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Provided by the Michigan County Social Services Association,
through the Consortium for Education and Training
Deadline: July 12, 2024
This scholarship fund is for the children, grandchildren, stepchildren, step-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, step-nieces, or step-nephews of MCSSA members and DHHS employees.

On behalf of MCSSA/MCSSCET, I am pleased to inform you that the Chuck Higgins/Mel Haga Memorial Scholarship 2024‐25 school year application process is now open. The amount is yet to be determined by the number of qualified applicants.

Note: ALL applicants must be in or entering the field of social work, human services, or juvenile justice.

This scholarship is dedicated and in memory of Chuck Higgins and Mel Haga. Chuck was a founding member of MCSSA and served as association president. Mel also dedicated his life and service to MCSSA.

Scholarship Processing

The following information is required to process your scholarship award for the fall semester. The scholarship award check cannot be issued until this information is received by MCSSA/MCSSCET:

  • The name of the college or university you are attending.
  • The applicant must be the child, grandchild, niece, nephew, stepchild, step‐grandchild, step‐niece, or step‐nephew of a MDHHS, or MCSSA/MCSSCET employee or board member, entering their junior, senior, or master’s level at a Michigan college or university.
  • Undergraduate level students must have maintained at least a 2.75 grade point average; applicants must provide a certificate from their school as to their grade level. Graduate level students must have a grade point average of 3.0.
  • Prior grantees having received two previous awards will be given consideration after all other applicants are considered.

Please attach the following to your application

  • Three recommendation letters; 1 must be from a staff person from the college presently attending/attended
  • Your most recent transcript (official or unofficial)
  • Your personal resume
  • Verification of full‐time enrollment for the fall semester

Forfeiture of Scholarship Award

The applicant understands the award could be rescinded in any of the following circumstances:

  • No longer meets the scholarship qualifications
  • Is placed on academic and/or disciplinary probation
  • Does not enroll full‐time in a program of study for the semester/quarter in which the award is to be in effect


Candidates will remain anonymous from the selection committee members during their deliberations. Recipients will be invited and encouraged to attend the Annual MCSSA/MCSSCET Conference/ Banquet September 17, 2024, in Traverse City, MI at Great Wolf Lodge to receive their award.

Please contact us if you have any questions at 517‐371‐5303 or Also, please remember to inform us immediately if there are any changes that need to be made to your application.

Thank you,

Danielle Sirianni
Executive Director MCSSA/MCSSCET

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