Scholarships

Scholarship Overview

The 2017 CEF scholarship application is open.  Applications will be accepted until April 30.   The application must be completed online.

Click Here For CEF Scholarship Application

All letters of recommendation must be dated.

Email scholarships@chelseaeducationfoundation.org for more information and/or questions.

Below are the scholarships currently available annually to Chelsea High School graduating seniors and/or current college students (see individual scholarship details for  requirements).

The Joseph Piasecki Memorial Scholarship

To be considered for a Piasecki Memorial Scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be a Chelsea High School graduate in the current academic year
  • Pursue a degree or skilled trade  at the post secondary level
  • Describe the life experiences which have influenced your character development goals
  • Provide a current academic transcript (a high grade point average is not required) (CEF to obtain)
  • Include one letter of recommendation written within the last six months; the letter should be a character reference (coach, mentor, clergy, rabbi, employer, teacher, etc.)

The Chelsea Education Foundation Academic Scholarship

To be considered for, applicants must:

  • Be a current high school senior
  • Reside in Chelsea School District
  • Pursue a degree or skilled trade at the post secondary level
  • Provide a current academic transcript demonstrating high academic achievement (CEF to obtain)
  • Describe yourself and the future contributions you would like to make to society after attaining your educational goals
  • Include one letter of recommendation written within the last six months; the letter should be a character reference (coach, mentor, clergy, rabbi, employer, teacher, etc.)

The Chelsea Education Foundation Community Service Scholarship

To be considered, applicants must:

  • Be a current high school senior
  • Reside in the Chelsea School District
  • Pursue a degree or skilled trade at the post secondary level
  • Provide a current academic transcript (CEF to obtain)
  • Demonstrate a high level of community service
  • Describe your contributions to the community
  • Include one letter of recommendation written within the last six months, from a member of the community, which speaks to your involvement in community service

The Jillian Lea Drow Memorial Scholarship

To be considered, applicants must:

  • Be a current Chelsea High School graduate in the current academic year
  • Pursue a degree or skilled training at the post secondary level
  • Provide a current academic transcript (a high grade point average is not required) (CEF to obtain)
  • Describe an act of kindness, for which you have witnessed or you have initiated, that has affected your character development and your future goals.
  • Include one letter of recommendation written within the last six months; the letter should be a character reference (coach, mentor, clergy, rabbi, employer, teacher, etc.)

The Brian McGrath Memorial Scholarship

To be considered, applicants must:

  • Be a current Chelsea High School graduate in the current academic year
  • Pursue a degree or skilled training at the post secondary level, preferably in Engineering
  • Provide a current academic transcript (a high grade point average is not required) (CEF to obtain)
  • Describe yourself and the life experiences which have influenced your character development and future goals.
  • Include one letter of recommendation written within the last six months, which speaks to the applicant’s demonstrated ability or interest in engineering.

The Chelsea Rod and Gun Club Scholarship

To be considered, applicants must:

  • Be a graduating senior from Chelsea Public Schools
  • Have a 3.0 or better cumulative grade point average
  • Have completed an Outdoor Recreation Safety course (i.e. Hunter Safety, Boater Safety)
  • Have an interest in but not limited to hunting, fishing, conservation, the shooting sports, or other outdoor related activities
  • Planning to attend a school of higher education
  • Planning to major in a Science, Conservation, Law Enforcement, or Teaching program but not limited to these specific fields

NOTE: A separate application is required by the Chelsea Rod and Gun Club.  Contact Shelly Weber (smweber@chelsea.k12.mi.us) or scholarships@chelseaeducationfoundation.org for the separate application.  Award decisions are made by the Chelsea Rod and Gun Club, not the CEF Scholarship Committee.

The Robert W. Wagner Engineering Scholarship

To be considered, applicants must:

  • Be a resident of the Chelsea School District
  • Pursue a degree in Engineering
  • Provide a current academic transcript (CEF to obtain if currently a Chelsea High School senior)
  • Describe yourself and the contributions you would like to make to society in Engineering
  • Include one letter of recommendation written within the last six months, which speaks to the applicant’s demonstrated ability or interest in Engineering.

Note: Students may apply for a Wagner Engineering Scholarship up to four times, provided a new application is completed by the deadline each year.

The Judith Lynn Wagner Owens Teacher Scholarship

To be considered, applicants must:

  • Be a resident of the Chelsea School District
  • Pursue a degree in Education
  • Provide a current academic transcript (CEF to obtain if currently a Chelsea High School senior)
  • Describe yourself and the contributions you would like to make to society in Education
  • Include one letter of recommendation written in the last six months, which speaks to the applicant’s demonstrated ability or interest in Education

Note: Students may apply for an Owens Teachers Scholarship up to four times, provided a new application is completed by the deadline each year.

The Mary Merkel Memorial Nursing Scholarship

To be considered, applicants must:

  • Reside in the Chelsea School District
  • Pursue an Associates, Bachelors, or Masters Degree in a Health related field.*  Students who are pursuing a degree in nursing will be given preference.
  • Provide a current academic transcript (CEF to obtain if currently a Chelsea High School senior)
  • Describe yourself and the future contributions you would like to make to society after attaining your educational goals in a Health related field
  • Include one letter of recommendation written in the last six months; this letter should be a character reference (coach, mentor, clergy, rabbi, employer, teacher, etc.)

*May be a health care provider seeking continuing education or certification

The Doris Schumacher/A. Henry Schumacher Memorial Scholarship

To be considered, applicants must:

  • Have graduated from Chelsea School District and be currently enrolled at an accredited college or university
  • Have completed at least one year of schooling at an accredited college or university
  • Provide current academic transcript
  • Describe yourself and the future contributions you would like to make to society after attaining your educational goals in your field of study
  • Include one letter of recommendation written within the last six months; this letter should be a character reference (coach, mentor, employer, clergy, teacher, etc.)

Note: Preference will be given to those students who may not be able to complete college without financial assistance.

C.E.F. Scholarship for Non-Traditional or Returning Students

To be considered, applicants must:

  • Not be a current graduating senior
  • Reside in Chelsea School District
  • Pursue a degree or skilled training at the post-high school level after an interruption of at least one year or more
  • Provide a list of volunteer and employment activities
  • Provide a statement of your goals regarding continuing education and employment, including what you have been doing since high school and why you are resuming your education
  • Include one letter of recommendation written in the last six months, this letter should be a character reference (coach, mentor, employer, clergy, teacher, etc.)

Note: Funds from this scholarship can be used for continuing education seminars, but are not to be used for travel expenses or lodging.

The Joel Gentz Memorial Leadership and Service Scholarship

To be considered, applicants must:

  • Be a Senior at Chelsea High School, or, have graduated from Chelsea School District and be currently enrolled at an accredited college or university (current college students will be considered first, but Seniors are encouraged to apply)
  • Provide a current academic transcript (a high grade point average is not required)
  • Write a brief description of your leadership qualities  and how they were used to complete a service project in the past year
  • Include one letter of recommendation written within the last six months; this letter should be a character reference  (coach, mentor, employer, clergy, teacher, etc.) who speaks to the applicant’s leadership qualities and noting how the service project positively impacted others

Female in Finance Scholarship

To be considered, an applicant must:

  • Be a current Chelsea High School graduate in the current academic year or a Chelsea  High School graduate who is currently enrolled at an accredited college or university
  • Be a person who self-identifies as female and intends to pursue a Bachelors or Masters Degree in a financial field
  • Provide a current academic transcript
  • Describe herself and the future contributions she would like to make to society after attaining her educational goals in a finance related field
  • Include one letter of recommendation written in the last six months; this letter should be a character reference (from a coach, mentor, clergy, rabbi, employer, teacher, etc.)