University of Michigan Alumni Association


The Grand Traverse Area U of M Club awards seven $2,000 scholarships annually to local students enrolled full time at the University of Michigan. Students from Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse Kalkaska and Leelanau counties may apply for any or all scholarships at any point during their academic studies. Download the PDF application for a list of opportunities, guidelines, application and mandatory cover sheet. (File will open a new window where you can view/download the application)

Applications with mandatory cover sheet are due by April 15 to:

U of M Club of Grand Traverse 
Scholarship Fund
PO Box 1851
Traverse City, MI 49685

NOTE: Carefully read descriptions and guidelines. The cover sheet is mandatory. Applicants should supply contact information and initial each scholarship(s) being applied for as well as contact information on the cover sheet, then on the application cover sheet (page 4) initial next to the scholarship(s) you are eligible to apply for, sign your name, and complete the application attached. 



Scholarship Opportunities

BOB JAMES SCHOLARSHIPS are available to admitted freshmen or undergraduate students currently enrolled in degree granting programs of the University of Michigan. Students enrolled in the School of Music will be given some preference over others in making the award, but the school in which the student is enrolled is not the key factor. Jazz artist and University of Michigan alumnus, Bob James, gave his time and talent to a benefit performance for the Grand Traverse Area University of Michigan Scholarship Fund.

CHARLES H. MENMUIR SCHOLARSHIPS are available to admitted freshmen or undergraduate students entered in a pre-law or liberal arts curriculum and to law school students who are admitted to or enrolled in the University of Michigan law school on a full-time basis. Monies were originally derived from the generous gifts of the late Mildred A. Menmuir, Ann Menmuir Beuerle, and Jean Menmuir Coffey in loving memory of their late-husband and father Charles H. Menmuir, a University of Michigan graduate. Charles H. Menmuir was a highly esteemed lawyer who practiced law for over fifty years in Traverse City. The law firm which he founded, Menmuir, Zimmerman, Kuhn & Bearup, generously supplemented the Menmuir family’s initial gift.

JULIUS H. BEERS SCHOLARSHIPS are available to individuals pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees, preferably in chemistry, physics, geology or other earth sciences. Monies were originally derived from the generous gift of Old Kent Bank, in honor of Julius H. Beers, a University of Michigan graduate. In 1950, Julius “Jake” Beers, a Traverse City native, began his career at Traverse City State Bank. He became President of the Bank in 1957 and Chairman of the Board in 1972. He continued to serve as Chairman until 1983 when it became Old Kent Bank. Jake Beers is a descendant of Perry Hannah, who was known as the “Father of Traverse City” and who founded Traverse City State Bank in 1856.

JACK PATTERSON SCHOLARSHIPS are available to admitted freshmen, preferably intending to pursue an undergraduate degree in language, literature or political science, on a full-time basis. These $2,000.00 scholarships have been created in memory of Jack Patterson, a 1940 Michigan graduate whose heart’s desire was to go to Michigan. He particularly loved Michigan sports and music. He enjoyed an outstanding career in mental health hospital administration, primarily at the Northville Mental Health Hospital, prior to his retirement in the Grand Traverse area.

DANIEL JAMES WHITE '70 SCHOLARSHIPS are available to full-time undergraduate students selected based on financial need as determined by the University's Office of Financial Aid. Preference for these $2,000.00 scholarships shall be given to entering and continuing undergraduate students whose primary residence is the Grand Traverse area. This scholarship was created in the memory of Daniel James White, a 1970 graduate of the University and Grand Traverse Area resident.

U of M CLUB OF GRAND TRAVERSE ‘ CLUB’ SCHOLARSHIPS available to admitted freshmen or undergraduate students currently enrolled full time in degree granting programs at the University of Michigan. Monies for these awards are raised from contributions and fundraising activities of the U of M Club of Grand Traverse, representing alumni, students, parents, fans and friends of the University.

Download the PDF application (this will open a new window where you can view/download the application).