Les Cheneaux Community Foundation


Les Cheneaux Arts Council Designated Fund - Endowed

Fund Originator:  Les Cheneaux Arts Council

The purpose of the the fund is to provide annual support for arts programs, classes, or scholarships for students in the Les Cheneaux community.

Arts Council of Les Cheneaux Fund - Unendowed

Fund Originator:  Les Cheneaux Arts Council

To provide support to art programs, classes, or scholarships for students in the Les Cheneaux community.

George H. Nickels Memorial Endowment Scholarship Fund

The sole purpose of this fund shall be to provide a scholarship to a student attending the Great Lakes Boat Building School in Cedarville Michigan. The selection of the student(s) for this special scholarship award will be made by the Scholarship Committee of the Great Lakes Boat Building School, as appointed by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Graduates who received a George H. Nickels Scholarship shall be recognized as such at graduation and called George H. Nickels Scholars.

Trip Abnee Memorial Water Safety Fund

This fund was created by Trip Abnee's wife and daughters to honor Trip's love of boating and insistence on safety.  He taught many kids how to drive a boat and made it possible for them to get their boating licenses.  He had two rules:  "Do what the captain says, when the captain says it" and "Have fun".  Coming into the dock he would say, "Fingers and paws inside the boat" and after docking he would say, "Any landing you walk away from is a good one,  every time without fail".

The Williams Family of Coryell Island

This $650 scholarship was instituted in 2001 by the Williams Family who has had a long time presence on Coryell Island.  The purpose is to provide financial assistance for continuing education or vocational training to graduates of the Les Cheneaux Community Schools based on their financial need, academic performance, and participation in extracurricular activities and community service.

Geraldine (Gerry) Naybeck Memorial Scholarship

The primary purpose is to support programs and projects that provide education and /or early detection of cancer: equipment, programs, or services to assist individuals diagnosed with cancer or other terminal illnesses.  Also supported are programs and support services for families or scholarships for students studying nursing or a related health field.

Tassier-Nye Scholarship

The primary purpose of the fund shall be to provide financial assistance for students who have attended a school in the Les Cheneaux area.

Archie and Ruth Visnaw Endowment Memorial ScholarshipArchie Visnaw grew up in Cedarville and was one of Cedarville's great ambassadors.  Archie was the area postmaster for more than 30 years.  He was also an avid boat and snowmobile racer.  Most importantly, Archie was a friend to everyone he met.  Ruth came to Cedarville as a Home Economics teacher.  She taught over 25 years in the Cedarville School system and was a highly respected teacher. The Archie and Ruth Visnaw Memorial Endowment Scholarship is a $500 scholarship given to a student who has attended Cedarville High School wishing to extend their post high school educational opportunities.