year as a college student. I continue to praise God for having blessed me with the kindness of the Kuchenmeister family and the motivation to strive above dreams, my family and I are eternally grateful for this opportunity.

LCN 2019 Honors Night

L’anse Creuse North Honors night proved to be exciting for both (Downtown) Parker Brown and Rock Kuchenmeister, as Parker becomes the first LCN graduate to receive a Sandbox Foundation grant (the Wayne Scholarship).  Foundation advisors Rock & Cheryl met in the halls of LCN forty years ago, dispelling the Thomas Wolfe quote “You can’t go home again”.

Parker Brown, LCN Sandbox Foundation Wayne Scholarship 2019
Parker Brown, LCN Sandbox Foundation Wayne Scholarship 2019

 

Parker will be studying Computer Science, Criminal Justice and joining the swim team at Olivet College in September 2019.  Congratulations Parker on your Wayne Scholarship.