Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation

For good. For ever.

Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for all citizens of Isabella County, now and for generations to come, by holding and attracting permanent endowed funds from a wide range of donors, addressing needs through grant making and providing leadership on key community issues.

James R. Hodgins Scholarship Fund

The James R. Hodgins Scholarships were established by Mary Jane Hodgins in memory of her husband James R. Hodgins, who passed away in 1997.

James R. Hodgins was a very bright man who graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School in 1933 - at the young age of 14. At age 15, he began attending CMU. He became an English and foreign language teacher, and taught Spanish, German, French and Latin. He received a Masters Degree in English from the University of Detroit and a Doctorate Degree in English from Michigan State University. He taught at various schools around the state of Michigan, and spent 43 years teaching in the English Department at Central Michigan University.

Mary Jane Hodgins taught English at Mt. Pleasant High School for several years. She passed away on November 16, 2008, but these scholarships serve as a legacy honoring both her and her husband. They valued education and believed it to be important to have the opportunity to pursue a higher education.

English Scholarship Eligibility Criteria:

  • Graduating senior from Mt. Pleasant High School, Sacred Heart Academy, Beal City High School, or Shepherd High School.
  • Have successfully completed college preparatory classes in English.

Preferences:
In selecting qualified applicants to receive scholarships, reviewers will give preference to the following which are listed in order of most important to least important:
1) Plan to pursue a teaching degree.
2) Taken additional English classes beyond the four required.
3) Taken at least three years of foreign language.
4) Grade point average in English classes (only).

Foreign Language Scholarship Eligibility Criteria:

  • Graduating senior from Mt. Pleasant High School, Sacred Heart Academy, Beal City High School, or Shepherd High School.
  • Have successfully completed at least three years of foreign language.

Preferences:
In selecting qualified applicants to receive scholarships, reviewers will give preference to the following which are listed in order of most important to least important:
1) Plan to pursue a teaching degree.
2) Taken a fourth year of foreign language.
3) Grade point average in foreign language classes (only).

2017 Scholarship Award: 8 - $1,000

Application Deadline: March 3, 2017