UCS Foundation provides $33,000 in scholarships to support district’s College Culture
UCS Foundation provides $33,000 in scholarships to support district’s College Culture
Posted on 01/19/2017
Group of dignitaries with oversized check reading $33,000

The Utica Community Schools focus to ensure students pursue successful post-secondary experiences has received a $33,000 scholarship boost, courtesy of the UCS Foundation for Educational Excellence.

The nonprofit foundation on January 9 presented the scholarship donation to the UCS Board of Education for the annual Superintendent's Scholarship Fund. The scholarship money is the result of the UCS Foundation's Evening of Excellence fundraiser, held each spring.

The Evening of Excellence is a continuation of the foundation’s Arts & Idols Scholarship Gala, which was initiated in 2009.

“Our school district greatly appreciates the commitment and dedication of the volunteer members of the foundation,” superintendent Dr. Christine Johns said. “Their work is opening doors and making a lifetime of difference for UCS graduates.”

The Superintendent's Scholarship is open to all UCS seniors. Last year's program helped offset costs for 27 graduates to pursue post-secondary experiences through schools such as University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Macomb Community College, Stanford University and George Washington University.

Applications for 2017 graduates are currently available at http://uticak12.org/SuperintendentScholarship.

“All of us on the foundation are dedicated to supporting the outstanding students and faculty of this great school district,” said foundation president Robert Van Camp. “The Evening of Excellence is our primary event to raise funds to achieve that goal.”

More scholarships will be funded through the foundation's next annual Evening of Excellence, set for March 9 at the Palazzo Grande Banquet Center on Van Dyke, south of 25 Mile Road.

The all-inclusive event features a full dinner, silent auction of art work created by talented student artists from the Utica Community Schools Annual K-12 Arts Festival and performances by high school vocal programs.

The Evening of Excellence also supports UCS Fine Arts activities such as the elementary Honors Choir, student attendance at the Detroit Area Film Theatre and an educational experience with Detroit Institute of Arts and College for Creative Studies.

The Utica Community Schools Foundation for Educational Excellence was created in 1986 to help support meaningful educational experiences for UCS students.

The UCS Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) organization comprised of community volunteers.

For more information visit http://www.ucsfoundation.org