Pokagon Fund Announces $100,000 In Scholarships


The Pokagon Fund has announced $100,000 in scholarships to students around Harbor Country. They’re going to students transitioning out of high school and into college or vocational school next year, and also to adults who are seeking better career and work opportunities. The Pokagon Fund notes that people who get a bachelor’s degree earn on average $1 million more over their lifetimes than a high school graduate. Since its inception, the fund has donated more than $5 million in scholarships. It says in 2020, it will increase its total funding of scholarships from $100,000 to $125,000. The Pokagon Fund is a non-profit foundation supported by revenue from the Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo.

Adult recipients include:

Laima Augustaitis, Master of Science in Information, University of Michigan School of Information
Luke Linscheid, Doctorate of Nursing Practice, Michigan State University
Kristin Lugbill, Master of Arts, School Counseling, Western Michigan University
Amy Putzke, Bachelor’s Degree, Early Childhood Education from Western Governors University
Jacob Zapor, Master of Fine Arts, Maine College of Art

High school students include: ·

Kaitlyn Biela, Ferris State University
Joshua Clark, Lake Superior State University
Olivia Haberichter, Michigan State University
Alexander Schmock, Southwestern Michigan College
Lucy Johnson, Carroll University
Althea McGreehan, Grand Valley State University
Morgan Motycka, Purdue University Northwest
Julia Maldonado, Southwestern Michigan College
Miloh Padgett, Michigan Technological University or Cal. Poly Tech
Libby Price, Michigan State University ·
Alilyn Purcell, Michigan State University
Jessie Rieth, Calvin College
Madison Vollman, Lake Michigan College
Annabelle Yanz, Grand Valley State University
Joseph Turcotte, Michigan State University