2014-15 Scholarship Opportunities for Upper Peninsula Seniors
Up to Full-Tuition
Upper Peninsula students can earn non-competitive Albion scholarships of up to $94,000 awarded at up to $23,500 per year. These scholarships are based on academic achievement and are awarded at the time a student is accepted for admission. Additionally, there are two major, competitive, Albion scholarships which Upper Peninsula students may receive.
James A. and Verle A. Klungness, ’50 Scholarship
Each year, three students from the Upper Peninsula will be selected to receive a James A. and Verle A. Klungness, ’50 Scholarship. Each scholarship, when combined with any Michigan and Federal grant to which a student is entitled, covers the full cost of tuition, at Albion College. Preference in the competition is given to students from Iron Mountain or Kingsford High School and secondary preference is given to students from Dickinson County or elsewhere in the Upper Peninsula.
William H. Anderson ’37 and Clifford G. Anderson ’37 Scholarship
Each year, one student from the Upper Peninsula will be selected to receive a William H. Anderson ’37 and Clifford G. Anderson ’37 Scholarship. Each scholarship when combined with any Michigan and Federal grants and other scholarships to which the student is entitled covers the full cost of tuition at Albion College. Preference in the competition is given to students from Ewen-Trout High School with secondary preference given to students from elsewhere in the Upper Peninsula.
By email or phone call, notify your enrollment counselor - Corey Grazul (517) 630-1811
- that you wish to be considered.
Before November 15th, prepare and submit to Corey an essay of 400-500 words in which you describe how living in the Upper Peninsula has shaped your life.
Participate in a scholarship interview.
If you have been selected to receive the scholarship, expect to be notified no later than January 15th.
Indicate your acceptance of the scholarship and commitment to attend Albion within ten days of notification.
Transfer Profile: Emily Espinosa, '16
What made you pick Albion College?
I applied and auditioned for several different schools, including some very large ones, but when I visited these bigger schools I felt so insignificant. Even from just campus visits I felt like I did not matter and would never be heard. I knew that I needed something more personal where I could make an impact and contribute.
When I visited Albion College, I immediately felt the emphasis on the individual students. Each one mattered. I knew that I would matter. Everyone was really friendly and made me feel so welcome. It was such a wonderful experience I had not received anywhere else that my mind was made up. This was the school for me.
So far, how is Albion different from your previous school?
Albion is very different from my last school. One of the things that immediately struck me upon arriving was how everyone here really wants to be here and wants to learn. Here the teachers hold high expectations that really motivate us students to do our best and truly invest ourselves in learning.
Also, at Albion I have noticed how the college is connected as a community. Because of the small classes, students get to know their classmates and teachers well. Chances are, while walking through the quad, you will see many friendly faces you can greet as friends. Albion is a college that really fosters relationships and values each and every student.
What are you studying? What are you involved in?
I am an Elementary English Language Arts major with a minor in Spanish. Initially I came in as a music major, but after taking an education class, I realized that my new dream was to be an elementary school teacher. The education program here at Albion is phenomenal and I am enjoying every second of it! One of my favorite parts about the program is that for every education class, we are placed in a public school classroom where we get field experience and get to interact with students and teachers around the community.
Even though I switched from my music major, I am still very involved in music on campus. I am also very involved with Christian life on campus and participate in Chapel and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Through these groups I have met incredible people and made lasting friendships that have truly changed me and helped me grow.
What are you plans after graduating from Albion?
After graduating from Albion I plan to continue my education and get a masters degree. Perhaps I will teach for a few years before doing that, or do some traveling. I want to see more of the world. My classes here at Albion have really inspired a thirst in me to learn more than just what can be taught in a classroom. They have opened my eyes to the incredible wealth of knowledge and opportunities that are out there and made me eager to pursue them.
What was the transfer process like for you?
Transferring schools is a daunting process and I did not know where to start. Thanks to the wonderful help and guidance from the Admission Office it turned out to be a much smoother transition than I had anticipated. She made everything very clear and easy for me to do and before I knew it, I was a Brit. It did not stop there though. Even once I got here I was surrounded by a plethora of resources and helping hands. People were so eager and willing to help me with everything that the fear that I had felt going into the process completely vanished and I transitioned to my new life with confidence.
What's been the most pleasantly surprising thing you've seen at Albion?
The most pleasantly surprising thing that I have experienced at Albion is how at home I feel here. I feel like this is where I belong. It surprised me because, as a transfer student, I was coming in not knowing a single other person and was rather worried about finding that feeling of inclusion and acceptance. It has been incredible, though. I have never felt so much a part of something and that is very empowering and encouraging.
Profile: Robinson Regen
When flying from Nashville, Tennessee to Detroit for their son’s first visit to Albion College, Robinson Regen and her family thought that they would make a trip to the Midwest and never come back. What they didn’t know was how much they would fall in love with the campus and the impressive Held Equestrian Center, not to mention the “adorable black squirrels” that run across the lawn.
They had one requirement for their son, Jackson, when it came to furthering his education, and that was that the college he selected had to be based on the liberal arts. He chose to come to Albion, and Robinson has been making referrals ever since.
Robinson knows firsthand how important a word-of-mouth referral to Albion College can be. It all started in the summer of 2008, when Jesha Marcy-Quay, ’11, came to Nashville to be a student worker mentoring under their horse trainer.
“Jesha is an impressive young lady who became one of Jackson’s ‘adopted big sisters.’ She is the person responsible for putting Albion College on Jackson’s radar,” Robinson said.
Jackson knew that he wanted to go somewhere different from all of his friends, and there had to be an equestrian facility nearby so that his horse could make the journey into adulthood with him.
Robinson said she’s not only impressed by the fact that the Albion Hunt Seat team is competing against strong Division I schools, but that, “from a parent’s point of view, the best part of the program is that it’s open to the entire student body, from first-time riders to those that have ridden for years.”
Combining her love for Albion College and her passion for horses, for the past two years Robinson has personally called all of the out-of-state prospective students who have expressed an interest in the equestrian program. Seeing the new referral program as a game-changer, she references the $1,000 referral-program scholarship in order to shift the entire dynamic of a conversation by breaking down the stereotype that liberal arts colleges are too expensive. “The referral program is like a magic ice-breaker for parents who are unsure of how to help guide their students,” Robinson said. “It makes it easier to share the intrinsic value of a liberal arts education.”
Not everyone can donate $1,000 for a scholarship, but the beauty of the referral program is that you simply have to make the referral for the student to receive a scholarship in your name. Robinson personally challenges alumni and parents to refer at least one prospective student within the next year.
As for herself, she will continue to serve on the Parent Leadership Council and make as many referrals as she can in an effort to have a positive impact on the lives of the upcoming generation of scholars.
“In today’s society, critical thinking, logic, and understanding the interconnectivity of the world around us is vital,” she said. “A liberal arts education will do this, but you have to take it one step further and go to a school that truly cares about its students and values its alumni. Albion continues to prove that it really does. The education the college has to offer is as unique as you are.”
The college search is an exciting and sometimes nerve-wracking time—for parents as well as students. There are so many things to do to prepare to send your child off to college. One “to-do list” item many parents dread is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. We’re here to help alleviate some of that FAFSA anxiety. Keep these tips in mind.
It’s not as bad as you think and we’re here to help.
Both you and your student will need a PIN.
This allows you to electronically sign the FAFSA and gain access to federal student aid websites. You can get a pin at www.pin.ed.gov.
The FAFSA is free.
Don’t pay to submit the form or have anyone complete the form for you. If you need assistance, contact our office. File your FAFSA at: www.fafsa.gov.
It’s OK to use estimated information.
You don’t need to wait to complete your tax return before submitting your FAFSA. Use the best information you have available. You’ll be able to update your FAFSA once you’ve filed your taxes.
Submit your FAFSA by February 15.
We recommend this deadline to ensure you’re eligible for all available funds. You can submit your FAFSA at any time, but we recommend you do it early to help you plan.
Have the information you need before you start.
This includes your PIN, social security numbers, 2013 federal tax returns –or estimates, bank and brokerage statements.
Make sure both the parent and student sign the FAFSA.
The FAFSA won’t be processed until both the parent and student provide a PIN or signature.
Review your Student Aid Report.
This is your confirmation that your FAFSA was processed and provides important follow up information. It also provides instructions on how to update your FAFSA, if needed.
Make sure your student reads any email sent by the FAFSA processor or the financial aid office. Requests for additional information will be sent to the email address he or she submitted on the admission application.
Need more help?
Check out the 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA video or contact our office at
Marcus Gill, ’04 Assistant Director of Admission & Multicultural Coordinator
“I truly believe what makes Albion great are the people. The sense of family, community, and the way we take care of our own is truly special.”
In Marcus’ words:
On making the most of your campus visit:
“During a campus visit, meet as many people and ask as many questions as you can.”
The Albion Team:
“A great team starts with its leadership. I believe we have great leaders here, which makes it easy to be part of such a great team. We have a group of people who love to work with each other, genuinely care about one another, and are always willing to help.”
On choosing Albion:
“If you want a great education, if you’re looking to build lifelong relationships and to be part of a special place, consider Albion College.”
A tangible goal rather than just a dream, he hopes to someday be a Division I Head Men’s Basketball Coach.
Go-To Movie: Coach Carter
His Albion Legacy: Marcus was a point guard on Albion’s 2003 MIAA Championship Basketball team.
Artist Academic Interest
The Distinguished Artist Program
The Distinguished Artist Program is an opportunity for you to show us your talent in the arts and earn additional scholarship money to attend Albion College. With your participation, you will be eligible to receive additional scholarship assistance; more than $250,000 was awarded to participants last year. One participant will receive a full tuition scholarship to attend Albion College!
To be eligible to participate in this scholarship program, you must be accepted to Albion College for entry as a first-year student in the fall of 2015. If you haven't applied to Albion yet, do so by December 22, 2014 for timely consideration.
You may choose to participate in one of these areas:
Integrated Arts (film, visual poetry, and more)
You will be asked to perform or present your portfolio for 15 minutes and then a panel of faculty will discuss your presentation with you for another 15 minutes.
This opportunity helps you understand our hands-on, interdisciplinary approach to the liberal arts and sciences. We hope you will begin to understand the value of this type of education as a result of your participation.
The process of selecting your method of participation, preparing for the competition and then participating helps you experience the teaching and learning environment at Albion. You will also receive valuable feedback and encouragement from your panel of faculty.
The most effective way for us to identify promising artists and scholars is through in-person participation and dialog. This is your opportunity to show our faculty more about your future potential than may be apparent in your admission application and essay.
What if I don't want to compete?
Interview/Audition/Portfolio Day is an alternative opportunity for you to display your talents in the fine arts (music, theater, visual art) and/or schedule interviews with the Gerstacker Institute, Ford Institute, Environmental Center, and Honors Program.
Albion is where you take the next step—and we're with you all along the way. Our support services for veterans include individualized advising from faculty members (who are also veterans) as well as opportunities for on-campus social networking with other veterans. And that's just the beginning.
Documents can be submitted to the admission office at this address: 611 E. Porter St., Albion, Michigan 49224
Once we've received your completed application and supporting documentation, the Admission Committee will review your application. If we have questions or need more information, we will contact you.
Albion College is known for its programs of distinction, not to mention the doors these programs open for Albion students.
Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program The Brown Honors Institute challenges students beyond traditional lecture and laboratory courses with intimate discussion, field trips, retreats, guest lecturers, independent research, and individualized faculty mentoring.
Center for Sustainability and the Environment The Environmental Institute encourages students to understand the environment and humans' place in it through participatory learning, leadership, seminars, and travel experiences.
We encourage you and your parents to complete your IRS tax returns two to three weeks prior to completing your FAFSA so you may use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when submitting your information.
Mid-May: Albion begins sending award notifications to continuing students
July 1: Recommended deadline for scholarship thank-you letters
August 1: Deadline for completing your financial aid requirements in order to have aid on your student account before your fall payment is due.
Fritz Shurmur Center for Teacher Development
Does part of your love of learning come from joy in the prospect of sharing your knowledge with others? Do you long to influence the learning and personal development of children? The Fritz Shurmur Center for Teacher Development will prepare you with the tools for effective teaching: depth in your major, breadth in the liberal arts, practical classroom skills, understanding of the issues affecting education, and the ethics of civic responsibility and affirming diversity.
Through internships, research, and travel, you'll study the most successful teaching practices as well as learn to develop and test new ideas yourself, including the thoughtful use of educational technology. In tandem with the College's Education Department, the Institute administers the elementary, secondary, and K-12 teacher certification programs, and has developed highly innovative field experiences for prospective teachers in the local schools. Roundtable discussions, visiting lecturers, alumni teachers-in-residence, and summer programs will round out your preparation to serve as a role model of outstanding classroom teaching and an intentional agent of change.
Learn more about the Fritz Shurmur Center for Teacher Development.