Scholarship Update

November 11, 2016

Each year, the Community Foundation awards nearly $300,000 in scholarships to students from diverse backgrounds who are pursing college degrees in a variety of fields. Scholarship funds are a popular way for generous people to have a lasting positive impact on young people and the future of our region.

Jeptha Ward Schureman was one such person. In 2005, the Community Foundation received $1.7 million dollars from his estate to permanently endow a scholarship fund. In just over ten years, the Community Foundation has awarded 96 Schureman Scholarships totaling $696,000.

Mr. Schureman was born in 1921, served in World War II and had a successful legal career in Detroit. He stipulated that the scholarships in his name support fatherless students in southeast Michigan who are studying law, medicine, dentistry, nursing or related professions.

samuel-panicacciSamuel D. Panicacci is one of this year’s Schureman scholarship winners. Nineteen now, he lost his father when he was 14. Samuel continued his studies at Whitmore Lake High School, taking on leadership roles and maintaining a 3.92 grade point average. Samuel is now a sophomore at Western Michigan University. He credits his late father, a jazz musician, with fostering his love of music, which he will use to heal others through his chosen field of music therapy.

Applying for scholarships at the Community Foundation is faster and easier than ever. A single online application allows students to be considered for a wide variety of scholarships — Community Foundation staff does the matchmaking based on each applicants’ qualifications and the available opportunities. Applications for the 2017 scholarship season go live on January 1, and applications are due April 1. For more information, visit or contact Gladys Santiago at or 313.961.6675.