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Corewell Health Partnership Supports Nursing Students

Schoolcraft College and Corewell Health have teamed up to create the Corewell Health RN Scholarships Program, which provides support for aspiring nursing students. The program offers second year nursing students with scholarships and guaranteed job placement jobs at a local Corewell Health facility.

The Schoolcraft College Foundation will award 20 Corewell Health Nursing Scholarships for Fall 2023 academic year, providing up to $8,500 in financial assistance. These scholarships can be used by Schoolcraft College students for tuition, books, and other educational expenses during their second year of the RN nursing program. To qualify for job placements, recipients must pass the NCLEX examination and commit to working at a Corewell Health hospital in southeast Michigan for at least two years.

This collaboration between Schoolcraft College and Corewell Health integrates aims to support nursing students by providing financial aid and direct employment opportunities. By integrating education and practical experience, the Corewell Health RN Scholarship Program aims to cultivate a skilled and dedicated nursing workforce while meeting healthcare needs in southeast Michigan.

Asian Indian Women’s Association Establishes Endowment Fund

The Schoolcraft College Foundation is happy to be partnering with the Asian Indian Women’s Association to create a new scholarship fund to assist in supporting our students. The Asian Indian Women’s Association (AIWA) of Michigan is passionate about their 4-pillar foundation – Strength, Empowerment, Education, and Community. AIWA is proud to be the first Asian Indian organization to establish a scholarship endowment in perpetuity at Schoolcraft College Foundation (SCF).

AIWA shares the mission of SCF to provide assistance to aid students in need, guided by the belief that education is the bedrock for individual advancement and for a thriving society.   The AIWA Endowed Scholarship Fund provides Schoolcraft students scholarships to financially disadvantaged students enrolled at least part time. To apply for this and other scholarships, go to: schoolcraft.edu/scholarships

Celebrating Philanthropy

The Schoolcraft College Foundation’s Annual Donor Celebration was held in June at the Vistatech Center. Donors were recognized for joining the Henry Rowe Schoolcraft Society, reaching new levels of the Bell Tower Society, and individuals, businesses and organizations who created new endowment funds to support students and programs across campus. On behalf of the Foundation Board of Governors, thank you to the entire Schoolcraft community for your generosity!

New Support for the Veterans Resource Center

As part of the Vision 2025 Fundraising Campaign, the expansion of the Veteran’s Resource Center of Schoolcraft College, a Michigan Veterans Affairs Gold Level Veteran-Friendly School, was one of the key areas in the case for support. The Veterans & Military Services Center (VMSC), located in the center of campus, is crucial in assisting our veterans, and current military members and their families to reach their educational goals. Providing aid during the enrollment process, assisting with transcripts, and other materials, as well as helping to navigate all available VA benefits, are just a sample of what the VMSC offers students and scholarships.

The existing space is being expanded and named the Mark L. Whitfield Veterans & Military Services Center, allowing more room for our men and women who give so much to our country. Mark graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and served six years on active duty as well as a Navy Reservist and now a retired Commander.

In addition to Mark and Robin Whitfield’s support, the project has also received a the following support: $150,000 grant from Masco. Renovations started in July with a targeted opening date of November 11, Veteran’s Day. 

MASCO has provided a $150,000 grant for renovations to the space. This expansion will allow the College to expand services to Military members and families of Military members. This additional funding will enable the project to start in July 2023.  

An additional gift from Jim and Charlie Mahoney starts started The Winom James & Charlotte Mahoney Veterans & Military Services Center Emergency Needs Fund as part of expanding services. This is the first emergency needs fund for veterans, military members, and their families at Schoolcraft

If you would like to support student veterans through the new Whitfield Veterans & Military Services Center, go to: https://secure.qgiv.com/for/veteranscenter/ or use the QR Code below!

Schoolcraft’s Retirees Tour Vistatech 2.0 Construction

In May, over 40 Schoolcraft College Retirees were treated to a lovely luncheon as well as a tour of the new Vistatech 2.0 renovations/additions for Vistatech 2.0. Schoolcraft Architectural Coordinator, Jennie Urtel led groups throughout the construction site to check on the progress that has been made so far. We look forward to the grand opening of Vistatech 2.0 later this year in September 2023!

Following the tours, retirees and their guests enjoyed an academic update by Chief Academic Officer, Stacy Whiddon. Stacy gave an engaging presentation and answered any questions posed by the audience. Stuart Baker also spoke on the hard work that the Retiree Committee is doing to make events like these happen!

Want to get involved with Schoolcraft retirees?  Contact Shawn Wichar at swichar@schoolcraft.edu or 734.462.4455.

Announcing the Board of Governors Newest Members

The Schoolcraft College Foundation is happy to announce our new members to our Board of Governors:

Melanie Duquesnel
President & CEO of Better Business Bureau Serving Eastern Michigan

Jeff Hamilton, PE
President & CEO of AUCH Construction

Kim Keaton Williams
Vice President, Talent Acquisition and Development and Chief Diversity Officer at McLaren Health Care

Kelli Lewton C.E.C.
Owner & Executive Chef of Two Unique Caterers & Event Planners

Along with our newest board members, Lynn Coburn has taken the role of President for the Board of Governors.

Expressing our Thanks to Ryan Jenner

From all of us at the Schoolcraft College Foundation, we would like to take a moment to acknowledge and celebrate the remarkable contributions of Ryan to the Foundation, where he has been actively involved for an impressive 10 years, most recently serving as the Past President. During his tenure as President, Ryan’s leadership was truly transformative as it marked the beginning of the College’s first Comprehensive Campaign. Under his guidance, this ambitious initiative managed to raise an astounding sum of more than $13 million dollars, leaving a profound impact on the College and its community.

But Ryan’s dedication did not stop there. He also initiated the Foundation Board of Governors Fund, taking the lead and personally stepping up to make it a reality. His forward-thinking and commitment to the College have been truly instrumental in driving positive change and creating valuable opportunities for students.

On behalf of Schoolcraft College, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to Ryan for his unwavering dedication, passion, and hard work over the years. His efforts have not only elevated the Foundation but have also empowered countless students, making a lasting difference in their lives and education. Thank you, Ryan, for your exceptional service and commitment to the College and the students we serve.


Scholarships are Still Available for the 2023-2024 School Year

Do you know anyone who could use support for this upcoming school year? Scholarships provided by the Schoolcraft College Foundation are still available! Head to schoolcraft.edu/scholarships to learn more!

National Speakers Headline FREE Webinar Series

As an extended member of the Schoolcraft family, the SC Foundation and Alumni Office invite you to keep learning! Visit our Free Upcoming Webinars page to see all events, register and explore recordings of past events. This program is 100% free of charge to participate in. All previous webinars are available to view if you missed them! Don’t miss out on these engaging topics:

In the News

Schoolcraft College partnering with Corewell Health to provide scholarships to nursing students
CBS News – July 11th, 2023
A new partnership addresses the ongoing need for nurses by providing Schoolcraft College students with scholarships and guaranteed job placement …
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Corewell, Schoolcraft create new nursing scholarship program | Crain’s Detroit Business
Crain’s Detroit – February 20th, 2023
On Thursday, officials from Corewell and Schoolcraft College in Livonia will sign a working agreement to provide 20 scholarships in the fall …
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Detroit non-profit rebounds after theft: students step up to restock stolen books | WWMT
WWMT – July 4th, 2023
However, a group of students at Schoolcraft College in Livonia heard what happened and stepped up…
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Dr. Glenn Cerny ~ ‘JR Morning with Guy Gordon
WJR Radio – July 21st, 2023
Dr. Glenn Cerny, President of Schoolcraft College, talks with Marie Osborne and Lloyd Jackson about the Business Leaders of Michigan’s study on community colleges.
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Vision 2025: The Fundraising Initiative
Vision 2025 is a five-year fundraising initiative that supports Schoolcraft College — its programs, students, and members of the southeast Michigan community. It is designed to provide the financial support needed for innovation beyond the limitations of current funding. Vision 2025 will impact the next 25 years of the 21st century by helping the college transform workforce education, which will engage, inspire, and transform students, the community, and economy.