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.

Louise A. Plachta Non-traditional Student Scholarship Fund

Louise Plachta was a non-traditional student from the day she stepped into a classroom of fresh-faced freshmen at the University of Detroit many years ago. She had been out of high school for about ten years; it then took another ten or more years to earn her baccalaureate degree.

“Sometimes I complained that I’d be 40 or older by the time I got through school, but my best friend would remind me that I was going to be 40 or older anyway, with or without the degree,” Mrs. Plachta said.

Later, after four years of hard work, she received a Master’s of English from Central Michigan University.

“Perhaps my experiences prompted me to say ‘yes’ when, in 1992, then CMU President, Leonard Plachta, asked if I would work with non-traditional students,” she said. “It was my privilege to direct non-trads to the Financial Aid office, to academic advisors, and to other helpful resources on campus.”

Mrs. Plachta worked with single parents; with students who, for various reasons, were just beginning their college careers a year or more after being graduated from high school; and with students who had begun college studies, dropped out, and were now returning to complete requirements for a degree.

She retired in May 2000 as the non-traditional undergraduate-student liaison and advisor to the Phoenix student organization on campus. In May 2014, Mrs. Plachta created the Louise A. Plachta Non-traditional Student Scholarship Fund to support non-traditional students from Isabella County who, because of extenuating circumstances, were unable to begin higher education for at least a year after graduation from high school, or whose college/university studies were interrupted, for whatever reason, but now desire and intend to earn a college/university degree.