Bernie Smillie Memorial Scholarship – Michigan Resident

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July 12, 2012

The Bernie Smillie Memorial Scholarship was established in 2010, in memory of Freeland resident and business owner Bernie Smillie. Bernie passed away in 2000, due to complications from a lung transplant he had received in 1994. In 2005, family and friends of Bernie established the Bernie Smillie Memorial Golf Outing. Proceeds of this outing has helped to promote organ donor support and awareness and establish this scholarship fund.

Bernie was born January 9, 1938 in Saginaw, Michigan. He graduated from St. Andrews High School in 1956. In 1959 he married Sharon A. Call. The two moved to the Freeland area and raised five children. After working as a plumbing foreman for a local Saginaw business for 20 years, Bernie opened Smillie Plumbing and Heating, which continues to operate today.

The recipients of these scholarships should consider some of the beliefs of Bernie Smillie. He believed in hard work, whether it’s using your brain or your hands. Have fun at home and at work. Have a sense of humor. Listen to others and show respect. Give others the benefit of the doubt. But mostly, don’t be so serious.


● Graduating high school senior
● Full-time enrollment
● Pursuing an undergraduate or associate degree or Career and Techincal Education (CTE) training (skilled trade/vocation)
● Resident of the lower peninsula of Michigan

Evaluation Criteria

Financial need (20); work experience (20); overall involvement at work, school and community activities (20); career goals as demonstrated in essay (20); letters of recommendation.

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4 Comment(s)

  1. Jacob Sova

    January 11, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    Where do I apply for this scholarship???

    • scfoundation

      January 12, 2016 at 8:10 am

      Hi Jacob! Thank you for reaching out. All of our scholarships use a single online application. You can begin your application at this page: Applications are due by February 15, 2016. Everything is done online, including uploading any required documents. Some of our scholarships require essays, and during the application process, you will be able to see those scholarships and choose if you wish to submit an essay for that particular scholarship. In late March/early April, your application will be reviewed by teams of volunteers and scored. The scores are averaged together and, based on your scores, our scholarship computer program awards the individual scholarships if you meet the criteria and score the highest. Each scholarship has its own unique scoring criteria. If you have more questions, please give us a call at (989) 755-0545. Good luck!

  2. Kylee Hillmann

    December 31, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    Is there applications this year? Where do I apply?

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