July 25, 2012

Jerrold E. Potts Scholarship

Jerrold E. Potts was born and raised in Saginaw, living here until his death in 1997. An electrician by trade, he served in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves. Jerry was a longtime member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local #557. He was also a member of the Saginaw Lodge #77, F&AM, where he twice served as Worshipful Master.

Jerry was a caring, compassionate person who supported many causes, often anonymously. When establishing the Jerrold E. Potts Scholarship, Jerry indicated that the primary scholarship beneficiaries should be the children and grandchildren of IBEW 557 members because “I started there.” He also wanted the scholarship to “make the difference between going to school and not going to school.”


  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Parent, grandparent, or legal guardian must be a current or retired member of IBEW 557
  • Attend a Michigan college or university, unless an out-of state school is necessary for a specialized field of study
  • Pursuing a bachelor or graduate degree
  • Traditional student
  • Full-time enrollment

Evaluation Criteria

  • GPA
  • Overall achievement; and financial need.

This is a competitive scholarship and applicants must receive at least one-half of the total number of points possible to be eligible to receive an award.

Membership Requirements

Please refer to the online scholarship application for more information.