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There are many scholarships available through the Community Foundation, thanks to generous donors who care about the future of your county and its young people.




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Recipients Announced at School Award Nights



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Scholarship Opportunities


Butcher Academic Scholarship ($1000)

Awarded in memory of Jesse G. and Violette S. Butcher to a student showing outstanding academic achievement and planning to pursue a bachelor’s degree.  One year only. Open to GHS graduating students


Edward and Frances Burzynski Scholarship ($500)

Awarded to a student planning on continuing their education at an accredited institution to study agriculture, veterinary science, forestry or a related field.  Open to any Otsego County graduating senior.


Kyle Casey Memorial Scholarship ($1000)

Awarded in memory of Kyle Casey , a former Gaylord High School student athlete, to a defensive or offensive lineman with plans to attend an accredited college or trade school. Open to GHS graduating students.


Katie Krug Youth Volunteerism Scholarship ($1000)

Awarded to a student who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment of time and effort to volunteerism in our community and is pursuing higher education at a college, university or technical school.  Open to any Otsego County graduating students.


Kathryn M. Tripp Scholarship ($1000)

Awarded in memory of Kathryn M. Tripp, who taught 6th grade in the Gaylord Community School system for 30 years, to a graduating senior planning to earn a degree in Education and enter the teaching profession. Preference will be given to applicants who have displayed leadership, extra-curricular involvement and a commitment to academics. Additional consideration will be given to those who have overcome hardship or adversity and/or demonstrate financial need. Open to Gaylord High School graduating students.

Donald H. & Helen S. Crandall Scholarship ($500)

Awarded to graduating high school senior in Otsego County, who has overcome adversity. Preference given to students pursuing careers in education.


Captain John Nicholson Scholarship ($1000)

Awarded to a student from a small community with big dreams. Open to all at Johannesburg-Lewiston schools.  


Class of 2007 Scholarship ($1000)

Awarded to a GHS senior that embodies the characteristics that are important to the Class of 2007: school spirit, hard work, and inclusivity.  


Freel Family Scholarship ($1500)

Awarded to an outstanding student planning to pursue higher education at an accredited institution. This scholarship is needs-based and renewable with reapplication. Open to Gaylord High School graduating students.

Louis and Rose Marie Tebbe Scholarship ($1000)

Awarded to a hard working student.  Preference given to students of military families or those pursuing a medical career. Open to all Otsego County students.

Harold and Norma Elgas Reach Scholarship ($500)

Awarded to a student who demonstrates financial need. Open to all Otsego County Students.

Treetops Scholarship Fund ($2500)

Awarded to Otsego County residents that are pursuing higher education at either vocational or academic institutes. Preference given to students who have or are overcoming some kind of adversity, students that are interested in the hospitality field and those that have relatives that are or have been employees of Treetops Resort.


Athel Eugene & Helen Williams Scholarship ($1000)

Awarded to a graduating senior pursuing a 4-year nursing or medical degree. Open to any Otsego County graduating student.


Jason Mead Scholarship ($1000)

Awarded in memory of Jason Mead, a graduate of Gaylord High School, to a student who has participated in music (curricular or extra-curricular) activities and plans to attend an accredited college, university or institution of higher learning.  Open to GHS and St. Mary graduating students.


Irene Angus Scholarship ($1000)

This scholarship was established in 2010 in memory of Irene Angus and is award to an outstanding Otsego County junior or senior college student pursuing a BS degree in the science field of study at an accredited institution.


Don Skop Memorial Scholarship ($500)

Awarded to Otsego County high school graduates who have a 2.0 GPA or better and will be attending an accredited institution to continue education in a vocational field or skilled trade. Open to any Otsego County graduating students.

Start an Application

This is an electronic process.  To prepare please collect two letters of recommendation.  In addition you will have to upload transcripts and SAT or ACT scores.  If your test scores are part of your transcript you do not need to upload separately.

Contact us with questions


(989) 731-0597


  • Enter your information to pre-qualify for a scholarship through the Otsego Community Foundation.
  • Once you complete the pre-qualifying questions, you will select which scholarships you want to apply for, by clicking the box next to each scholarship name and continue to the application.
  • Complete the application
  • In addition to filling out the application you will be asked to upload two letters of recommendation, transcripts and test scores (often included on transcript).
  • Your application will not be considered complete until all the requirements are uploaded.
  • If you are already a registered Scholarship Applicant with the Otsego Community Foundation, please log in for more detailed data, including your application history, applications in progress, and status.
  • If you are an Early College Program Participant, you need to apply in your fifth year, the last year of your Early College Program.