July 12, 2012

A.C. “Kate” & Leo Joseph Merlone Teaching Scholarship

Kate and Leo Merlone understood the value of education, both in formal academia and through any media that would expand a person’s mental horizons.

Commitments to family obligations in their youth did not allow them to continue their formal education to the extent that they had desired. Instead, throughout their lives, they chose self education through books, travel, museums, volunteer involvement in the community and always good conversations.

They passed on this message of self education to their children, even as they encouraged them to pursue a higher education. Their strong work ethic and efforts to constantly improve themselves have been a wonderful example for their children and grandchildren.

The A.C. “Kate” & Leo Joseph Merlone Scholarship is a way to continue their desire for education and for being educators to their family and to the community in which they spent their lives.


  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Attending a Michigan college or university
  • Pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in education
  • Full-time enrollment
  • Graduating high school senior or a current college student that graduated (or will graduate) from any high school in Saginaw County

Evaluation Criteria

  • Scholastic record (25)
  • Essay (25) leadership (20)
  • Recommendations (20)
  • Community involvement (10)