EEW Endowment seeking support

MARQUETTE – Since 1994, the Excellence in Education Week program has awarded approximately $2.21 million in academic scholarships and professional development awards to area students and educators.

The 47 students who will be receiving $1,500 academic scholarships at the 24th annual EEW program today weren’t even born when the program was created.

That’s why the Alger Regional Community Foundation, the Community Foundation of Marquette County, and the Great Lakes Center for Youth Development have combined efforts to make sure that today’s children will have the same opportunities when they are high school seniors.

In previous years, funding for EEW scholarships and professional development awards was administered by GLCYD through its grant support from the Kellogg Foundation. In 2008, the EEW endowment began funding the awards.

With a $1 million lead gift from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in 1999, the Alger and Marquette foundations have added approximately $1.8 million to the fund since then. “However, we encourage and welcome additional gifts, especially in light of a challenging economy and the effect of market activity on endowments everywhere,” said GLCYD CEO Amy Quinn.

EEW is a weeklong celebration of students and educators in Marquette and Alger counties that recognizes academic achievement. It was established through a partnership of businesses, schools, foundations and the Great Lakes Center for Youth Development.

Every year, the top 5 percent of graduating seniors receive a scholarship to continue their post-secondary education, while 25 professional development awards of $500 each are awarded to educators to further academic training or enhance classroom activities.

This year, students and educators will be recognized at the EEW Dessert and Awards Program at Northern Michigan University’s Don H. Bottum University Center. Overall, 1,151 students and 596 educators have received scholarships or professional development awards since the program’s inception.

To make a donation, contact the Marquette Community Foundation at 226-7666 or the Alger Regional Community Foundation at 387-3900.