Norway Area

Community Foundation

MISSION

The Norway Area Community Foundation (NACF) is a nonprofit organization and affiliate of the Dickinson Area Community Foundation (DACF) in Iron Mountain, Michigan.

The NACF encourages philanthropy at all levels, provides donor services and responds to the every changing needs and opportunities in the community.

The NACF supports Arts and Culture, Education, Environment, Health and Human Services, and Youth Programs.

Donors may establish new funds or donate to existing funds. Donors receive the simplicity and tax advantages of a public charity combined with the personal recognition, involvement and flexibility of a private foundation. To establish a fund reach out to our Executive Director, Tamara Juul at the Dickinson Area Community Foundation (DACF).

MEET THE TEAM

Grant Carlson

President

Duane Manier

Secretary/Treasurer

TRUSTEES

Jacob Lynch

Rico Meneghini

Patricia Peterson

Janet Spring

Allyn Thornberry

Tami Slagle

Youth Advisory Council (YAC) Advisor

GRANTS & MINI GRANTS

Mini Grants

Our Mini Grant Program is available throughout the year for up to $250. The form is located above. Mini grants are available to 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations, agencies, or organizations that are affiliated with non-taxable organizations i.e. schools, churches, city governments located or servicing people in Dickinson County and surrounding Michigan and Wisconsin areas.

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Submit your application by email or by US Mail to:

Dickinson Area Community Foundation (DACF)

220A E Hughitt Street

Iron Mountain, Michigan 49801

The NACF has two endowed community funds and 11 scholarship funds. The earned income from the community funds go towards grants to area non-profit agencies and organizations within the Norway area community and scholarships are available to Norway High School graduates.

NORWAY ENDOWMENT FUNDS

Norway Affiliate Fund

The income from this fund is granted back into the Community of Norway, Michigan by the Affiliate Board members.

Norway Youth

The Norway Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) made up of Norway High School youth grant the income from this fund.

OUR SCHOLARSHIPS

Scholarship funds are established by donors. Donors identify the criteria for selection. The scholarships listed below are for the Norway Area Community Foundation. Please check our parent foundation, the Dickinson Area Community Foundation (DACF) for additional scholarships that they offer. Click here for DACF scholarships. Applications and criteria for the scholarships below will open in a new window.

Alan & Jennifer Disabled Combat Veterans Remembrance Medical

Criteria:

One (1) or more Scholarship recipient(s) will be chosen annually from Norway High School. The recipient(s) shall receive a two-year Scholarship Award in an amount to be determined annually (based upon earned income of the fund).

Eligibility:

1. Applicants must have been accepted at an accredited Michigan post-secondary institution and intend to pursue a two-year degree in a related medical field.

2. Applicants must have a 2.5 G.P.A. in high school and demonstrated ability to do college-level coursework.

3. Applicants must submit a reference letter from a teacher who has known the applicant for a minimum of one (1) year. The reference letter must address the teacher’s personal perception of the student’s capabilities and skills to succeed in their chosen field of study. In addition, the reference letter should address the teacher’s perception of the student’s overall character.

4. Applicants must submit a brief statement/essay (200-250 words) stating why you chose the medical field you are going into and what are your long term goals in this field.

5. Financial need of the applicant shall be a major factor in the selection of students for the Scholarship, but not the sole factor, as outstanding academic achievement and strength of character shall also be considered major factors in student selection.

6. Scholarship will be a four-year award with recipients maintaining a 2.5 GPA, a full-time student (12 credits), and continuing in some type of medical field. Student must provide an official transcript from the school they are attending.

7. A transcript of the student’s high school records must be supplied.

8. All applicants must adhere to Guidance Counselor deadlines. Failure to turn in your application by the due date will result in being ineligible to apply for this scholarship.

9. Guidance Counselors: all completed applications must be returned to Dickinson Area Community Foundation by March 15.

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Anderson Memorial-General

Criteria:

Beginning in June of 1997, two scholarships will be awarded to Norway High School graduating seniors who meet the criteria described below. Funds for this scholarship were provided through a monetary donation of $40,000.00 from the Anderson Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. The interest earned annually on the principal shall be divided equally into two scholarships.

One scholarship will be issued to a student enrolling in a two- or four-year post-secondary program in the medical field. Should there not be an eligible recipient; a general scholarship will be awarded (see second scholarship below).

The second scholarship will be given to a student enrolled in a two- or four-year post-secondary program in a field of his/her choosing.

1. The annual scholarships are for one year and may not be renewed.

2. The recipients must have demonstrated the potential for success during high school and have committed to an advanced program of study.

3. Applications must be on file in the guidance office by March 15th. Failure to turn in your application by the due date will result in being ineligible to apply for this scholarship.

4. The selection committee will consist of the following:

a. Superintendent of Schools

b. High School Principal

c. High School Guidance Counselor

d. High School Faculty Representative

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Anderson Memorial-Hospital Auxiliary

Criteria:

Beginning in June of 1997, two scholarships will be awarded to Norway High School graduating seniors who meet the criteria described below. Funds for this scholarship were provided through a monetary donation of $40,000.00 from the Anderson Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. The interest earned annually on the principal shall be divided equally into two scholarships.

One scholarship will be issued to a student enrolling in a two- or four-year post-secondary program in the medical field. Should there not be an eligible recipient; a general scholarship will be awarded (see second scholarship below).

The second scholarship will be given to a student enrolled in a two- or four-year post-secondary program in a field of his/her choosing.

1. The annual scholarships are for one year and may not be renewed.

2. The recipients must have demonstrated the potential for success during high school and have committed to an advanced program of study.

3. Applications must be on file in the guidance office by March 15th. Failure to turn in your application by the due date will result in being ineligible to apply for this scholarship.

4. The selection committee will consist of the following:

a. Superintendent of Schools

b. High School Principal

c. High School Guidance Counselor

d. High School Faculty Representative

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Cameron Family

Criteria:

One (1) or more Scholarship recipient(s) will be chosen annually from Norway High School. The recipient(s) shall receive a one-time Scholarship award of $1,000.00.

Eligibility:

  1. The recipient(s) must be pursuing a career in a health care field particularly in premed, nursing (LPN, RN, Nurse Practitioner), or Physician’s Assistant. Other medical fields will be taken into consideration if there are no applicants from any of the above.

  2. The person(s) chosen must have a sincere desire to attend a college or university and have demonstrated the capability to do college-level coursework.

  3. The recipient(s) must be a graduating Norway High School Senior(s).

  4. The recipient(s) must be entering a degree granting program at a two-year or four-year post-secondary institution of higher learning.

  5. The recipient(s) must have achieved at least a 3.0 GPA.

  6. A transcript of the student’s high school records must be supplied.

  7. All applicants must adhere to Guidance Counselor deadlines. Failure to turn in your application by the due date will result in being ineligible to apply for this scholarship.

  8. Guidance Counselors, all completed applications must be returned to Dickinson Area Community Foundation by March 15.

  9. The applicant must write a paragraph stating how their field of study applies to the health care profession.

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Carrie Elaine DeRidder

Criteria:

Established in memory of a student of Norway High School: Carrie DeRidder. One scholarship will be awarded to a student attending Norway High School. The recipient of this scholarship must meet the following criteria. Funding for this scholarship is from family and friends of Carrie Elaine DeRidder.

Eligibility:

1. Graduating senior of Norway High School.

2. Scholastic record is NOT a major factor.

3. Demonstrate respect for others, dedication, and participation in school activities – write a 200-word essay describing how you have demonstrated this.

4. All applicants must adhere to Guidance Counselor deadlines. Failure to turn in your application by the due date will result in being ineligible to apply for this scholarship.

5. Guidance Counselors, all completed applications must be returned to Dickinson Area Community Foundation by March 15.

6. The selection committee will consist of the following:

a. Elementary Principal

b. High School Principal

c. High School Guidance Counselor

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Clara Dierickx

Criteria:

This scholarship will be awarded annually, beginning with the Norway-Vulcan graduating class of 1999. All applicants must complete the scholarship application form by the announced deadline and the recipient will be selected by the local scholarship committee.

Eligibility:

1. The scholarship is a one-time award and is not renewable.

2. The annual scholarship award will be based on the amount of the annual interest earned on the invested principal.

3. The recipient must be a current graduate of Norway High School who intends to attend an institution of higher learning to pursue an elementary teaching degree.

4. Financial need is not to be a factor in the selection of the recipient.

5. The selection is to be based on character, personality, scholarship, and an interest in elementary teaching.

6. An essay of 200-250 words in your own handwriting must be turned in demonstrating your distinctive individual qualities and how it will help you become an effective elementary teacher.

7. All applicants must adhere to Guidance Counselor deadlines. Failure to turn in your application by the due date will result in being ineligible to apply for this scholarship.

8. Guidance Counselors, all completed applications must be returned to Dickinson Area Community Foundation by March 15.

9. The scholarship committee will be compromised of the following:

a. Superintendent of Schools

b. High School Principal

c. Elementary Principal

d. High School Guidance Counselor

This scholarship is named in honor of Clara Dierickx, who served the Norway-Vulcan Area Schools for forty-one years as a teacher and principal at the elementary level.

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Elizabeth M Tomasoski Memorial

Criteria:

Beginning in 1996, this scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior who has completed the scholarship application form and has been selected by the local scholarship candidate committee.


The scholarship is in the memory of Elizabeth M. Tomasoski, a twenty-five-year food service employee of the Norway-Vulcan Area Schools whose work ethic and caring attitude were a benefit to those she served.

  1. The scholarship is a yearly one-time award and may not be renewed .

  2. The annual scholarship award will be $500.

  3. The recipient must be a graduating Norway High School senior who is committed to an advanced program of study in an area of his/her choice.

  4. The award winner shall exhibit knowledge with character, hard work with dedication, friendship with kindness, and pleasure with conscience.

  5. Applications must be on file in the counselor’s office by March15th. Failure to turn in your application by the due date will result in being ineligible to apply for this scholarship.

  6. Submit an essay (200-250 words) why you qualify for this award and the effect of receiving this scholarship would have on your future plans.

  7. The scholarship committee shall consist of the following:

a. Superintendent of Schools
b. High School Principal
c. High School Guidance Counselor

d. High School Faculty Representative

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Henry Vielmetti Memorial

Criteria:

Beginning in June of 1995, this scholarship shall be awarded to a Norway High School senior who will attend a post-secondary vocational or technical program. Funds for this scholarship were provided by a donation from Alfio Vielmetti in memory of his father, Henry.

Eligibility:

  1. The annual scholarship award shall not exceed the annual interest payment from the principal.

  2. The scholarship is a yearly one-time award and may not be renewed.

  3. The recipient must be committed to a program in an area of vocational/ technical education.

  4. The recipient must have demonstrated a potential for success by his/her work habits, responsibility, and character.

  5. Financial need WILL be considered in the selection process.

  6. Applications must be on file in the counselor’s office by March15th. Failure to turn in your application by the due date will result in being ineligible to apply for this scholarship.

  7. The selection committee will consist of the following:

a. High School Guidance Counselor
b. High School Vocational/Technical Instructors.

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Joseph J & Amelia B Nora Memorial

Criteria:

This scholarship will be awarded annually to a graduating senior who will be attending either Michigan State University or the University of Michigan, and who has completed the scholarship application form. The recipient will be selected by the local scholarship candidate committee. Scholarships will be awarded for study at either university in alternating years, if possible, or on a 50/50 basis over time.

  1. The scholarship is for one year only. The annual scholarship award will be determined by what is available for the year.

  2. The recipient must be committed to a four-year degree program in the area of study of his/her choice at either Michigan State University or University of Michigan.

  3. The recipient must have demonstrated a potential for success in college by his/her academic record, work habits, responsibility, and character.

  4. The recipient shall exhibit leadership qualities, participate in school activities, and concern for others.

  5. Submit an essay (150-250 words) on how your work habits, responsibility, and character will help you obtain your goals in the field you have chosen to go into.

  6. If candidates have comparable qualifications, financial need shall determine the selection.

  7. Applications must be on file in the counselor’s office by March15th. Failure to turn in your application by the due date will result in being ineligible to apply for this scholarship.

  8. The scholarship committee shall consist of:

a. Superintendent of Schools
b. High School Principal
c. High School Guidance Counselor
d. High School Faculty Representative

This scholarship is in memory of Joseph J. and Amelia B. Nora, lifelong residents of Norway and leaders in community and personal service.

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Maurina Family

Criteria:

This scholarship will be awarded annually, beginning with the Norway-Vulcan graduating class of 1999. All applicants must complete the scholarship application form by the announced deadline and the recipient will be selected by the local scholarship committee.

  1. The scholarship is named for the Maurina Family, who believed strongly in affording Norway-Vulcan students the opportunity to pursue their educational career goals.

  2. The annual scholarship award will be based on the amount of annual interest earned on the invested principal. The scholarship is a yearly one-time award and cannot be renewed.

  3. Applications must be on file in the counselor’s office by March15th. Failure to turn in your application by the due date will result in being ineligible to apply for this scholarship.

  4. The recipient must be a current graduate who plans to attend an institution of higher learning to pursue a degree in either the field of pharmacy or elementary education.

  5. Financial need WILL be a factor in the selection process.

  6. Scholarship requirements will include character, dedication, personality, and a genuine interest in pursuing a post-secondary degree in either pharmacy or elementary education.

  7. An essay (200-250 words) on why you chose the field you are going into and how your character and personality will be a benefit to this area of study and including your financial needs to obtain your goals.

  8. The scholarship committee will consist of the following:

a. Superintendent of Schools

b. High School Principal

c. Elementary Principal

d. High School Guidance Counselor

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Walter Bal

Criteria:

One (1) or more Scholarship recipient(s) will be chosen annually from Norway High School. The recipient(s) shall receive either a one-time or a renewable Scholarship Award in an amount to be determined annually (based upon earned income of the fund).

Eligibility:

  1. The scholarship is available to graduating seniors of Norway High School, who have attended Norway High School for four (4) years. In the event that the city of Norway School District consolidates or is incorporated into another school system, the applicant must be a resident of Norway/Vulcan for four (4) years preceding graduation from the new school.

  2. All the following may be taken into consideration in choosing the recipient of this scholarship award: Cumulative High School GPA, High School course of study, extra-curricular activities, community involvement, character, SAT/ACT scores, MME scores.

  3. Applicants must be entering a degree granting program at a two, four or more-year college/university in pursuit of education leading to a professional career.

  4. Family educational history and financial need may be a consideration in choosing the recipient of this scholarship award.

  5. Applicants must write and include a one-page, double-spaced essay with their application stating the following:

    • Why you feel you are a good candidate for this scholarship?

    • What are your goals/aspirations and how you feel this scholarship could help you achieve them?

    • Did your parents attend/graduate from college/trade school?

  6. All applicants must adhere to Guidance Counselor deadlines. Failure to turn in your application by the due date will result in being ineligible to apply for this scholarship. Guidance Counselors: all completed applications must be returned to Dickinson Area Community Foundation by March 15.

  7. A transcript of the student’s high school records must be supplied.

  8. In the event the Scholarship Selection Committee does not feel applicants for a particular year warrant the Scholarship, then no award shall be given out and eligible funds shall remain in the Scholarship Fund account.

NOTE: Whether the scholarship is a one-time or renewable award, the payment of the amount awarded shall be made in one annual installment paid in August. For renewable awards, the same policy shall apply; however, the student(s) will be required to submit their year-end official transcript each year also in order to renew the scholarship for another year. In accordance with Foundation policy, the transcripts are due into the Foundation office no later than June 30th each year. A copy of the Foundation’s renewal policy is sent with each scholarship check.

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