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The foundation of every state is the education of its youth. 
                                     -Diogenes

TThe Pontiac Marketing & Promotion Bureau acts as the extended arm or leg of The Greater Pontiac Community Coalition,

a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.|143 Oneida, Pontiac, MI 48341, In the area of communications. 

THE LORENE PHILLIPS SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION CENTER

The Pontiac Marketing and Promotion Bureau (PMB) aligns with the mission of identifying student scholarships and supporting college programs. We firmly believe in education as activism and seek to use The Scholarship Information Center to help recognize educators in the Pontiac School District and Greater Pontiac area for their leadership and contributions to the field. PMB brings history into dialogue with the present to illuminate and advance access to opportunity locally. 

We propose to pay tribute to Our Teachers, Our Educators, and area Businesses for their contributions to education.
To that end we acknowledge one of Pontiac’s Own Living Legends, with over 43 years of service,
The Pontiac Marketing & Promotions Bureau names the Scholarship Information Center in Honor of

Lorene Phillips

The Pontiac Marketing and Promotion Bureau (PMB) aligns with the mission of identifying student scholarships and supporting college programs. We firmly believe in education as activism and seek to use The Scholarship Information Center to help recognize educators in the Pontiac School District for their leadership and contributions to the field. PMB brings history into dialogue with the present to illuminate and advance access to opportunity locally. 

We propose to pay tribute to Our Teachers, Our Educators, Our Heroes by acknowledging one of Pontiac’s Own Living Legend, with over 43 years of service, the PMB names the Scholarship Information Center in Honor of
"Mrs. Lorene Phillips"


In Honor of Lorene Phillips

Lorene Phillips, raised in Pontiac from an early age, was married to Clarence E. Phillips, former City Councilman, Council President, Mayor of Pontiac and State Legislator for 42 years until his death. They have two sons, Kaino and Damani. After attending city schools and graduating from Pontiac Central High School, she earned a BA from Western Michigan in Secondary Education with majors in English and Speech Communication, a MA from Oakland University in English and completed all course work for a PhD in English at Wayne State University.

Throughout the course of her career she received several awards of recognition for outstanding proficiency in education: Who’s Who in American Education (6 years), Secondary Teacher of the Year for Pontiac Schools, nominee for Disney Teacher of the Year (FIRST Team), National FIRST Team Chairman’s Award and FIRST Team Hall of Fame (team sponsor), as well as Lifetime Educator Award from the Pontiac School District. Retired since 2011 after 43 years of service, she was an educator in the Pontiac School District teaching English and Speech to thousands of secondary students before becoming a Curriculum Administrator. As a K-12 Central Office Administrator, she directed numerous programs (English/World Language, Social Studies, Science; Supervision of

Reading Specialists, Media Specialists; District Coordination of NCAA Clearinghouse, Advanced Placement, Credit Recovery; supervision of educational technology integration) at the district level. Currently, she is a State of Michigan Content Coach working to support literacy instruction at the elementary, middle and high school levels.


Her community affiliations included membership on the Pontiac Library Advisory Commission, Pontiac/Japan Sister City Club Member, Pontiac Center Reunion Committee, Pontiac Recreation League, and spotter for the announcer with the high school football program. She and her husband spent all of their adult life promoting a strong, productive community and adamantly advocating for the education and advancement of youth. This commitment was the basis for the development of the original community fund initiated by Lorene and Clarence which provided assistance to those in the community in need, support of programs for youth and scholarships for Pontiac students. “Through the foundation we hope to expand our support of quality community programs that empower youth.”


The Pontiac Marketing & Promotions Bureau (PMB) is proud to announce in honor of a Lifetime Educator and Community Champion from the Pontiac School District, Pontiac's own Living Legend Mrs. Lorene Phillips.

“The Lorene Phillips Scholarship Information Center”

The Pontiac Marketing & Promotions Bureau (PMB) is proud to announce in honor of a Lifetime Educator and Community Champion from the Pontiac School District, Pontiac's own Living Legend Mrs. Lorene Phillips.


Local Community Organizations

Local community organizations offer many scholarships opportunities, organizations such as: Places of worship, Community foundations, Civic organizations and clubs, Local businesses and chamber of commerce, Local government agencies such as school boards, some employers. Pontiac has a community that strongly encourages students to reach out locally as part of their scholarship search. We ask that you think critically about each scholarship provider and only apply through reputable sites. Follow the links below for certified local scholarship funding.

LOCAL BUSINESSES


Williams International $5,000.00 scholarships to be awarded in the Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 academic school semesters to City of Pontiac residents pursuing a technical or skilled trades degree.

More to come...

COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES


Oakland University

Wade H. McCree Incentive Scholarship Program -Students will receive a four-year scholarship to Oakland University covering tuition. This scholarship is renewable for up to four years if they meet the scholarship criteria.
The Hubert Price Jr. Memorial Scholarship for Social Sciences
 - Reside within the City of Pontiac at the time they are selected to receive an award (students renewing an Award need not reside in Pontiac)

Pontiac Public School District Endowed Scholarship - Incoming freshmen who graduated from Pontiac school district

Pontiac Central High School Endowed Scholarship Incoming freshman or currently attending undergraduate student

Milo J. Cross Memorial Endowed Scholarship - Preference given to children, grandchildren, or spouses of Pontiac State Bank employees

Mary Joyce Pagano Memorial Endowed Scholarship - Student teaching assignment in the Pontiac School District or other urban setting

George and Phyllis Law Googasian Endowed Scholarship An incoming freshman at the University who has graduated from a traditional public high school (charter schools are excluded) in Pontiac, Michigan

Cindy Heazlit Scholarship for Non Traditional StudentBe actively engaged in the University’s chapters of the Society of Women Engineers, Women in Computing and/or National Society of Black Engineers or, if any of those chapters no longer exists, a successor or similar student organization with a similar purpose whose membership is also free and open to all University students and faculty; provided, however, that a student must provide at least one letter of recommendation written by an executive board member, staff member or faculty leader from the applicable chapter in order to qualify under this criterion.

Benedettini-Pearson Endowed Scholarship - Must have graduated from a public high school located in Detroit, Flint, Oak Park, or Pontiac, MI

*Oakland University's Scholarships open October 1, 2020 for the 2021-2022 Academic Year. Search and apply for more than 250 Oakland University scholarships by clicking here.

Oakland Community College

For Future OCC Students

Chancellor’s Scholarship – For seniors graduating from high schools in Oakland County. Awards of $3,500 for tuition and fees. Deadline April 15, 2021.

Michigan Reconnect – For high-school graduates 25 and older who do not have a college degree. Awards cover tuition and fees. No deadline - apply now!

Edward J. Kuhn Scholarship – For graduating seniors entering OCC for the first time. Awards of $2,000 for tuition and other expenses. Deadline varies with semester.

For Current OCC Students

OCC Foundation Scholarships – More than 200 scholarships for current OCC students; one easy application. Awards of $500 and up for tuition, fees, books, and other expenses. Deadline varies with semester.

Many OCC Foundation Scholarships honor OCC’s deep connections to Pontiac, including:

  • Barbara F. Ball Scholarship, established by AFSCME Local 2042 to honor Barbara, a dedicated member.
  •  Cervantes-Paramo Scholarship to encourage students from Spanish-speaking households to begin or continue their college education.
  •  Dora J. Geeter Memorial Culinary Arts Annual Scholarship to honor Dora’s memory and give an aspiring bakery chef the opportunity to share their culinary creations with others.
  • Rosie & Samuel "Sam" Geeter Memorial Endowed Scholarship, to honor Rosie and Sam, the proud parents of 17 children, in each of whom they instilled a love of learning.
  • Dr. Gordon F. & Mrs. Patricia S. May Endowed Scholarship, established to continue the legacy they started at OCC, he as an Administrator and she as a Counselor.
  • Janice Simmons Memorial Endowed Scholarship for students pursuing a Nursing degree.
  • Gail Taylor Memorial Scholarship, to honor her memory and give students the same opportunity to grow and advance in a career of their choosing that she received as a non-traditional student.

Baker College

FIRST Robotics ScholarshipBaker College has established the FIRST Robotics Scholarship to recognize the achievements of the FIRST Robotics Competition and FIRST Tech Challenge participants.

OnTheMove Scholarship - Baker College will award the OnTheMove Scholarship as a commitment to students who transition from the Auburn Hills campus to the new Royal Oak campus (or another BC campus) to complete their education.

TEACH ScholarshipT.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® MICHIGAN links education, compensation and commitment to improving the quality of early education.

Regents Scholarship - Baker College will award the Regents Scholarship to graduating high school seniors.


FOR MORE BAKER COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES CLICK HERE. 



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