May 15, 2013

Excellence in Education facts

This year scholarships will be awarded to 270 recipients.


Since 1987, the foundation has awarded more than $2.8 million to students.


The foundation currently administers about 150 scholarships.


People can begin applying for 2013-2014 scholarships on Nov. 1, 2013.


“The purpose of the annual Excellence in Education event is to recognize, award and inspire students who have earned scholarships from the Saginaw Community Foundation. We also honor the donors who have established scholarship funds at the foundation.” – LeeAnn Martuch, program officer


“People traditionally think scholarships are just for high school seniors. But the Saginaw Community Foundation offers scholarships for all sorts of people – from displaced workers to the single mother just returning to school to a student working full-time and attending college part-time.” – LeeAnn Martuch, program officer


“The foundation currently administers about 150 scholarships, helping to fulfill the wishes of donors who want to provide financial support to promising students in the Great Lakes Bay Region and throughout Michigan.” – Reneé Johnston, president and CEO


“Education is vital to the growth and future of every community. Scholarships can help people in our region obtain a degree, certificate or other training that will help further their aspirations and goals.” – Reneé Johnston, president and CEO


Keynote speaker
After attending Arthur Hill High School and Saginaw Arts & Sciences Academy, David McMillon completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) in mathematical sciences with minors in physics and complex systems in 2012. He is now pursuing a dual master’s degree in Applied Mathematics and Industrial and Operations Engineering. He hopes to continue graduate studies in MIT Sloan’s Operations Research program, and pursue a career in public sector operations research and management consulting.


His current research focuses on the cradle-to-prison pipeline faced by people of low socioeconomic status in urban areas, proposing a novel dynamical systems model to advise policy makers on optimal intervention design. His parents, grandparents and faith continue to play a central role in his desire to use his skill set to help those in need. David wishes to thank the people of his hometown and the Saginaw Community Foundation for supporting him throughout his personal development.