May 2022
The purpose of the St. Joseph Public Schools Foundation is to raise, steward and distribute resources to enrich the education of students in the St. Joseph Public Schools District.

SJPS Foundation Names Class of 2022 Scholarship Recipients

The SJPS Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce its 2022 Foundation Scholarship Recipients. Each student has been awarded a $5,000 college scholarship to be used for tuition, fees, books and on-campus housing. Chaired by a Foundation Board member, each scholarship committee is composed of three community members who review each application and determine applicants to interview. Selection is a difficult task as each candidate has strengths and worthy attributes. A reception was held recently at the high school for scholarship benefactors, students and their families. 

Sam Abdelnour, President of the SJPS Foundation commented, “our scholarship program has grown to $55,000 for each graduating class of St. Joseph High School. Awards are funded by individual donors who care deeply about SJPS students and their futures.” Abdelnour also pointed out that in addition to its scholarship offerings, the Foundation raises funds to enrich the education of students in the St. Joseph Public Schools district. In 2021, the Foundation awarded over $500,000 to the district in support of academic initiatives. 

Paul and Rose Suchovsky Scholarship
Left to Right: Jacob Halsey, Justin Farrish, Madison Jackson, Ed Todd '54,
Seth Walters, Preston Nichols, Hayden Flynn
Believe in Yourself Scholarship
Left to Right: Leyla Dumke, Jim Kodis, Ariana Burgeson
Yeager Family Foundation Scholarship
Left to Right: Breckyn Bussey, Chris Yeager '88
Bill Marohn Leadership Scholarship
Funded by Dr. Gyl Kasewurm's Professional Hearing Services
Left to Right: David Kasewurm, Dr. Gyl Kasewurm, Jaclyn Cool, Bill Marohn
Spirit of Community Service Scholarship
Left to Right: Anna Abdelnour, Mya Dixon, Sam Abdelnour

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2022-23 Student Foundation

Officers were elected by their peers at the May Student Foundation meeting.

James Diamond '23, President
Cooper Trumbley '23, Vice President
Isaac Zart '24, Secretary
John Norland '23, Treasurer

So long but not farewell to these outstanding seniors. Thank you for your dedication
to the SJPS Student Foundation. We wish you all the best!
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Katie Hokanson, President
Anna Weber, Secretary
Nolan Wertanen, Treasurer
Paul Alimenti
Mya Dixon
Seth Walters
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Public online voting July 1 - 15
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August 12 - 13, 2022

We Can Offer No Greater Gift to our Children than to dedicate ourselves to educational excellence.
March - April Memorials
We offer our sincerest sympathies in your bereavement. Gifts to the SJPS Foundation in memory of loved ones are a fitting tribute, and will assist the Foundation in our mission to raise, steward and distribute resources to enrich the education of students in the St. Joseph Public Schools.
In Memory of John Buursma
Karen Melody
Marsha Umanos
In Memory of Patricia Gibson
Barbara Durflinger

In Memory of David Williams
Bill and Jane Marohn
In Memory of John Hall
Jim & Beth Mandarino
Amy Porritt-Peirce and
Michael Peirce
Jeff & Nancy Saylor
March - April Donors
March - April SJPS Teacher and Staff Giving
Thank you teachers, administrators and staff for all you do for our students.
Your support means the world to us.
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The St Joseph Public Schools Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not for profit corporation.