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.

Konwinski Construction Scholarship Fund 

Konwinski Construction was founded in 1977 by Jerel Konwinski, and has focused on residential and commercial construction around Isabella and Gratiot Counties. Mr. Konwinski sold the company in 2017 to longtime employees Joe Fleming, Ben Humphrey and Andy Theisen, Jr.

Konwinski Construction does their marketing primarily through word of mouth and by supporting and sponsoring community events, endeavors, and helping Isabella county graduates gain scholarships for college. As part of his business legacy, Mr. Konwinski established the Konwinski Construction Scholarship Fund at the Community Foundation in 2018 to support students who have an interest in skilled trades, including, but not limited to: architecture, carpentry, civil engineering, construction management, electrician, HVAC/refrigeration technology, interior design, masonry, or plumbing. The new fund will focus on students with financial need and minimum 2.5 GPA.

The new owners want to honor and continue Konwinski’s legacy. “We hope more students come to realize that skilled trades are a viable option for future careers and a great way to make a living here in our community,” said co-owner Joe Fleming. “Konwinski Construction wants to encourage students to pursue their passions within the trades in order to get a feel for the construction industry,” Fleming added.

Scholarship Eligibility Criteria:

  • Student shall be a high school senior or graduate of a high school located in Isabella County;

  • Student shall be planning to enroll at an accredited college, university or trade school.

  • Student shall be planning to pursue a career in construction (including, but not limited to: architecture, carpentry, civil engineering, construction management, electrician, HVAC/refrigeration technology, interior design, masonry, or plumbing).

Preferences:

  • Student has demonstrated financial need, as expressed in the applicant’s written essay.

  • Student has demonstrated academic ability with a GPA 2.5 or greater.

  • Student is a graduating high school senior.

2019 Scholarship Award: $500

Application Deadline: March 8, 2019