The Cook Family Foundation offers a scholarship to all Shiawassee area students who are admitted to University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  (Click here for full details regarding our scholarship work.) We encourage the best and brightest high school graduates from the greater Shiawassee County region to pursue an education at a premier university, including the world class University of Michigan.  If you are a Shiawassee area senior (or rising senior) and are interested in the University of Michigan (any of their campuses) please read more about our scholarship programs and look at the FAQs and testimonials.  Most importantly, fill out an application for our scholarship.  This will make it possible for us to give you the most help.  For Michigan residents, UM may be your most affordable option and is certainly a great value.  

In addition to helping students receive scholarships and the maximum amount of financial aid, the Foundation is commited to providing top students advice and help throughout their high school years on up through and beyond the application process (and through the Shiawassee Scholars program, which is expertly run by the Shiawassee Regional Education Services District’s, Renee Dotson.)   To that end we try to round up expert information and share with students and parents. See below for our upcoming scholarship-related events and how to participate.  


SAT Q & A Zoom Session  (Hosted by the Shiawassee Regional Service District) 

October 18, 7:00pm 

Do you have questions about the SAT, then come to the SRESD-hosted virtual Question and Answer Session (parents can sit in too!). Here’s the zoom link:



University of Michigan-Flint Open House
October 30

9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
12:30 – 3 p.m. STEM Open House
Registration Begins at 8:30 a.m.

If you are a Shiawassee Area senior and you’d like to participate, go to this registration link:

Please Note:  If anyone is interested in tours in Ann Arbor, you can find information here on how to set up a visit. Also note that COVID has made tours more difficult, so you might prefer to check out the virtual tours listed on this page. 



*SHIAWASSEE SCHOLARS ONLY* for Classes of 2024 & 2025 – Field Trip
November 2, 9:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m.

As a Shiawassee Scholar you have shown that you have the potential to attend a premier college or university. The Cook
Family Foundation and the SRESD want to help you engage with a Big 10 College as early in your high school career as

On this field trip you will learn what universities are looking for in their students, find out what it takes to make you
competitive for admission and scholarships, hear from current college students, and attend college classes. It will be a great
opportunity to get to know the other Shiawassee Scholars from across the county, learn about possible career options,
and begin your preparation for college.  This event is coming to you from the University of Michigan,
Ann Arbor virtually at the Comstock Inn and Conference Center. Busing will be provided.

IMPORTANT:  RSVP (YES and NO) via this Google Survey BEFORE October 25:

Arrive at your High School at normal time in the morning to get transportation to the Comstock Inn and Conference Center;
Students will return to their high schools at approximately 5:15 p.m.

Contact: Renee Dotson
[email protected]



SAT Mini Camp – 10th & 11th Grade Shiawassee Scholars
(Hosted by the Shiawassee Regional Service District)

When:   Saturday, November 13, from 8:30am-1:30pm
Where:  SRESD Building, 1025 N. Shiawassee Street, Corunna



Strategies for Success in High School/College Admittance Criteria Virtual Session
November 17, 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Shiawassee Scholars and parents are invited to attend an evening of presentations from admissions counselors:

University of Michigan-Katie Benjamin

Alma College-Hank Wickley
Kettering University-Breann Baker
Michigan State University GATE-Jessica Bilodeau

Topics to be addressed include how to:
▪ Prepare for the admissions & application process
▪ Rock the essay portion of the application
▪ Collect convincing letters of recommendation
▪ Develop a well-rounded list of activities for
▪ Summer Camp Opportunities
▪ The remainder of the time is for your questions to
the experts

Click this Zoom link to attend:



For more information on our scholarships or to apply click here: Cook Family Foundation Scholarships Overview or follow us on Twitter @GoBlueGoBruce for the latest information.




We believe that Shiawassee nonprofits should have access, locally, to experts in nonprofit management, and we bring in presenters to our community for free educational programs. If you’d like to participate and are not already a member of our Shiawassee NonProfit Capacity Building program, then please email Kerry Dutcher at: [email protected] or call 989-725-1621.

2021 Workshop Schedule 



Other NonProfit Capacity Building and Learning Opportunities

Executive Director Networking Sessions—

As a member of the Shiawassee NonProfit Capacity Building Program there are other opportunities available to your nonprofit organization. For Executive Directors there are “standing” bi-monthly meetings, meeting on the 2nd Tuesday of every other month for networking and support from 12:00-2:00PM. This Executive Directory only, networking opportunity will help you build your capabilities through peer learning and networking relationships. Come share up-to-date information about current trends and gather tools to help you be a more effective nonprofit executive director. 
Register for one or all here.

Remaining Executive Director Networking Date for 2021:  (virtual option available)
  • December 14, 2021   


Third Thursday Nonprofit  Support Call/Zoom, 9:00-10:00AM –
 (Starting in September)


These support calls will be Vision Readiness, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion meetings that will help you be responsive to current issues, the pandemic, staffing or whatever else you want to discuss

Come prepared to share what you know and as always, we will find time to breathe, laugh and cry – or what ever may be necessary. 

Registering will allow you to receive a 1-day reminder email and any important updates, informational sharing and/or schedule changes. Register here for the following dates:

  • October 21, 2021
  • November 18, 2021
  • December 16, 2021



**Please note**

If you are a member of our NonProfit Capacity Building Program and would like to see a workshop brought to our area, we would consider supporting this effort IF you collaborate with at least two other nonprofits on your chosen topic for Nonprofit Network (or another facilitator) to present, AND IF each participating organization can commit to bring at least five members of their organization (Board Members, Staff, Volunteers, etc.) to the workshop.

Interested? Here’s a listing of the types of facilitated workshops we could bring to our area (Click here). Feel free to contact Tom Cook  (989.725.1621) or the professionals at Nonprofit Network (517-796-4750) for more information on any session topic, or to determine if  collaborating to coordinate a future session would be right for you and your organization.

For more information on workshops, our other learning opportunities and to learn more about the NonProfit Capacity Building program click here: Capacity Building Participation or follow us on Twitter @ShiaNPCB