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Student Scholarships


Spring 2013 Grants Awarded


The Forest Hills Public Schools Foundation, in conjunction with each high school, awards scholarships to students based on educational or extracurricular achievements. If you would like to set up a scholarship, we invite you to contact the Foundation office.

Following are the scholarships that the Foundation administers. Please contact the appropriate school counselor's office to obtain an application and/or discuss the criteria for application and award.


Scholarships by School


Forest Hills Central


Scott Chrisler Memorial Soccer Scholarship: award to a graduating senior, and a soccer player. This individual must have demonstrated leadership qualities, good sportsmanship, have worked to the fullest extent of his academic ability, and displayed a high level of moral integrity, improvement in soccer, and dedication to the sport and team. ($500)

Diane Wisniewski Memorial Scholarship: applicants must exemplify integrity, dedication and commitment to others. A minimum GPA of 3.3 at the end of the 7th semester, and the intent to pursue a career in education are required. The recipient must also be involved in extracurricular activities, community service or athletics. ($500)

Peter Dion Scholarship: awarded to a graduating senior who is an alumnus of Pine Ridge Elementary School. The recipient must intend to pursue a career in education at the college or university of their choice, and have demonstrated leadership, community and school service, and academic excellence. ($500)

Bob Tomko Scholarship: to a Forest Hills Central wrestler who is a senior, who preferably has wrestled for four years and possesses the following qualities: possessing a strong work ethic, being a dependable and valued team player, courage in the face of adversity, and devotion to family, friends and community. ($500)



Forest Hills Eastern


Diane Wisniewski Memorial Scholarship: applicants must exemplify integrity, dedication and commitment to others. A minimum GPA of 3.3 at the end of the 7th semester, and the intent to pursue a career in education are required. The recipient must also be involved in extracurricular activities, community service or athletics. ($500)



Forest Hills Northern


Diane Wisniewski Memorial Scholarship: applicants must exemplify integrity, dedication and commitment to others. A minimum GPA of 3.3 at the end of the 7th semester, and the intent to pursue a career in education are required. The recipient must also be involved in extracurricular activities, community service or athletics. ($500)

Charles Anderson Memorial Scholarship: awarded to a community spirited citizen, who demonstrates commitment to volunteerism both in and out of school. This individual must possess the ability to create feelings of goodwill between both students and faculty. While academics are an important element of this scholarship, equally important are the qualities of character, integrity, and a warm sense of humor. ($4,000)

Chris Wietke Memorial Scholarship: awarded to a graduating senior with demonstrated financial need. A preference shall be given to students entering the field of education. The student shall have participated in extracurricular activities in athletics or academics. The scholarship shall be utilized by the recipient for tuition or book fees for the recipient's college or university. ($1,000)

Lisa Verbrugge Memorial Scholarship: awarded to a graduating senior who participated in one or more extracurricular activities during each year of high school, (not necessarily athletics). The recipients also must have exhibited a high level of moral integrity, supported the administration, staff, and student body of Forest Hills Northern High School and have taken an active role in church and/or community life. ($2,500)

Ernie Popiel Memorial Scholarship (2): awarded to students who participated in Forest Hills Northern athletics. The individuals must have demonstrated academic excellence with a GPA of 3.5 or higher, maintained outstanding leadership qualities on and off the playing field and been positive social influences in their school and community. ($1,000)



The Island School Scholarship


The Island School Scholarship for FHPS Staff: The Island School offers a transformative educational semester and summer journey. High School students from around the world join their international community of teachers and learners seeking to transcend traditional educational models. With the campus and surrounding ocean as their laboratories, they partner with a world class science research facility.

Every August, the Island School turns their campus into a learning laboratory for teachers interested in probing best practices in Project Based Learning. Their annual Teacher Conference provides a unique opportunity for educators to challenge themselves to become students engaged in sustainable community living and open-learning. They welcome participants who are 6-12 grade teachers, administrators and guidance counselors from across the Bahamas, USA, and beyond. This program is one week in length; flight from Grand Rapids to Eleuthera Bahamas, registration and housing are included.

For more information on the Island School, visit www.islandschool.org

Thanks to the generosity of Ellinger-Gell family, a scholarship is available to send a Forest Hills Public Schools staff member to the Island School Teacher Conference. If you are interested in being considered for this scholarship, please complete the form below. We are now accepting names for the 2015 Summer Teacher Conference. To be considered, please submit your name prior to November 1, 2014. For additional information, please contact Jana Siminski at 493-8954 or jsiminski@fhps.net. If selected, you will be notified prior to Dec 20th, 2014.

2013 – Scott Moorehead
2014 – Beth Dondit and BJ Macartney($500)




Please provide a brief explanation of why you want to attend The Island School Teacher Conference.

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