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Nathan Pagels Awarded First Ellen Eisele Memorial Scholarship

Updated: Jan 23, 2023

Sturgis High School senior Nathan Pagals has been named the first recipient of the Ellen Eisele Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship from the Ellen Eisele Memorial Fund was established in 2020 in memory of Sturgis educator Ellen Eisele.

About the Award

Ellen Eisele came to Sturgis in 1990, having taught in Chicago, Flint, and Leslie before she settled here. A lifelong learner, she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from Michigan State University in 1984, and in 2003, she earned a Masters degree from Western Michigan University in Mathematics Education.

In recognition of Ellen’s passion and commitment to teaching, the Ellen Eisele Memorial Fund will award support annually for a Sturgis High School senior pursuing a degree in Education.

About the Scholar

Nathan Pagels is a Sturgis High School student and member of the graduating class of 2021. After graduation, Nathan plans to attend the University of Akron where he will study Music Education.

Throughout his high school career, Nathan has participated in a number of extracurricular activities including Track and Field, Sturgis High School Orchestra, Sturgis High School Concert Band, Sturgis High School Marching Band, and the Sturgis Wind Symphony Orchestra. He has served in leadership positions as the Team Captain of Quiz Bowl and Low Brass Section Leader for marching band. Nathan is a member of the National Honor Society and has remained on the ‘A’ Honor Roll.

As a leader and resource for local philanthropy, the Sturgis Area Community Foundation works closely with donors and charitable agencies every year to fuel positive change where we live. Our grantmaking framework is the vehicle that provides funding for scholarships and charitable programs that create impact. These investments are powered by the generosity of donors who have entrusted the Foundation to meet our community’s needs. If you have questions about our specific programs, or would like to know more about our work, please contact our office at

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