The Chelsea Education Foundation’s primary mission is to enhance the Chelsea School District’s educational experiences by financing projects beyond the resources of the District and by providing scholarships to District graduates.


Nursing Scholarship

“I am a Grand Valley Nursing student and am working towards a career in global health or emergency care flight nursing. Receiving scholarships like the CEF Mary Merkle Memorial Scholarship for Nursing is very beneficial to me not only financially but emotionally in that I can focus on my studies and career goals rather than worry about paying back loans once I graduate. Thank you very much for your support! “-Brandy Alexander-Bui, second from left

Scholarship Recepient

A note from scholarship recipient Robbie Everard: “I love it here at BGSU! Thank you so much for helping make this possible. I am double majoring in Supply Chain Management and Applied Economics. I have immersed myself in college life, I am a member of the Presidential Leadership Academy, Supply Chain Management Assoc., The Economics Club, have pledged the Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity, and I am a member of the BGSU water ski team. I truly appreciate CEF’s support of my education.”

Pharmacy Scholarship Recipient

Thanks to Stephanie Everard, CHS Class of 2009 and WSU PharmD Candidate Class of 2016 for sharing her progress since receiving a CEF scholarship.

“Your very generous ongoing support has helped make it possible for me to achieve my dream of pharmacy school. I am currently a student pharmacist at Wayne State University where I am pursuing my PharmD. This picture was taken at my white coat ceremony in September.”



Our school dWorld Music Experienceistrict’s percussion students in grades 5 through 12 benefit from a CEF grant that supports the “World Music Experience,” a program that exposes young percussionists to skills and traditions beyond traditional western music.


bridging the generation gap


The “Bridging the Generation Gap” project is a prime example of CEF’s support of Lifelong Learning in our community. Under the leadership of Mrs. Jeanne Caselli, 5th graders meet monthly with residents of the Silver Maples to learn and grow together. This project has endured for more than a decade, thanks in part to funding from CEF.

adopt a grandparent

The “Adopt-a-Grandparent” program funded by CEF brings together 5th graders from Chelsea’s South Meadows Elementary school with residents of the Chelsea Retirement Community. The 5th graders come to appreciate the accomplishments and talents of their elders, while the senior citizens enjoy their visitors’ energy and excitement.


Science olympiad
With support of funding from CEF, Chelsea Beach Middle schoolers are preparing for Division B Science Olympiad tournaments this winter. Their training will build their knowledge of science and engineering as well as their teamwork and organizational skills.

The Chelsea High School Theater Guild and the Cast of Guys & Dolls extend a warm thanks the Chelsea Education Foundation for a grant to purchase tools for our scenery shop. The new tools have helped us get ready for Guys & Dolls performances





CEF grants fund specialized instruction for sections like the percussionists shown here.


Museum of Art


“The UMMA docents ALWAYS comment on how comfortable the students are when discussing the art in the galleries, and the students ask excellent questions.” Penny Olsen, CSD Art Teacher and CEF Grant Recipient — at UMMA: University of Michigan Museum of Art.



“CEF funding allows us to go to Antietam. Since Antietam was the bloodiest day in US history, I think it’s important the kids get a chance to walk the battlefield. We spend a good bit of time studying both Antietam and Gettysburg, and the CEF money allows us to see both. The kids loved going to Antietam this year, I think it brought it to life so to speak. Being on Burnsides Bridge and walking Bloody Lane was something that most of the kids will hopefully never forget.
The funding is truly appreciated.”

Each spGrant help on 8th grade tripring, the Chelsea School District’s 8th graders travel to our nation’s capitol for a trip that builds civic knowledge and pride. For many students, this trip is the highlight of their Chelsea School Dsitrict career.

The Chelsea Education Foundation funds scholarships that allow several students who would not otherwise be able to take part in this educational outing to join their friends on this special trip. Jason Morris, Director of Middle School Athletics, emphasized that for some students, “this might be their only opportunity to go to a big city.”

In the spring of 2002, the group had a unique opportunity to witness the Pentagon being rebuilt after the terrorist attacks of 9/11. This photo shows students viewing the Vietnam Memorial Wall in 2011.