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.
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.
Sandbox Foundation Third Annual Fundraiser
Early guests study the auction items
Guests gather to learn the rules of the night's auction.
History of the foundation.
Rock details the history and purpose of the foundation for the guests.
Continuing Scholarship Recipients
Jared, Austen and Adam are proud recipients of the 2018 Continuing Scholarships
Advisors and Recipients
Foundation Advisors, Pastor Draeger, Rock and Cheryl announce the 2018 Continuing Scholarships
Additional table space is cleared to make room for more auction items.
Guest enjoy the weather
Foundation guests move outside to enjoy the seasonable weather.
Guest keeping track of important auction items.
Early guests begin to sample the auction items.
A final rush to bid, before the auction ends.
Austen Maczewski was 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.
The annual 2017 Romeo High School Honors Night was held May 22, 2017. Rock was on hand to present three scholarships to well deserving students. The first scholarship was awarded to Jacob Mullin, who is headed to Western Michigan University (studying Aviation Flight Service). Jacob was awarded the Kuchenmeister Family Scholarship.
The second award went to Austin Malczewski, who received the Wayne Scholarship. Based on applications received, the foundation chose to grant this second Wayne Scholarship of 2017. Austin is headed to Michigan State to study Finance.
The third award was delivered to Kayley Lorts, Kayley is also headed to Michigan State and will study Nursing. Kayley received the Barbara Faye Scholarship in honor of Rock’s mother, a long-time advocate for continuous learning, through education.
And finally, all three recipients were reminded that earning these awards automatically makes them eligible for next year’s “Continuing Scholarship“. Any recipient of a Kuchenmeister Family Scholarship or a Sandbox Foundation Scholarship is eligible to apply for Continuing Scholarships via email each January. Continuing Scholarships help offset tuition costs in subsequent years of study.
The Sandbox Foundation held its second annual fundraiser on Friday, May 12th. The event was a “Wine and Cheese Gathering”, with guests donating two bottles of wine. The first bottle was uncorked and served. The second bottle was sold at silent auction.
Advisors and Recipients
Jared and his proud mother (Anna)
Adam and his proud parents (Karen and Dave)
Blessing their journey
Preparation for a talk with God
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Adam Walters receives a 2017 Wayne Scholarship
Jared Newton receives the 2017 Inspiration Scholarship
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Rock describes the Sandbox Foundation objectives
A jar of Moonshine sneaks its way into the auction
Jared setting the stage for his next move
We got BIG bottles and little bottles
John gives the food a helping hand
Jozette checks her Wine APP on a prospect
MD 20/20 is always a party favor
Wine baskets add variety to the auction
Early candidates appear on the auction block
The kitchen is a popular place
Scholarship recipient Jared Newton (graduating from Dakota HS) was on hand to receive the 2017 Inspiration Scholarship, with his mother Anna. Scholarship recipient Adam Walters (graduating from Utica HS) was also on hand to receive a 2017 Wayne Scholarship, with his parents Karen and Dave.
Foundation advisors were able to expand grants for 2017 to six, with the final two to be Announced and Awarded during the Romeo HS Honors night, scheduled for May 22nd.
Now in its second year, the foundation raises the bar by awarding a second “Continuing Scholarship” in 2017 to Adam Frost. Adam was the first recipient of the Wayne Scholarship during the inaugural year of the foundation. The following message was received from Adam by the advisors.
“I am finishing up my freshman year at Grand Valley State University and loving the college experience and the amazing resources that are available. In the fall I will begin working towards my business degree at the Seidman College of Business at GVSU. Receiving the Continuing Scholarship from the Sandbox Foundation means so much since it is helping me to continue on this path. Thank you for this opportunity! “