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How to Apply for Scholarships in Holt

All Holt Public students should visit the Holt High School counseling office and complete a scholarship application packet.  Guidance counselors will help you through the process!  The following websites might be helpful for students who are seeking scholarships:

Those websites can help guide students through the difficult process of locating and applying for scholarships.  There are some good tips there!

Past Holt Community Scholars

Scholar School Memorial
Spencer Baldwin, HHS ’18 Kalamazoo College Anderson
Elena Vazquez, HHS ’18 Jackson College Cochran
Morgan Smith, HHS ’17 Michigan State University Anderson
Grace Darling, HHS ’17 Grand Valley State University Cochran
Bailey Hall, HHS ’16 Lansing Community College Anderson
Levi Petersen, HHS ’16 Lansing Community College Cochran
Tara Lierman, HHS ’15 Grand Valley State University Anderson
Zachary VanLiew, HHS ’15 Lansing Community College Baragar
Tyler Steinhaus, HHS ’15 Central Michigan University Cochran
Abigail Mealy, HHS ’15 Central Michigan University Bossenbery
Aaron Centofanti, HHS ’15 Michigan State University Harris
James Fulghum, HHS ’14 Alma College Cochran
Mallory Weil, HHS ’14 Ball State University Anderson
Tanner Beachnau, HHS ’13 Central Michigan University Cochran
Emma Webster, HHS ’13 Saginaw Valley State University Anderson
Grant VanLiew, HHS ’12 Shawnee State University Cochran
Blake Darling, HHS ’12 Albion College Anderson
Emily Klauka, HHS ’11 Hope College Anderson
Marie Hengesbach Central Michigan University Anderson
Dannica Ramos-Washington Olivet College Cochran
Megan Root Ohio Northern University Neuhauser

Thank You to the Cochran and Anderson Families

The Holt Community is full of wonderful people, young and old, who come together through public schools, sporting events, and work activities.  The Anderson and Cochran families joined together in a philanthropic effort that began in 2011 and distributed $74,000 in scholarship over 10 years to Holt Student-Athletes.  On behalf of the entire Holt Community, thank you to the Cochran and Anderson families!

History of the Holt Community Scholarships

2011 – 2021

Giving scholarships to Holt students is one of the perks of our movement!  We offered $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors each year and promised $1,000 each following year (up to four years) as students pursued a college degree.  From 2011-2021, we offered 4 scholarships:

  • Craig Anderson Memorial Scholarship
  • Taylyr Cochran Memorial Scholarship
  • Jason Baragar Memorial Scholarship
  • Anthony Harris Memorial Scholarship

In the past, we also distributed scholarships in honor of Pamela Woll Neuhauser and Holly Bossenbery.  You can help us provide more scholarships by donating using the form below.  We also support the Holt Public Schools and would like to share with you their “Guide to Giving” (click here).

Please note that the final scholarships in memory of Taylyr Cochran, Craig Anderson, Jason Baragar, Anthony Harris, and Holly Bossenbery were awarded in 2018.

$74,000 in Holt Scholarships over 10 Years (2011 – 2021)

Holt Scholarships Given List
Holt Scholarships Given List

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About the Purpose

Each year, it seems that we get the same question posed to us by student-athletes who are applying for scholarships.  The question is: “What should be included in the Statement of Purpose of a scholarship application package?”  This is a great question and we are glad it is being asked!  One of the major reasons that foundations ask for a Statement of Purpose is to learn more about the applicants but another reason is that it will be helpful to the applicants in their futures.  For example, many colleges and universities (especially grad schools) ask for a Statement of Purpose and place a lot of value in what the applicants choose to convey through it.  Therefore, your college scholarship applications can be sort of a “practice run” for future use!

The best Statement of Purpose is going to be an honest and a clear representation of the student’s values.  The first thing the student needs to do is be upfront and straightforward about what is important to you!  Admissions officers and scholarship committees become frustrated by “cookie cutter” statements that seem too generic.  For example, if a medical school values volunteerism in its applicants, it wants to see a really strong, deep commitment to those values.  This means that the applicant didn’t just perform as a greeter in a hospital for a few months to make the application look good.  A strong commitment to those values would be represented by a long-term volunteer effort where the student experiences real life impact like patient contact hours and physician interaction.  In addition, the effort itself is not as important as the lessons learned and life-long impact that the experience has given the applicant.  Again, these things need to be clearly conveyed in the Statement of Purpose.  Don’t force the committee to try and guess how your life experiences have shaped your values.  Be very clear and explain how “experience A” has taught you to prioritize “value B.”  This is a good way to structure the statement.

Regarding the values that you write about, they need to be your values and priorities and you should not just line up your interests with that of the organization just to gain acceptance or approval.  Again, the committees can smell a phony from a mile away.  You need to think about your own values first… and, then decide how your value systems aligns with the organization.

With that preface, here is a value statement memorializing Craig Anderson, the father of a Holt Community Foundation board member, Paul Anderson…

Family, Education, Athletics, Mentoring and Community Support

As a psychology major at Michigan State University, Craig learned to analyze the world around him.  He was curious and leveraged an interest in humanity to make a positive impact in the lives of others.  Craig spent endless hours playing catch, shooting hoops, and staying actively involved with his three sons’ lives.  Craig also befriended kids in his neighborhood, many of whom lacked a positive male role model in their lives.

It was common to see Craig shooting hoops in the driveway and acting as an unofficial mentor for these kids.  He also volunteered countless hours as a coach for all of his sons’ teams growing up.  He focused on every member of his team and made each individual feel as though they were the most important part of the team.  His ability to communicate and create positive relationships with these kids went well beyond the playing field.  Many people in the Holt area are better off because Craig was a part of their life and instilled the importance of family, education, athletics, mentoring, and community support.

The scholarship committee looks for varsity letters to show evidence of education and athletic performance.  Grade point average and sports statistics are not weighed more than the effort shown toward all values including family, mentoring, and community support.  The applicant should provide solid evidence of giving back to the community and, above all, pursue a passion to make a difference!


If you want to make a positive impact on your community, it will show in your application!  This is why you need to be honest and up-front about all the ways that you value family, community, education, athletics, and similar priorities.  The scholarship committees are going to read a lot of application packages from student-athletes who exceed in a single area.  For example, many applicants have high GPA.  But, scholarship committees look at the whole picture.  What do you value?  What sets you apart?  What is your passion and purpose?  If you can clearly express the answers to those questions, you will write a wonderful Statement of Purpose.

Our scholarship winners are symbols of the great energy in the Holt Community!

Morgan Smith
Morgan Smith

Grace Darling
Grace Darling

Bailey Hall

Levi Petersen

Tara Lierman
Tara Lierman

Zach Van Liew
Zach Van Liew

Tyler Steinhaus
Tyler Steinhaus

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Abigail Mealy

Aaron Centofanti

James Fulghum
James Fulghum

Mallory Weil
Mallory Weil

Tanner Beachnau
Tanner Beachnau

Emma Webster
Emma Webster

Grant Van Liew
Grant Van Liew

Blake Darling
Blake Darling

Emily Klauka
Emily Klauka

Spencer Baldwin
Spencer Baldwin

Elena Vazquez
Elena Vazquez

The Holt Community Foundation is a sum of its parts!  We are made up of great people who are dedicated to promoting the welfare of others.  Our highly motivated group of volunteers and scholarship winners are the shining stars of our organization.  Come join us!