Tom Krzyzaniak Automotive Scholarship

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September 19, 2012


The Tom Krzyzaniak Automotive Scholarship Fund was established in 2007 by his wife Barbara and children Kristyn and Todd. Tom graduated in 1966 from Bay City Central High School. After high school he attended Western Michigan University and received a bachelor’s degree in education with a minor in business administration. He began his teaching career with Saginaw Public Schools in 1970. Within a short period of time, Tom took an interest in the automobile industry. His lengthy career took him through all aspects of the business; from construction of auto parts, to supervision of inspection lines at General Motors and eventually into the sales. He began his career in the finance and insurance division at Garber Buick in 1981. From there, he moved his way up the ladder to new car sales manager and then into the executive manager/dealer position. He was truly diverse in the construction, manufacture and sales of General Motors products.



Tom touched the lives of many in his career at Garber Buick. He was a leader and truly committed to his company, customers and employees. Tom lived with the adage that a “team was only as good as its leader.” By establishing this scholarship, we hope to find an individual that will share Tom’s passion for both business and the automotive industry. We welcome all to share in his legacy.




● Minimum 2.5 GPA 
● Graduating high school senior or current college student that graduated from any high school in Saginaw, Bay or Midland Counties
● Pursuing an undergraduate, associate degree or Career and Techincal Education (CTE) training (skilled trade/vocation) in an automotive related field (engineering, ASAP program, management, repair or sales)
● Part- or full-time enrollment   


Evaluation Criteria

Leadership (25); special essay (20); financial need (15); scholastic record (10); community service (10); extracurricular/school activities (10); overall involvement in work, school and community activities (10).



Special Attachment Required

Please refer to the online scholarhip application for more information.

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2 Comment(s)

  1. Madison Scherzer

    January 5, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    I am very interested in this scholarship. If you could please contact me regarding how I can inter my essay.

    • scfoundation

      January 6, 2016 at 8:05 am

      Hi Madison! 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!

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