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 attracting and holding permanent endowed funds from a wide range of donors, addressing needs through grant making and providing leadership on key community issues.

Jim Hartman Study Abroad Scholarship Fund

The Jim Hartman Study Abroad Scholarship Fund was created to honor the memory of Jim Hartman, who died tragically in a plane crash in June 2006. Jim’s sister, Marge Kik, started the fund in hopes that it would help area students experience people and places around the globe, and because one of Jim’s passions was traveling. He enjoyed visiting the world.

Jim lived his life to the fullest as a husband, brother, son, uncle and friend. He enjoyed making music, writing, photography, adventure and flying. He made a living as a real-estate developer, an accountant by trade and an entrepreneur. Jim would do anything for anyone in need and was known for his honesty and integrity.

Marge hopes this fund will assist deserving young people in fulfilling their wanderlust while furthering their educational careers.

Scholarship Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicant shall be a high school or college student, or accepted into a graduate program.

  • Applicant must be participating in a study abroad educational experience through a high school or collegiate recognized/certified study abroad program.

  • Applicant shall demonstrate academic ability with a minimum 3.0 GPA.


In selecting qualified applicants to receive scholarships, reviewers will give preference to the following:

1.  The applicant’s financial need (as expressed in the application).
2.  Applicants who graduated from an Isabella County high school will receive first preference; then consideration will be given to other central-Michigan residents.  
3.  Teacher recommendation(s).  
4.  Interest in art, music, writing, or photography (as expressed in the application).

2019 Scholarship Award: $2,000

Application Deadline: March 8, 2019