Rotary club helps honor Torline with scholarship fund – Macomb Daily

Past Baker College President Don Torline died Jan. 18, but his family and Rotary family are making sure he is remembered.

He was a longtime member of the Rotary Club of Mount Clemens and served as its president in 2005-2006. He was instrumental in establishing matching scholarships at Baker between the college and the Mount Clemens Rotary Foundation.

The club is now the scholarship fund trustee for a new program created by the Torline family called the Rotary Don Torline Mount Clemens Scholarship Fund.

“We have lost a wonderful and dedicated friend and Rotarian,” said current club president Jeff Furest. “It was Don’s wish that this fund be created to award graduate scholarships to worthy individuals.

“The family will initially fund the scholarship program and will publicly announce this scholarship fund, soliciting donations from longtime friends, colleagues and community leaders. The entire Foundation Board recognizes that Don’s heart was with our Rotary Club of Mount Clemens, and we will be proud to carry on his memory and legacy in this way,” he said.

The club will select the recipients.

“In recognition of Don Torline’s life and the things he valued as an educator and community leader, the Foundation will prioritize potential scholarship recipients,” Furest said.

The criteria for recipients are: applicants with an interest in education, business leadership or entrepreneurship, applicants with a history of community involvement or service to others in the community, and applicants who are pursuing a non-traditional path to higher education, such as adult learners, mid-life career changes, and earlier years. military service.

Torline was born in 1946. He enlisted in the US Army in 1966 and deployed to Vietnam as a Morse code interceptor. He completed his military service as a staff sergeant overseeing hundreds of military funerals across the state. He used his GI Bill benefits to attend Baker University and eventually became president of the Port Huron and Mount Clemens campuses.

Anyone can make a tax-deductible donation to The Rotary Foundation of Mount Clemens and mail it to PO Box 621, Mount Clemens MI 48046-0621. Checks should be marked “Don Torline Scholarship Fund”.

For more information, contact the Foundation at [email protected] or contact Furest at 586-463-1880.

Rotary clubs and Rotary International provide about $7.5 million to 350,000 people each year for high school, undergraduate and graduate school. They are generally not given to Rotarians or their family members.

The Rotary International District 6380 website lists five Rotary clubs in Macomb County in addition to Mount Clemens. These are the Rotary clubs of Anchor Bay, Eastpointe, Richmond, Romeo and Sterling Heights. Clubs can apply to districts for grants to sponsor high school, undergraduate, or graduate students studying any subject, locally or abroad. A scholarship can cover anything from a six-week language training program to a year or more of university study. The Rotary Foundation offers scholarships for college graduates and professionals to study peace and conflict resolution. The Rotary Peace Fellowships are available for applicants who wish to attend a master’s or certificate program at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan; University of Bradford, Bradford, UK; University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia; Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden; or Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.

Since the program began in 2002, Rotary Peace Centers have trained more than 1,400 fellows who now work in more than 115 countries. Many serve as leaders in governments, NGOs, the military, education, law enforcement, and international organizations like the United Nations and the World Bank.

In addition to promoting peace, Global Grants are intended for graduate students studying abroad for Rotary causes such as disease control, clean water supply, sanitation and hygiene, rescuing mothers and children, supporting education and growing local economies.

Students can also look to their local Kiwanis, Lions, Optimist Clubs and fraternal organizations such as the Eagles, Elks, Moose and Knights of Columbus for scholarships.

Neighborhood veteran service organizations are also a good place to look. Many fellowships do not require membership or connection to a position or chapter. Check for scholarships on the national websites of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, AMVETS, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Disabled American Veterans, and Paralyzed Veterans of America.

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 154 offers its own members and associate members $1,000 scholarships for their grandchildren and children. April 1 is the application deadline. Applications are made at the Veteran Support Center, 18025 15 Mile Road, Clinton Township, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays.

Chapter 9 Vietnam Veterans of America Scholarship is part of the Community Choice Credit Union Community Choice Foundation.

There are 25 scholarships this year. Fifteen are $5,000 grants for graduating seniors who plan to attend an accredited Michigan college or university and live in Michigan after graduation. See

There are six $2,500 scholarships to be used for teaching certificates, annual certificates, and licenses or programs beyond a bachelor’s degree. There are four $2,500 scholarships for skilled trades and vocational training. See Register before February 15; apply before March 15.

The Foreign Wars Veterans Auxiliary is holding a national anthem singing competition called “O Say Can Youth Sing?”

“Get Excited for the Red, White and Blue” is an opportunity for young people to share their talent, display their patriotism and express their creativity by singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” and win a $500 prize . Video entries and signed entry forms must be sent to a local VFW auxiliary by March 31. See for contest eligibility, rules, national prizes and an entry form.

Send news from service clubs and veterans organizations to Linda May at [email protected] or call the landline 586-791-8116.

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