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Fund Spotlight — Collin Hansen Skilled Trades Scholarship Fund

In their son’s memory and honor, former State Senator Goeff and wife Tami Hansen have established a scholarship fund at the Community Foundation for Oceana County. The scholarship will support Oceana County students who are interested in entering the skilled trades.

Collin Hansen passed away in 2012 after a tough battle with stomach cancer. A graduate of Hart High School, he attended West Shore Community College and was later accepted into an apprenticeship program with the Ironworkers Union, Local #340 in Battle Creek, where he completed his journeyman’s certification. Collin worked as a welder for many years before becoming a driver for Excel Propane.

Born November 30, 1980, Colin grew up around his families’ grocery store (Hansen Foods) and agricultural business (Tubbs Orchards), where he loved to work alongside his grandfather. By 8th grade he decided he wanted pursue welding and received his first welder that Christmas.  Everyone who knew Colin remember him as a hard worker and a one-of-a-kind father & friend.  He was also a Jeep enthusiast and member of Cheapthrills and Greatlakes 4×4 off-roading organizations. Following his funeral, fellow enthusiasts participated in a Jeep procession to the Silver Lake Sand Dunes. He is survived by his wife Courtney and their son Cole.

“We want to encourage Oceana County students to pursue careers in skilled trades as there is so much demand in Michigan and the positions are well paid, offering a great future,” said Goeff. The 2-year scholarship award is available for the following:  graduating seniors of any school in the county who want to pursue a degree or certification at any college, university, or technical school in the skilled trades (GPA is not a factor).  “Skilled Trades” can be defined as careers or labor jobs which require specific training, such as a construction, welding, plumbing, electrical. Financial need is a consideration for the award; but higher priority will be given to a student with strong motivation to pursue these careers. The scholarship is open to returning students/adult learners or if joining a union apprenticeship program.

For more information on Collin’s Fund, one of the Foundation’s 150+ Funds, or to learn more about starting your own named fund, click here.

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