Welcome Home Scholarship

The Welcome Home Scholarship will award college graduates or returning professionals if they agree to move to and work within Muskegon County. Awards will be a maximum of $15,000 and can be used for student loan repayment, down payment on a home, support continuing education, assist with moving expenses, or other expenses related to making Muskegon County home.


Educators, Ancillary Educational Staff, & Early Childhood Providers moving to Muskegon County can earn up to

  • Nestled in beautiful West Michigan on the shoreline of Lake Michigan, Muskegon County is full of opportunities for recreation, culture, shopping, and dining. We are home to 3 state parks, 26 miles of beaches, 14 museums, 65 miles of trails, 7 breweries, numerous cinemas and theaters, dozens of festivals, a thriving downtown, and so much more. The fun continues year-round with winter sports at the Muskegon Luge Adventure Park! Click here for more information about making Muskegon County your home. For more information about the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District, click here.


  • Scholarships will be selected via a competitive application process, on a rolling basis until funds are depleted. The link to the application is below.

  • Eligible applicants cannot already live within Muskegon County and would be limited to graduates or returning professionals with the following criteria:

    • Two and four-year early childhood certificates
    • Pre-K – 12 educators
    • Ancillary staff: school social workers, school speech pathologists, school psychologists, and other necessary staff positions requiring a two or four-year degree or certification .
    • Special consideration to those in high demand positions: early childhood, special education, and ancillary staff.
    • Applicants may not be living within the county when the award decision is made.
    • Graduating college students returning to Muskegon County are eligible.
  • The awards will be up to $15,000 and paid out quarterly, spread over three years. First payment after 90 days on the job.

  • If an award recipient moves out of the county during the three-year award program cycle, they forfeit all future award monies not yet paid.

  • Award recipients will be expected to live in Muskegon County and work at a qualified employer within Muskegon County to be eligible for this funding. They must secure a job with a qualified employer within 120 days of receiving the award.

  • All licensed daycare and in-person Pre-K – 12 public and charter employers.

    Click here for MAISD job postings.

  • Diversity and inclusion are important values of the Community Foundation, and we are committed to striving for a diverse workforce, made up of staff that represents the community we serve.

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