Currently THE WILSTERMAN SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM 2023 is ongoing. They have a maximum annual award of $5,000 and are renewable for up to four years.
Students who have completed their high school education may apply for Wilsterman Scholarships in Genesee County, Michigan.
Applications may be filed at any time during the six years that follow the year of high school graduation.
Contrary to traditional scholarships, GPA is not a deciding factor.
First and foremost, the Wilsterman Foundation is looking for individuals who have outstanding potential but may have had difficulty in high school due to mitigating factors like work, family concerns, setbacks, or even “late flowering.”
The student’s character, financial necessity, and potential are all taken into consideration along with extracurricular and community service activities.
In Saginaw County, Michigan, John F “Jack” Wilsterman and Edith L. Wilsterman were born and raised.
Shortly after getting married in 1940, they discovered that they would be separated for a while as Jack defended his nation in World War II.
Working in a factory that produced military gear at home, Edith also contributed to the war effort.
After serving in the military and returning home from the war, Jack and Edith made the decision to relocate to the West side of Michigan, where Jack started working at Sears Roebuck & Company.
Jack took up the responsibilities in the projectionist’s booth, while Edith served handcrafted popcorn topped with freshly churned butter, and finally, Jack and Edith found themselves the proprietors of a theater in Cedar Springs, Michigan.
A new chance awaited after several years of success in the theater industry.
In the late 1950s, Jack was traveling for work through East Lansing when he came across a new kind of eatery that was just opened and looked to sell takeout to just onlookers.
Jack was originally opposed to the concept, but after returning to the same location days later, he was astounded by the number of people it was attracting.
This would prove to be no average eatery, but rather one of the first sites of McDonald’s, which would go on to become the country’s largest restaurant franchise.
ABOUT THE SCHOLARSHIP
Currently, scholarships from the Wilsterman Foundation are available.
They have a maximum annual award of $5,000 and are renewable for up to four years. The Advisory Board has complete discretion when deciding who deserves awards.
Please be aware that the application submission deadline will be March 15, 2023.
Please download and complete the “Main Application” PDF before submitting your application for a Wilsterman Scholarship.
In order to ensure that the form will function properly and, more importantly, that you will be able to save your work as you go, we strongly advise candidates to download Adobe Reader for free and open their generated PDF in that program.
However, the majority of internet browsers now allow you to complete the form straight from your browser and save the finished product, including Chrome Browser and Microsoft Edge.
If you choose to use this option, we advise exercising caution and thoroughly testing saving, and refreshing your file before completing the program completely.
Any problems you run into should be fixed by installing and utilizing Adobe. Please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected] if you require any assistance. We are prepared to assist.
When finished, send this form along with your high school record, college transcript (if applicable), and any recommendation letters you may have received to [email protected].
Within two to three days of completing your application, if you have not heard from us through email confirming receipt of your application, it’s possible that your email was not delivered to us.
Please try sending it again.
Please submit a letter of recommendation with your application from one or more of your instructors, counselors, administrator
non-family clergy, employers, or volunteer organization staff, briefly outlining your potential for success in a post-secondary institution of higher learning or a trade school.
A minimum of one recommendation should be included, but adding more is advised and can improve your chances of getting a grant.
If you already have reference letters that meet the requirements listed above, you do not necessarily need to use the forms provided here.
It is quite acceptable for many students to submit a written statement on the letterhead of the person who is providing the reference.
Both the Work Evaluation form and the Recommendation Letter form can be emailed to the person providing your recommendation, who can then fill it out in Adobe and send it back to you.
Alternatively, the forms can be printed out if the recommender would rather fill them out by hand; in that case, you will need to scan the completed questionnaires and attach them to the email you sent with your application.
RECOMMENDATION LETTERS AND WORK EVALUATIONS
Send your completed application materials to us via email at [email protected].
Simply include your *most recent high school transcript*, any college transcripts you may have, the Main Application, any Recommendation Letters and Work Assessments you have acquired, and your *most current school transcript*.
You must submit your application by March 15, 2023, in order for it to be considered.
Interested persons can now apply here