Scholarships at our Community Foundation: Changing young lives

Establish a scholarship at our Community Foundation and you inspire young people while investing in our community's future.

Higher education is one of the surest paths to opportunity. Unfortunately, many people who could benefit the most from a college education are least able to afford it. Work with our Community Foundation and make college a bit more affordable while creating a lasting legacy in your name or the name of a loved one.

The benefits of establishing a scholarship:

  • You receive tax benefits in the year your gift is made.
  • You establish the selection criteria when you set up a fund.
  • Scholarships can be awarded to graduating high school seniors or current college students.
  • Recipients live in the foundation's geographic service area of Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties.
  • We take care of all the paperwork.

Of course, the true benefit is in helping deserving students. We can help you find them and handle all administrative details, including working with schools to set up a committee to review the applicants. And you can get as hands-on as you wish in the selection process. Or, sit back and watch the impact of your gift.

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Some examples of Scholarship Funds held at the Community Foundation:

The Richard D. Letts Fund

Richard 'Dick' Letts, community activist and Lansing city employee, used his $60,000 retirement buy-out bonus to establish a field-of-interest fund with our Community Foundation to benefit disadvantaged children. "I want to give something back," he told the Lansing State Journal. "This will be my legacy."

Along with Olivia, his wife of 46 years, Letts, a.k.a. 'Mr. Lansing,' made it possible for many children to realize their education goals. Since the fund's establishment in 1993, the Richard D. Letts Fund has awarded $28,940 in grants and scholarships to benefit local youth.

The Lettses believed in the inherent dignity of every person. "All people matter" was Dick's mantra. His memory and legacy live on with his endowment fund.

If it is to be done, it will be done by me."

— Richard D. Letts

The Richard & Lorayne Otto Scholarship Fund

Richard and Lorayne Otto were treated well by Auto-Owners Group Associates, so well that when they established their college scholarship fund they knew exactly who they wanted it to help.

“I like to think that we are Auto-Owners Blue Bloods," Richard said. "During the many years of association and employment, we have received many blessings from Auto-Owners and have wanted to do something for the company that has given us so much. As a result of our desire to do something for the company, we have made a gift to the Capital Region Community Foundation."

Children of the Auto-Owners Group Associates are eligible for the scholarship awards. Students are assessed on academic performance, extracurricular activities, community service and driving record.

If you are a legal dependent of an Auto-Owners associate and you would like to apply for The Richard & Lorayne Otto Scholarship, review our application guidelines [PDF] and complete our online application (available January 1, 2019). Applications are due in March of each year.

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