Memorial Scholarship

The Friends of the Cascade Library Memorial Scholarship was launched in 2008 as a tribute to Marilyn Meyer, a founding member of the Friends of the Cascade Library who worked tirelessly on behalf of the organization and the Cascade Library for more than 35 years until her death in November 2007.  

The Friends continue to support the Cascade Library and its many services to the community through a network of dedicated volunteers. In honor of their efforts, an award in the amount of $1,500 will be given to a high school senior residing in Cascade or Ada townships who best exemplifies the volunteer spirit that motivated Mrs. Meyer and inspires current members of the Friends. The volunteer service in question should be civic and secular in nature, with an emphasis on community assistance and/or improvement.  

Guidelines for the Scholarship   

  • Applicant must be a graduating senior with a minimum GPA of 3.0 who is planning to continue his/her education at a two-year or four-year institution. Financial need will not be a factor in either the application process or the selection process.  
  • Applicant must fill out an official application form (copy attached).  
  • Applicant must provide two letters of recommendation. One should be from a teacher, counselor, or school administrator on school letterhead. The second should be from an unrelated adult not employed by a school district who is familiar with the applicant’s character and accomplishments.  
  • Applicant must provide proof of volunteer service with a letter from the person who administered or supervised the program in which the applicant participated. The letter should be on the organization’s official letterhead, and it should include specific information on the type of volunteer work performed, when and where it was performed, and the approximate number of hours the applicant volunteered. Applicants who have volunteered for several different organizations should focus on one in particular and submit the information outlined above just for that organization. (Please note the scholarship’s focus on recognizing service of a civic and secular nature.) Additional volunteer work (including approximate number of hours worked) should be described briefly on a separate sheet of paper.  
  • Applicant must write a 400-500 word essay on the benefits derived from his/her volunteer work and submit it along with his/her application. Applicants who have volunteered for several different organizations may focus on his/her service with one organization in particular or elaborate on his/her volunteer service in general (for example, identifying a common theme or goal).  
  • An application form and all accompanying documents must be returned to the Friends of the Cascade Library no later than March 15 of the applicant’s senior year in high school (no exceptions). A three- member committee consisting of the President of the Friends of the Cascade Library and two other board members designated by the President will review the applications and make the final selection by April 15. The winner will be notified by April 22 and the scholarship will be awarded by April 30.  Questions about the scholarship should be directed to Debbie Straub of the Friends of the Cascade Library. Telephone (616) 897-6404, or e-mail (please put “Friends’ Scholarship” in the subject line).  

Scholarship Application (please print)

Name: ____________________________________________________(first) (middle) (last) 

Address: ____________________________________________________ (street) (city) (zip) 

Home phone: _______________________________ Cell: ____________________________ 

E-mail: ________________________________________________________________________ 

Date of birth (MM/DD/YY): _____________________________ Male ____ Female ____            

Name(s) of parent(s) or guardian(s): __________________________________________ 

High school you currently attend: _____________________________________________ 

Guidance counselor: __________________________________________ GPA: __________ 

College or university you plan to attend: ______________________________________ 

Likely major or area of study: _________________________________________________  

I certify that the information contained in this application is true.  Applicant’s signature: 


Date: _________________________________  

Please read the attached guidelines for this scholarship and submit this application form plus all additional required documents to:  Friends of the Cascade Library Attention: Debbie Straub/Scholarship 2870 Jacksmith Ave. SE; Grand Rapids, MI 49546  Application deadline: March 15, 2018 (no exceptions).