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Harold and Catherine Young Memorial Scholarship


The Harold W. Young Memorial Scholarship was established in honor of Harold W. Young in 1998. Mr. Young is recognized for his many contributions to the Sturgis community in church affairs, education, and business. Created by his children, who are all teachers, this scholarship honors Mr. Young's devotion to his community's citizens. It is awarded annually to a Sturgis High School graduate who is an honors student pursuing a degree in education either at Western Michigan University or the University of Michigan.


Born and raised in Sturgis, Harold Young graduated from Sturgis High School, where he excelled in science, baseball, and tennis. His business career began with his first job as a high school student in the shipping room of Sturgis Business Forms, where he rose through various positions to become general manager of the Sturgis operations. Mr. Young later managed the operations in Whitewater, Wisconsin.


A life-long member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Harold was a member of the church Board of Elders, the Building Committee, and an usher. He was an active member of the Sturgis High School Board of Education from 1950 to 1961. A highly skilled carpenter, Mr. Young helped start and implement the Sturgis Building Trades Program that has taught scores of Sturgis High School students the craft of carpentry. He was steadfast in his belief in the dignity and worth of the teacher, whose very role is central to enhancing life for any community.


Mr. Young was an active member of the Sturgis High School Board of Education from 1950 to 1961. A highly skilled carpenter, Mr. Young was involved in the inception and implementation of the Sturgis Building Trades Program that has taught scores of Sturgis High School students the fine craft of carpentry.


When Harold's wife, Catherine Young, passed away in March of 2011 at 98, the family added her name to the Fund. Catherine worked for several companies in Sturgis until her retirement. She had a deep concern for the welfare of others which led to a lifetime of involvement in civic and church affairs and education. She and Harold were very proud that their children and grandchildren earned college degrees.


Harold and Catherine's legacy of giving back to their community lives on in this scholarship each year as it is awarded to a Sturgis High School student pursuing a degree in education.




Graduating seniors and current college students who graduated from high schools in St. Joseph County, Michigan, can apply for this and over 40 other scholarships with just one application by visiting: https://www.sturgisfoundation.org/scholarships.

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