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 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.
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.
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 will be studying Computer Science, Criminal Justice and joining the swim team at Olivet College in September 2019. Congratulations Parker on your Wayne Scholarship.
My third semester of college has been an awesome learning experience, college sure seems to be going quick. Now that I have been accepted into the Business college, I am going to pursue an accounting major with an Information Technology minor. With the majority of my classes business focus, It has provided me with a much more interesting curriculum already. I have also been taking advantage of all the organizations on campus, for example, the MSU finance association and the Accounting Student Association (ASA).
The biggest difference between this year and last year has been all the extra curricular activities I have taken up in my free time. With such a big campus at MSU, I have had to find a way to make it a little smaller… once you start exploring there’s so many ways to condense campus. For the Honors College at MSU I joined a book club where I read books of my choosing with a group of other Honors students on Tuesday nights, this has allowed me to learn a ton about good books and also allowed me to meet some really good people.
Lately, most of my time has been directed towards research on a possible invention I have. Just this last month I started an LLC for this new company and I ordered a Provisional Patent on my Idea. The best part of this idea is that I found an organization on campus that Is funded by Alumni, who have agreed to help pay for my legal fees, patents, and other costs I may incur building Prototypes and what not, without a catch or giving up any equity in the company. I entered a competition (Burgess New Venture Challenge) put on for MSU students with my idea and If I place top 5 I could be granted potential funding, I will keep you posted on this.
I have also made great strides in wrestling, I was awarded my varsity letter-man jacket at the beginning of the semester, which was a super cool experience. I have also taken 3rd place at the MSU open tournament, and Ohio Intercollegiate open tournament with a record of (9-2) over the last two weekends.
I want to thank you for the continued scholarship this year, It has helped me out tremendously. As a student who is responsible for paying for his own college experience, I constantly remind myself how fortunate I am to receive this Sandbox Foundation Scholarship.
This holiday season is a great time for High School Graduates to Invest in Themselves. The Sandbox Foundation will accept applications for its fourth year of grants shortly after Christmas. Graduating High School Seniors can download a two page standardized form by going to the the foundation’s Application Page and clicking the download link. Or, just click here!
Applicants are required to complete the two page standardized form and to include a one/two page submission paper addressing all of the following three topics.
1. Describe what inspires you.
2. How would you apply Judea/Christian principles in your education or career?
3. Describe the value of work and/or service.
The submission paper can be written as an essay or a letter to the foundation’s advisors. Completed applications should be submitted as PDF documents by email to: Awards@SandboxFoundation.org. In addition, Romeo High School seniors can pickup and submit applications in their school’s counseling office.
The Sandbox Foundation accepts Scholarship Applications between January 1st and March 1st annually. Created in late 2015, the Sandbox Foundation started with a goal of granting three partial year scholarships to graduating High School Seniors and a (fourth) Continuing Scholarship to prior recipients (including the most recent five of the Kuchenmeister Family Scholarship). Through local intimate fundraisers, the foundation has exceeded its original goals every year and now sets its sights on “doubling the original goals” in the near future.
De LaSalle graduate Noah Schultz, fresh off his Prom Date last Friday night, accepts his Wayne Scholarship from the Sandbox Foundation. Noah is headed to Western Michigan next fall to study Mechanical Engineering. In Noah’s own words, “It seems pointless to do a task if you do not value the work you are accomplishing.” Congratulations Noah.
Rock enlightens the RHS Class of 2018 with the secret of their success. Perhaps its not found in what they did the past four years, but rather what they will do tomorrow.
Natali Mladenovik receives the Kuchenmeister Family Scholarship, covertly hiding from our camera. Whatever she’s done. Whatever she’s about to do. Natalie, the Kuchenmeister Family is placing a bet on you.
Naturally, the “Inspired Chef” Gillian Giancarli receives the foundation’s “Inspiration Scholarship”. Gillian and Rock share a passion for food. Gillian likes to cook it. Rock likes to eat it.
David Cardamone was “destined” to receive a Sandbox Foundation Award. This year, David takes home the Barbara Faye Scholarship.
The Sandbox Foundation held its Third Annual Spring Fundraiser as a Wine & Charcuterie party. Guests were asked to bring two bottles of wine to the event. One bottle was opened and served, while the other was sold in a silent auction. Record contributions were received, helping the foundation to fund six scholarship awards for 2018.
Three Continuing Scholarships were announced, with all of the recipients on hand to receive their awards. Winners of the 2018 Continuing Scholarships are: Jared Newton, Austen Malczewski and Adam Walters.
The 2018 Wayne Scholarship recipient was announced as: Noah Schultz, a graduate of De La Salle, who is headed to Western Michigan. Noah could not be present due to a (prom) date with a girl. Good choice Noah. We’ll be certain to catch up with you later.
Austen Maczewskiwas one of two recipients of the Wayne Scholarship in 2017. He sent us the following message after his first few weeks of college at MSU.
Michigan state is providing me with an amazing experience already. I have been in classes from 25 people to 300 people, I have also been from North campus to South campus (miles apart), I am learning to adapt either way! College has been completely different from high school; change in diversity, crazy amounts of freedom, and the amount of studying required. I am slowly but surely learning the ropes here at Michigan State University, thanks to The Sandbox Foundation scholarship I am able to completely focus on academics this first semester instead of having to work long hours at a minimum wage paying job. Not sure if I told you I was wrestling at Michigan State or not but that has also provided me some cool opportunities as well, such as being on the field for the first home football game of the year. Because of your generosity I have had the opportunity to Walk on to the wrestling team here at MSU. Thanks again it will be forever appreciated!
Adam Walters checked-in with the Sandbox Foundation, on his way to success at Central Michigan University. Here’s a message received by the foundation from Adam.
Through the end of the school year all of the craziness of senior year became very real. Signing up for graduation, Prom and various other things all came quick. Though there was a lot to do I set my priorities straight and got everything done that needed to be. This summer I plan on working at Decour Statuette making concrete for builders and home owners. I also look to spend my weekends on a beach in Caseville. After seeing the campus more I plan on doing the Pre-PA program that CMU offers.