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More financial help is available to LMC students, thanks to four new scholarship donations through the Lake Michigan College Foundation.

Three of the new scholarship funds will support future professionals in advanced manufacturing, culinary management, and wine and viticulture. Another is for South Haven area women studying early childhood education, engineering and life sciences.

The new scholarships add to the foundation’s $600,000 in private scholarship dollars available annually. “We are so thankful to all of our donors for helping to make the dream of a college education come true for our students,” said Lake Michigan College Foundation Executive Director Mary Klemm. 

The $1,500 South Haven American Association of University Women scholarship is for female residents of Bangor, Covert and South Haven who are pursuing a degree in early childhood education, engineering, or life sciences. The scholarship was established in memory of AAUW member, Annette Bacehowski, to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.

The $1,000 George and Lorraine McGann “Give Them a Chance” scholarship is for students pursuing a culinary management degree. The scholarship was established by local pizza entrepreneur James DeLapa and his wife, Judy to honor the McGanns for their “significant contributions to enhance the lives of many Benton Harbor residents. DeLapa sold his national frozen pizza brand to General Mills, Inc. in 1976.

The $1,000 Snow Road scholarship is for students in LMC’s wine and viticulture program. The anonymous donor aims to advance southwest Michigan’s progress toward becoming a greatly renowned wine region.

The $500 David L. LaGrow Memorial Scholarship is for students earning degrees and certificates in advanced manufacturing or skilled trades. The scholarship is donated by Cynthia and David M. LaGrow in honor of his father and namesake. The junior LaGrow graduated from Lake Michigan College’s apprenticeship program and now owns three, high tech manufacturing companies including Maximum Mold and the former Mach Mold.

“Our employees believe in the importance of keeping our talent pool growing. The modern tool and die industry is clean and high-tech, and we want to help remove financial barriers to an education that leads to a great career,” said Maximum Mold co-owner Cynthia LaGrow.

To apply for these and other LMC scholarships, visit the scholarships page.

To donate a scholarship gift, contact Rita Whise at (269) 927-6278 or For more information visit the Foundation's webpage.

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