Sterling Heights Area Community Foundation and nine scholarship sponsoring partners will award 21 scholarships totaling $21,000 to area college bound high school seniors and current college students living in Sterling Heights, Macomb County in May 2020.
This marks the 22nd consecutive year that the Foundation has awarded scholarships to area youth pursuing degrees in higher education or vocation training.
The Foundation began awarding scholarships in 1999 and has awarded scholarships to 461 area students totaling $411,000, including the 2020 awards.
This year, the Sterling Heights Area Community Foundation is proud to announce the creation and addition of the Ronald Himmler Science Scholarship Endowment to the 25 endowment funds it manages and to its Scholarship Program and the Vibe Credit Union Scholarship.
The organizations awarding scholarships in 2020 are BAE Systems, General Dynamics Land Systems, Macomb County Chiropractic Association, former Mayor Richard J. Notte endowment for government public service, Ronald Himmler Science Scholarship, Rotary Club of Sterling Heights, the Selfridge Air National Guard Base Community Council, Sterling Heights Area Community Foundation and Vibe Credit Union.
• BAE Systems – The Company is awarding two $1,000 scholarships to Sterling Heights area students pursuing undergraduate degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Mathematics curriculums.
• General Dynamics Land Systems - The Company is awarding three $1000 scholarships to Sterling Heights area students pursuing undergraduate degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Mathematics disciplines.
• Macomb County Chiropractic Association- The Association is awarding five $1,000 scholarships to students pursuing a career in chiropractic health care.
• Mayor Richard J. Notte Scholarship for Public Service - Is awarding one $1000 scholarship to a Sterling Heights college student pursuing a college degree in government public service.
* Ronald Himmler Science Scholarship – Is awarding two $1,000 scholarships to Sterling Heights High school
students pursuing a college or vocational degree in a science related field.
• Rotary Club of Sterling Heights - Is awarding two $1,000 scholarships to Sterling Heights residents who are either high school seniors or college students.
• Selfridge ANG/Base Community - The council is awarding two $1,000 scholarships to children of military personnel attached to Selfridge Air National Guard Base attending college or vocational training.
• Sterling Heights Area Community Foundation - Is awarding three $1,000 scholarships to Sterling Heights area students pursuing college degrees or vocational training.
* Vibe Credit Union - Is awarding one $1,000 scholarship to Sterling Heights area students graduating high school and pursuing an education at a university, college, or technical school.
The Ronald Himmler Science Scholarship Endowment will fund annual scholarships to Sterling Heights public high school senior students who are pursuing a college degree in a science related field. Plans are to award a scholarship to one student in each of the three public Sterling Heights high schools.
"I want to encourage students, both male and female, to study science and engineering and pursue careers in those fields,” said Himmler. “Our progress as a society greatly depends upon scientists and engineers. I am hopeful that my scholarships will help and encourage the selected students become tomorrow’s leaders and create the new technologies and discoveries that will improve the quality of life of people everywhere”.
“The Foundation applauds the foresight of Ronald Himmler in creating an endowment that will live in perpetuity for his intended purpose of encouraging and supporting Sterling Heights high school seniors pursue a college or vocational degree in a science related field,” said Karl G. Oskoian, Executive Director, Sterling Heights Area Community Foundation. “Community leaders, like Ronald Himmler, make a difference in the lives of not only the students he helps but the community at large. We are fortunate to have individuals like Ronald Himmler come forward and make a difference.”
About the Sterling Heights Area Community Foundation
Established in 1991, the Sterling Heights Area Community Foundation is celebrating its 29th year as a certified 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization improving the quality of life of Sterling Heights area residents through cultural, educational and recreational activities. The Foundation sponsors programs and projects that reach every member of the Sterling Heights community and has contributed more than $1.3 million to organizations and activities that support its mission.
Examples of the Foundation’s contributions include: public library support, senior activity center contributions, art sculptures, DIA partnerships, city park picnic shelters, the city trolley, city park play centers, annual sponsorship of Sterlingfest, the Farmers Market, the Dodge Park run, Dodge Park concerts, Teenfest, contributions totaling more than $200,000 to dozens of organizations addressing smoking cessation programs and programs helping area seniors, 461 scholarships totaling $411,000 to area students pursuing a college education, restoration of the historic Upton House, the city center brick paver program, construction of Rotary Park, Nature Center enhancements, and hosting City Summits to discuss the future of the city with residents. The Foundation manages 26 donor advised permanent endowment funds which may receive charitable donations. Contributions may also be made to the foundation’s general endowment fund to support the Foundation mission. For more information on the Sterling Heights Area Community Foundation, please visit its website at sterlingheightscommunityfoundation.org.