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OSRA Scholarships

With the incorporation of the Old Settlers Reunion Association, one of its stated goals was to help young descendants further their education, By 1982, the OSRA was able to award its first scholarships. In that year, four scholarships were awarded.The purpose of the OSRA Scholarship is to recognize and encourage noteworthy achievement, active service in their communities, excellence of character, and productive citizenship.

Eligibility shall be granted to a direct descendant and/or legally adopted child of a direct descendant who has been accepted for admission to an institution of higher learning, i.e., four-year institution, two-year college, trade or vocational school or program.

The amount of the scholarship will be no more than five-hundred dollars ($500) for any one individual. The scholarship is not renewable.

Scholarship Requirements - Part 1 ~

The OSRA Scholarship is intended to be awarded to individuals who reflect the character of the Association. The applicants shall demonstrate leadership abilities, contributions to the community (volunteer hours), and the potential to make significant advances in his/her future profession.

Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate academic excellence (3.0 GPA or higher on a 4.0 Scale) during his/her previous scholastic career.

All recipients are expected to become active in the OSRA to ensure that the Scholarship offer continues to generations of Descendants

Scholarship Requirements - Part 2 ~
The applicants shall:
  • Include a two hundred (200) word or more typed essay which details…

           ~Research on his/her ancestry to include at least five (5) generations of historical information

           ~What the scholarship means to him/her

           ~How he/she plans to give back to the OSRA

           ~His/her plans for the future

The essay must be his/her original work. Essays will be judged on grammar, spelling, punctuation, and originality.

  • Submit with the application, three (3) letters of recommendations from individuals who are not relatives, addressed to the OSRA Scholarship Committee, written on stationery with Institutions letterhead

  • Include a copy of his/her high school transcript.

  • Include a list of any extra-curricular activities (volunteer work) with the name of the organization or activity, the dates involved and the positions held.

  • Letter of acceptance from the College/University/Institution

  • Mail the required materials and application by registered mail postmarked by April 15, 2022, to the address below or use the online application ( 

          Old Settlers Reunion Association
         627 Madison Ave. SE
         Grand Rapids, MI 49503


OSRA Scholarship Application

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