Stockbridge Area Educational Foundation

The Stockbridge Area Educational Foundation is a public non-profit 501(3)(c) committed to supporting educational opportunities to members of the Stockbridge School District Community.  

Officers and Directors

Jennifer M. Hammerberg, President
Ralph Schumacher, Vice President
Lyn St. Dennis, Treasurer
Jamie Bennett, Secretary
Heather Adiska, Director 
Lance Chapman, Director
Jill Marie Ogden (Board of Education Appointment)
Brian Friddle (Superintendent)
Hope Salyer, Director
Ben Topping, Director
Laura Whitaker (School Employee Appointment)

Quarterly meetings are held in January, April, July and October on the forth Thursday at 6:30pm in the office of the superintendent (Covid restriction allowing)  Election of Officers occurs in October.

To make donations to the Stockbridge Area Educational Foundation, apply for grants or scholarships, please contact Central Office at 517-851-7188.

To fund programs and projects that create or enhance educational opportunities available to residents within the boundaries of the Stockbridge Community School District

SAEF is an independent, volunteer run, non profit 501(3)(c) Corporation founded in 2000 serving the Stockbridge Community School District Area residents.  We have a Board of 11 Officers & Directors including the permanent appointed positions of; Superintendent of SCS, one Board of Education member, and one SCS Staff person (usually a teacher), and eight elected community members representing the Munith, Gregory and Stockbridge Area’s equally.  Appointed positions are annual and director terms are 3 years, max 12.

Our mission is: “To fund programs and projects that create or enhance educational opportunities available to residents within the boundaries of the Stockbridge Community School District.”

We accomplish this is several ways.

  • We provide grants!  We have awarded over $210,000.00 in educational grants since our inception supporting a wide range of programs and innovative ideas.  The Stockbridge Robotics team started with a grant, as well as our Stockbridge Community News Paper.  Grants are awarded to school personnel and community members and organizations alike. 

  • We provide scholarships!  We awarded $20,700.00 in scholarships in 2021 to graduates of Stockbridge Community Schools who are furthering their education in a variety of fields.  SAEF currently manages 19 scholarship funds, many of which are memorial scholarships in honor of members of our Community who are no longer with us.

  • We manage the Hellen Mitteer $1,500.00 Employee of the Year award!  This award goes to a school employee nominated by their peers or the community, for outstanding service to education.  The recipient of this award directs the funds to an educational cause of their choosing.

  • We provide additional ongoing support to each building principal by allocating $2000.00 per year in Discretionary Funds, to be used quickly, without the need to wait for grant approval, to ensure that sudden and unexpected costs do not interfere with the education of students.

Stockbridge Area Educational Foundation Scholarship Information:

Available Scholarships:

Stockbridge Area Educational Foundation Scholarship - Awarded to graduates of Stockbridge High School based on essay content, activity and achievements during high school, as well as letters of support. The award amount is usually between $250 - $1,000.                           

Laura M. Goodin Memorial Scholarship - Awarded to graduates of Stockbridge High School based on extra-curricular participation, GPA, and letters of support. Preference may be given to participants in Cheer. The award amount is commonly $250. 

Munith-Fitchburg Veterans Memorial Post 525 Scholarship - Awarded to high school graduates from Stockbridge, East Jackson, or Grass Lake who live in, or have ties to the Waterloo Area.  Priority is given to offspring of a member of the Munith-Fitchburg American Legion Post 526, or the offspring of a veteran. Essay and letters of support are also considerations. The award is intended for those who study a skilled trade or vocational training program or applicants to a college or university. The award amount is usually $1,000. *Award consideration requires you provide (as #16) the name and Post Number of relatives who have been members of the American Legion, or who are veterans, and (as #17) a paragraph describing your connection to the Waterloo Area.

Richard C. Howlett Scholarship - Awarded to graduates of Stockbridge High School based on college major; education, civics, or government. Also considered are essay content, activity and achievements during high school, along with letters of support. The award amount is commonly $1,000.                            

Don E. Krummrey Memorial Scholarship - Awarded to graduates of Stockbridge High School accepted at an accredited college or university majoring in engineering. Letters of support and GPA are also considerations. The usual award amount is $500.

Darwin D. Snider Memorial Scholarship - Awarded to graduates of Stockbridge High School for college, technical, or vocational training with an emphasis on (STEM) science, technology, engineering, or math. STEM related awards during high school, GPA, and letters of support are considerations. Commonly the award amount is $500.                                                                                                                                          

Donna E. Schumacher Memorial Scholarship - Awarded to graduates of Stockbridge High School attending Michigan State University with a major in special education, elementary education, or mathematics education; or mathematics independent of a teacher-training program. Consideration will also be given to majors in the natural sciences independent of a teacher-training program. Essay statements and letters of support are additional considerations. The award amount is up to $5,000 divided equally between first and second semester following confirmation of MSU enrollment.  An applicant interview prior to award consideration may be requested and family members are encouraged to attend. 

Richard A. Hoard Memorial Football Scholarship - Awarded to graduates of Stockbridge High School based on extra-curricular participation, essay content, and letters of support. Preference may be given to football participants. The award amount is commonly $500.

Jamie Sue Outwater Memorial Nursing Scholarship - Awarded to graduates of Stockbridge High School who plan to major in nursing based on essay content and letters of support. The award amount is usually $250. 

Hannah Lorraine Glair Memorial Scholarship - Awarded to graduates of Stockbridge High School based on essay content, letters of support, and school staff recommendation. Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 GPA, demonstrated community service, good personal qualities, and stated goal orientation. The award amount is commonly $500.                

Bruce Wm. Brown Scholarship - Awarded to graduates of Stockbridge High School based on volunteer and community service activity during high school. Essay statements, years as a Stockbridge student, and letters of support are additional considerations. The award amount is usually $1,000.                

The application deadline for SAEF scholarships is the Thursday before spring break. Send your completed application information, including letters of recommendation, to your high school counselor as a PDF attachment or use the online application form below. Please note that some scholarships may not be awarded every year and that scholarship awards may vary from the amount listed due to availability of funds.

Additionally, please note that there are specific requirements for some of the scholarships listed. For example: The Don E. Krummrey Scholarship is for majors In Engineering, The Donna E. Schumacher Memorial Scholarship requires attendance at Michigan State University. In addition, the Munith-Fitchburg Veterans Memorial Scholarship requires further information. If you decide to apply for the Munith-Fitchburg Veterans Memorial Scholarship, please complete the information numbered as items 16 and 17. 

PDF DocumentScholarship Application

External LinkOnline Scholarship Application

Grant Application Overview - The Stockbridge Area Educational Foundation reviews and awards grant applications each year on a quarterly basis as funds permit. The Foundation holds four quarterly meetings on the last Thursday of January, April, July and October.

Proposals received by the 1st of January, April, July, or October will be reviewed for funding by the Foundation Board of Directors at the next quarterly meeting.

Only proposals that qualify according to the mission and purpose of the Foundation will be considered. Proposals that represent innovation, relevance, and originality will receive primary funding consideration. Requests that are recurrent will not be considered unless special financial circumstances exist.  Requests for classroom materials such as text books, curriculum and supplies needed for teachers to be able to perform their duties under contract will be referred to the SCS Board of Education and Superintendent for consideration before the grant committee considers them.

Foundation Purpose, Area Served: Purpose - To promote the education of area residents and to enhance the educational opportunities available to all its citizens. Area Served - That encompassing the Stockbridge Community School District.

Online Grant Application

The Stockbridge Area Educational Foundation has been awarding an Employee of the Year Award for many years and since 2013 this distinction is accompanied by $1,500 to be put toward any educational pursuit desired by the winner.  This award has been made possible by the Mitteer Family in honor of Helen B Mitteer through their generous donation to this prestigious award.

SAEF accepts nominations from any member of the community for anyone working at Stockbridge Community Schools in any capacity.  If you would like to submit a nomination please write a brief description of the individual, the position they hold, years of service and why you are nominating them.  Please provide specific examples of positive influence the nominee has had with students, parents and staff.  Describe how the nominee creates and reinforces high expectations.  Provide examples of unique programs and or approaches the nominee uses to improve learning or job performance.  And finally, describe the nominee's involvement within the community and with peers.  Please send nominations to the Superintendent of SCS  by July 1.  Nominees are considered at our July meeting an announced in the Fall each year.

All nominees are eligible to be awarded the Helen B. Mitteer Employee of the Year Award since 2013.  Prior winners of all awards are listed below.

As described by a beloved family member:  “Helen Bullis Mitteer was born in Pinckney, Michigan in 1910.  In the fall of 1929, Helen started teaching in a rural, one-room schoolhouse between Pinckney and Gregory.  Her salary was $1,035 per year.  In September 1930 Helen became the 5th and 6th grade teacher in the “new” Stockbridge School.  For the next forty years, Helen dedicated herself to Stockbridge Schools and its students.  For decades she was the only kindergarten teacher at Smith Elementary. 

Mrs. Mitteer was a committed, caring, and patient teacher to thousands of students in the Stockbridge Community, her dedication to Stockbridge Schools is now perpetuated by providing financial support to those employees who reflect her unselfish commitment to the students of Stockbridge Schools.“ 

Employee of the Year Award History

2003 Jo Mayer

2004 Jeff Boyer

2005 Anne Potts

2006 Thomas Tucker

2007 Eva Lou Mills

2008 Ella Love

2009 Rose Collison

2010 Duane Watson

2011 Karen  Sheathelm

2012 Robert Richards

Helen B. Mitteer Employee of the Year Award History

2013  Lucy Learned  Secretary  Donated to Snider Scholarship  $1,500

2014  Michelle Ruh  Principal  Funded Heritage/Smith Pavilion  $1,500

2015  Elizabeth Cyr  English/Journalism Teacher  Travel expenses for students’ attendance at National Conference in California  $1,500

2016  Kim Carpenter  Bus Driver  $500 each to SHS Choir, Girls’ Track & Boys/Girls X-Country  $1,500

2017  Bryan Tasior  Science Teacher  “FIRST Robotics Program”  $1,500

2018  Kerri Allen  1st Grade Teacher Established Hannah Glair Memorial Scholarship Fund  $1,500

2019 Nichole Bowory 

2020 Katherine Anderson

Looking to donate to the SAEF?

There are several ways to donate:

  1. Attend our Annual Signature Fundraising Event:  The Festival Of Tables
  2. Consider including us in your will. Below is a sample of the language you can include in your will.
  3. Donate Directly to the S.A.E.F.  Contact any member of the Board or stop into the office at Smith, Heritage or Stockbridge High School.  Or send us a donation via PayPal using the email StockbridgeFoundation@gmail.com
  4. Donate to The Jackson County Community Foundation for the sole benefit of the Stockbridge Area Educational Foundation:
    Stockbridge Area Educational Endowment Fund
    Munith-Fitchburg Veterans Memorial Scholarship Fund
    Helen B. Mitteer Memorial Scholarship Fund

When you or your business makes a gift to one of The Jackson County Community Foundation’s endowment funds (such as the Stockbridge Area Educational Foundation funds named above), your contribution may be tax deductible?  Please check with your Accountant regarding current Tax laws.

Sample Estate Language

I bequeath to the Stockbridge Area Educational Foundation of Stockbridge, Michigan, a Michigan nonprofit [501(c)(3)] organization, (dollar amount or a %) of my estate for deposit to the Foundation for scholarships and/or educational grants administered by the Foundation (Tax ID: 38-3621050). The Foundation is located at 100 Price Avenue, Stockbridge, MI 49285.

Congratulations 2017 Festival of Tables Winners

The Stockbridge Area Educational Foundation (SAEF) is proud to announce the Table Decorating Winners from the 14th annual Festival of Tables.

First Place: Lion’s Club
Second Place: Farmer’s State Bank
Third Place: Animal Blood Resource International

The event was held at Heritage School on Saturday, March 25, 2017. All the proceeds raised at the festival will be invested back into our community via scholarships and grants during the coming year. The evening was catered by St. Joseph Mercy, Chelsea, which provided amazing food! Decadent desserts were provided by Laura O’Brien Sweets & Treats. 

The raffle, offering a 60″ 4K UHD TV or $500 cash, along with gift certificate winners are always favorites. Usually held the third Saturday in March.  Watch for an opportunity to join us next year!

1st Place: Lion’s Club

2nd Place: Farmer’s State Bank

3rd Place: Animal Blood Resource International

Congratulations to the 2018 FOT winners

First Place:  Stockbridge Lions Club

Second Place:  Animal Blood Resources

Third Place:  Stockbridge State Bank

The event was held at Heritage School on Saturday, March 24, 2018. All the proceeds raised at the festival will be invested back into our community via scholarships and grants during the coming year. The evening was catered by St. Joseph Mercy, Chelsea, which provided amazing food! Decadent desserts were provided by Laura O’Brien Sweets & Treats.

Raffle: All cash prizes were awarded in 2018.  Need not be present to win.

 Watch for an opportunity to join us next year!

Congratulations to the 16th Annual Festival of Tables Table Decoration Winners

Stockbridge Area Educational Foundation  held our 16th annual fundraising event "The Festival of Tables" on March 23th, 2019 at Heritage School 222 Western Avenue, Stockbridge MI 48285.

First Place Winners:

Animal Blood Resources International

Second Place Winners: 

Stockbridge Lions Club

Third Place Winners:

Stockbridge Community News

Check out our Facebook page for photos!

A special thanks to our corporate sponsors who helped off set the cost of hosting this event:  American Title Company of Jackson, Mugg & Bopps, Granger Waste Services,  The Schumacher Family and GE Foundation, Tracey Hernly of Coldwell Banker, Dalton & Zick builders, and Clogg Busters. If you would like to become a sponsor next year please contact us to let us know.  

Contact: Jennifer Hammerberg or 517 206-4166 

This is currently the Foundations only fundraising event. All proceeds are used to support the Stockbridge Community School district and the surrounding community via grants and scholarships. Last year we awarded over $16,000 in grants, over $18,000 in scholarships, $1,500 for Employee of the Year awards, and $14,000 in support of school administration approved programs/projects. The Stockbridge Community Schools serve the communities of Stockbridge, Gregory, Munith and parts of White Oak Township. We are a large geographic district of 125 square miles, serving a rural community of approximately 24,000 residents.

Unfortunately, SAEF has had to make the difficult decision to cancel the Festival of Tables for 2020 due to the  Covid-19 pandemic. Our raffle was able to proceed as planned with the winner being chosen and live streamed via Facebook on March 21st 2020.

The winners are:

1st place Kathy Hamilton

2nd Place Gary and Roberta Ludtke

3rd Place Rich Mullins.  

Congratulations and thank you to everyone! We have decided to postpone any type of  on-line auction at this time.

Contact Us

Brian Friddle
Superintendent
Kelsey Woodman
Administrative Assistant/Accounts Payable