Adult Student Scholarships

Every year, we award over $270,000 in new and renewed scholarships to students from Oceana County. Scholarships – created by many generous donors – are awarded to support students through various paths to post-secondary education including degree programs, apprenticeships, skilled trades training, and certificate programs. By making higher education more accessible for hundreds of area students and adult learners, we create hope and opportunity for all and help strengthen the future of our community.

  • The Foundation’s board began an in-depth look at our scholarship program’s impact in 2019, including how to support adult learners. The Complete Your Degree (CYD) program, pioneered by St. Clair Community Foundation, is a way to “redefine and reimagine how scholarship assets are used to support the continuing education of young adults.” CYD is a new program to redefine the relationship between adult learners and scholarship assets. Our goal is to help local adults achieve their degrees and credentials to increase their household prosperity, while fostering a more vibrant economy and meeting the employment skill gap in Oceana County.

    In establishing a Complete Your Degree program in Oceana County, five applicants will be accepted into the initial cohort in 2022. CYD will provide competitive needs-based scholarships, which will cover the full cost of tuition at one of our local community colleges. Additional life needs support for childcare, transportation, housing and other needs are included in the program. A success coach, employed by the Foundation, will walk alongside students to provide extra support to ensure CYD students thrive. For more information, check our CYD Info Sheet. If you are interested in supporting or learning more about this initiative, contact Tammy Carey.

    You can apply for CYD’s 2022 cohort today at! In partnership with West Shore Community College and Muskegon Community College, adult students can apply to join 2022’s CYD cohort. Students can access renewable academic scholarships, emergency aid funding for barriers (like child care, food, medical care, transportation needs), and work with a Success Coach.

    You can help support Oceana’s adult learners by making an online gift to the Complete Your Degree Program Fund here. 

  • Adult student scholarships are offered on a rolling basis to Oceana County residents (or residents of an Oceana-based school district) who have been out of high school for at least one year and/or have a gap in their post-secondary education.  Adult students are often (but not always) prospective undergraduate students who are 25 years of age or older. Adult students may also have other identifying criteria, such as full-time employment, parenthood, care of elderly parents, or prior military service.

    Scholarship applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until resources are depleted.

    Scholarship Application OPEN NOW!  

    To apply, complete the application here.

    Questions?  Call Holli Schlukebir, 231.869.3377, or e-mail  Applicants should expect to hear from the Foundation within 30 days of submitting their application.

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