Through the Shiawassee Advantage, the  Cook Family Foundation offers a $3,000 scholarship to all Shiawassee area students who are admitted to University of Michigan–any one of their three campuses.  (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, Kelsee Gewirtz.)   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.  

Cook Family Foundation
Financial Aid Workshop

Tuesday, February 21, 2023
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Baker College Welcome Center

Applying for financial aid is perhaps the most important, and most complex, task many a high school senior will undertake.  To help college bound students sort through this process, the Cook Family Foundation is holding a workshop on Tuesday, February 21, from 6-8 p.m. at the Baker College Welcome Center.



Stephen Nabors, M.Ed., Assistant Director for Outreach

Pronouns: He/Him/His
University of Michigan | Office of Financial Aid
515 E. Jefferson | 2500 Student Activities Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1316
P: 734.763.6600 | F: 734.647.3081 
Email:  [email protected]    Helping U Go Blue


Stephen Nabors, from the University of Michigan Office of Financial Aid will provide important information on how to apply for financial aid, as well as some useful tips on making college more affordable. The University of Michigan provides more need-based financial aid than any other college or university in the State. For students whose families earn less than $65,000 and have assets of less than $50,000 the University promises four years of free tuition with the Go Blue Guarantee at any of its three campuses.  UM also provides financial assistance to many needy  students with higher incomes.  Michigan residents who complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and the CSS Profile are promised financial assistance to make up the difference between their demonstrated need and the cost of attendance. In addition, applicants will become eligible for many of the substantial U of M merit-based scholarships as well.  Each year many Shiawassee area students receive merit other scholarships from UM and/or significant financial aid awards that make the University of Michigan affordable.  For all students, Money Magazine ranks UM as the top public university on its list of Best Value schools because of its in-state tuition discount, generous financial aid, and economic success of its graduates.

While the workshop will provide particular insight to financial aid from the University of Michigan, the presentation will be applicable no matter what four-year university a student ends up attending. The first step for any prospective college student is to fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) the form used by all institutions of higher learning. To qualify for financial aid from UM, students and their families will also need to complete a CSS Profile

After you filed your FAFSA  you should have received a SAR (Student Aid Report), which shows your EFC (Expected Family Contribution).  It would be most helpful if you had it on hand. It will help you to learn how much need-based financial aid you will be eligible to receive. 

Students and/or their parents are invited to attend the February 21st workshop.  While it is not necessary to RSVP, please contact us if you have questions (989-725-1621 or [email protected]). 

Register HERE 

To keep up-to-date on financial aid, scholarships, and other UM information follow us on Twitter @GoBlueGoBruce


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.

2023 Workshop Schedule 


Looking for on-demand training and resources?

Check out our online learning center and
recorded workshops and accessible tools.

JUNE 6th, 10th, or 13th 2023 | 3 Hours
(choose your date)
Activating Advocacy with Renell Weathers

You will learn the tools of effective advocacy and the importance of understanding the political process, including: Foundational competencies like, Civics, Budget Process, & Power Mapping 

And achieve success regardless of which party holds power, we’ll discuss asset mapping, strategies and tactics, & disseminating Your message. Become a changemaker!

$49 for members and $99 for non-members

JUNE 6th | 1 PM – 4 PM
Adverse Childhood Experiences Trauma Training (ACEs)

Preventing ACEs can help children and adults thrive. The science and research show that children who have high ACEs, may face a life of risky health and social behaviors, chronic health conditions and even early death, without intervention.
This session will educate on ACEs and how each of us can make a difference moving forward.


JUNE 6th | 8 AM – 9 AM (virtual)
Networking Hour for Nonprofits

This is an opportunity for all levels of nonprofit staff, board, volunteers, and sectors of a nonprofit to gather together, collaborate, and share ideas.

We want to provide a space for nonprofits to learn from one another and receive peer support. 
Meet virtually – every other month.

Register for Free 

Peer Coaching 2023
Fill out the Interest Form and reserve a spot.
Sessions starting in late Summer/early Fall 2023

Peer Coaching Groups are designed to facilitate goal-setting, coaching, and action learning within a small group of peers.
Each group member decides what real-world goals or issues need addressed.
Spaces are is limited

**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.

Feel free to contact Kerry Dutcher  (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