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.
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).
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.
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 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!
Adam Walters graduates from CMU with a degree in Clinical Exercise Science.
Below is his message of thanks to the foundation. Best of luck Adam, in your hunt for a job.
Hello Mr. and Mrs. Kuchenmeister, I figured since it was your foundation that got me started in college, I would send an update now that I have finished. I have just graduated from CMU this summer with a bachelor’s degree in Clinical Exercise Science. My last course was an internship position and I had chosen to do that through St. John medical system. I was in the position of an exercise physiologist and got to help many patients through cardiac rehabilitation and diagnostic stress testing. They even let me observe an open heart surgery one day, that sure was something to see. Now that I have finished school I’m on the hunt for a job in the real world. I’m looking to do something dealing with cardiac focus or get into medical sales. Your foundation was a great help to me and my family and I appreciate all that you have given very much. I got to experience such great things through going to CMU and enjoyed every moment of it. It was truly a blessing to be part of such a great thing that you do for college students. Thank you again, Adam Walters
Wayne Scholarship recipient Joseph Greenlee checks in with the Sandbox Foundation’s advisors, providing the a photo of himself at his college and the following update.
Hi my name is Joseph Greenlee. I am going to Michigan State University and I’m in the honors college named James Madison. Where I will be studying law related subjects. My goal in life is to either get into the CIA or FBI one day” Thank you, and enjoy the rest of your day! Sincerely, Joseph Greenlee
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.
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.
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.