Now Accepting Applications

Michigan Pagan Scholarship Fund is offering a $500.00 Pagan College Scholarship for a rising high school senior, undergraduate, or graduate. All applicants must live in Michigan. Applicants must be 17 years of age or older, have a current GPA of 2.85 or higher, be Pagan, and currently accepted in a full time course of study in any accredited four-year college or university. Applicants must provide their most recent school transcript to establish state of residency, and GPA requirements. In addition they must also state the reason for applying for this scholarship in 250 words or less and submit a 500 word essay about what being a Pagan means to them.

Big News at the Michigan Pagan Scholarship Fund

Kenya Coviak

On June 11,  the Michigan Pagan Scholarship Fund announced its 2016 Scholarship Winner Pete Ryland Shoda, III.  An intelligent and thoughtful young person, his essay was just what the board looks for when making their decision.  It was reasoned, expressive, and genuine.  He, and his Father, were there to accept the check at the Magical Education Council’s annual Pagan Picnic. The check was presented by Rev. Gerrybrete Leonard-Whitcomb and Paula Ireland.

By Cory W. Watts from Madison, Wisconsin, United States of America (Lake Michigan) [CC BY-SA 2.0
By Cory W. Watts from Madison, Wisconsin, United States of America (Lake Michigan) [CC BY-SA 2.0
Hailing from Grand Rapids, Pete recently completed his studies at the West Michigan Aviation Academy.  He intends on continuing his education at Grand Rapids Community College and Northwestern College.  His studies in Michigan offer the best education for flying, since our weather has sudden climate changes.  His ultimate goal is a degree in Bachelors Degree Aviation Operations.

His winning essay:

WHAT BEING PAGAN MEANS TO ME

What being Pagan means to me, it means I have the ability to walk in the woods, talk to the Divine, become part of Nature, and most of all, it gives me the choice to worship where, when and how I want.

Most people would say that being Pagan means they worship the Goddess.  While this is something that I do as well, it also has allowed me to worship much, much more.  People that go to church go one time a week, a couple hours, then that’s it, they go home. Not Pagan’s, not me.  Being Pagan means that I have a lot to live up to.  The God’s and Goddesses are watching me, Mother Nature is watching me, and the wind is listening to me, carrying my spells, chants and requests to the Universe.  Always helping, always taking care to leave a small mark, always being a good person to others, taking care of the Earth, giving back when I can.  These are some of the things that being Pagan means to me…… (you can see the complete essay by going to the MPSF Winner’s Page.

The MPSF gave its heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the sponsors of the fund this year.  Every year the list seems to grow.  This year, they are Universal Society of Ancient Ministry, Magical Educational Council, Witches Of Michigan, Candle Wick Shoppe, Coventry Creations, Midwest Witches’ Ball, and a first time donation by the Ancient Faiths Alliance.  Also included are the many shops, individuals, and organizations that each contributed to the future of our young Pagan scholars here in Michigan.

Michigan Pagan Scholarship Fund
Michigan Pagan Scholarship Fund

A surprise announcement was also made this year.  The MPSF has been under the masterful guidance and administration of Gordon Ireland since its beginnings.  Through his leadership, he and Paula have seen it grow, thrive, and ensure that the money is there for our young Pagan students.  However, he announced last year he would be stepping down and search was on for someone to step into the position, not his place (no one can fill those shoes).

The new administrator was announced to be Kenya Coviak.  Yes, that’s right. That is me. So here is your full disclosure, I am the new administrator for the Michigan Pagan Scholarship Fund.

It is time to plan for a new year and a new season of financial aid will be upon us soon. I urge all who read this to contribute to our children’s future by supporting the fund in any way you can.

There should always be a Pagan Scholarship Fund in Michigan. 2017 is coming.

Announcing the New Administrator for the Michigan Pagan College Fund

For the past few years, as many of you know, Gordon has run the College fund for the Universal Society Of Ancient Ministries

Late last year, Gordon let Universal Society Of Ancient Ministries know that he would like to step down from his involvement with The College Fund

As a result, we are happy to announce that Kenya Coviak has agreed to become the new head of The College fund. While there was a tremendously strong and deep applicant pool, Kenya Coviak talents, vision and enthusiasm have clearly shown through.

Effective immediately Kenya Coviak will begin a transition period to help prepare for the 2017 College fund

Gerrybrete Leonard – Whitcomb CEO/NHP
Universal Society Of Ancient Ministries
http://usoam.org

Michigan Pagan Scholarship is Pleased to Announce it’s 2016 Scholarship Winner

Michigan Pagan Scholarship is Pleased to Announce it’s 2016 Scholarship Winner

We would like to thank the following organizations for stepping up to insure that the Pagan Scholarship Fund continues:

Universal Society of Ancient Ministry
Magical Educational Council
Witches Of Michigan
Candle Wick Shoppe
Coventry Creations
Midwest Witches’ Ball

The Michigan Pagan Scholarship purpose is to recognize and encourage young Pagans. Only one scholarships is awarded each year, Winners must demonstrate evidence of leadership, and engage in community service.

We are pleased to inform you that Pete Ryland Shoda, III has been selected by the 2016 Michigan Pagan Scholarship as this years winner.

Pete Ryland Shoda, III lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and recently graduated from West Michigan Aviation Academy. Pet is going to GRCC and Northwestern Colleges. GRCC will gives him a chance to take classes there that he needs and then go to Northwestern for flying classes. Northwestern College is one of the best colleges for flying in the US. Michigan has the best weather to learn to fly because it has such sudden climate changes. The degree Pete is going for is Aviation Operations, which is a Bachelor Degree.

Read his winning Essay’s @ http://pagancollegescholarship.org/2016-winning-essay/
What it means to be a Pagan

2016 Winning Essay

WHAT BEING PAGAN MEANS TO ME

By

Pete Ryland Shoda, III

What being Pagan means to me, it means I have the ability to walk in the woods, talk to the Divine, become part of Nature, and most of all, it gives me the choice to worship where, when and how I want.

Most people would say that being Pagan means they worship the Goddess.  While this is something that I do as well, it also has allowed me to worship much, much more.  People that go to church go one time a week, a couple hours, then that’s it, they go home. Not Pagan’s, not me.  Being Pagan means that I have a lot to live up to.  The God’s and Goddesses are watching me, Mother Nature is watching me, and the wind is listening to me, carrying my spells, chants and requests to the Universe.  Always helping, always taking care to leave a small mark, always being a good person to others, taking care of the Earth, giving back when I can.  These are some of the things that being Pagan means to me.

It also means that I have the ability to talk to the Divine, Earth Mother, Father Sky, where and when I want, not having to go to a building, not having to communicate my emotions and words to a person that says, “you are forgiven”. For the Divine, by whatever name you call it, is in me, I can communicate within myself, self-love, self-healing, self-forgiving, for the Divine lives in me, you, us, the trees, the plants, the grass, she is all around.

Living in West Michigan, the Bible belt, is not easy being Pagan, it’s hard to defend my thoughts and beliefs to others.  I have been asked many times how I can be Pagan, how I can live like “that”.  To which I ask them how is it that you are able to live with such a vindictive God.  My Goddesses and God’s are loving and accept anyone, that is what being Pagan means to me.

Michigan Pagan Scholarship accepting applications for 2016

(Article written on Detroit Paganism Today)

By Mistress Belladonna

The Michigan Pagan Scholarship Fund has opened its applications process for the 2016 year.  The opportunity is open to high schools seniors, undergraduates, or graduate students.  They are looking for students aged 17 years or older, with a GPA of 2.85 or higher, and be a Michigan resident.  They must also be accepted to an accredited four year college or university, and be a full time student and, of course, identify as Pagan.

 

This is an essay style competitive scholarship, meaning only one winner will be chosen from a pool of applicants.  An impartial panel of judges awaits a fresh crop of submissions, identities hidden for fairness.  A recent transcript must accompany the submission in order to verify GPA and residency.

The process is fairly straightforward.  Applicants are asked to “state the reason for applying for this scholarship in 250 words or less and submit a 500 word essay about what being a Pagan means to them.”  Anyone who meets the criteria may apply.  And what is really great is that it is open to those who have been homeschooled, have a GED, or are involved with Alternative education.

So far, two students have won the scholarship.  The first was Miranda Owens in 2014 from Bay City, her scholarship can be seen here.  The second winner was 2015’s Rebecca Phoenix from Ferndale.  Her essay can be read here.  2016’s winner may be YOU, if you apply.

The scholarship is entirely funded by the generosity of donors.  Without them, there could be no continuation of this dream.  Many will recognize the 2015 roster of contributors. They are the Universal Society of Ancient Ministry, Magical Educational Council, Witches Of Michigan, Pagan Pride Detroit, Back 9 GraFX, and the  Midwest Witches Ball.

Also, drawings at the Gatherings of Pagans by the Witches of Michigan, contributions by individuals, Paula & Gordon Ireland, and stores that have allowed drop boxes continually assists in this work.  This year, Coventry Creations , Candle Wick Shoppe, and Ancient Faiths Alliance will join the proud company of sponsors for 2016.

Parents, for those who like to shop, you can also show your support by purchasing your heart’s desires through the Universal Society of Ancient Ministry’s online store.  A portion of the sales help to fund the scholarship.  You can also donate directly as well.

So fire up those pens and set your sites on applying.  Applications are being taken now.  There are no fees and the only thing keeping you waiting is you.  Follow this link to apply at  Michigan Pagan Scholarship Application.

Now Accepting Applications for 2016 Scholarship Award

Michigan Pagan Scholarship Fund is offering a $500.00 Pagan College Scholarship for a rising high school senior, undergraduate, or graduate. All applicants must live in Michigan. Applicants must be 17 years of age or older, have a current GPA of 2.85 or higher, be Pagan, and currently accepted in a full time course of study in any accredited four-year college or university. Applicants must provide their most recent school transcript to establish state of residency, and GPA requirements. In addition they must also state the reason for applying for this scholarship in 250 words or less and submit a 500 word essay about what being a Pagan means to them.

 

New Announcement

The Michigan Pagan College Fund and the Universal Society of Ancient Ministry is pleased to announce a new sponsor for the Michigan Pagan College Fund. Please Welcome Coventry Creations and the Candle Wick Shoppe who have pledged a total of $500 a year to the college fund.

Your gifts have helped Michigan Pagan students not only go to college, but graduate. Together we provide opportunities for self-sufficiency and success! Each student you see not only speaks for themselves, but also for those who have been able to attend college. For everything you have done and continue to do, we thank you. Because our College Fund gifts are unrestricted, they can be put to use where the student needs them most.

Thank you for supporting the Michigan Pagan Scholarship Fund. Your generosity ensures our students are able to pursue their academic dream

Thank you for your generosity!

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Little Witches Ball

October 9, 2015
6 pm – 10 pm
VFW Hall
25500 Sherwood Ave
Warren, MI 48091

This years theme is going to be “Welcome To Hogwarts” from the Harry Potter movies and books to match the grown up Witches Ball theme “Magic and Mayhem”.

This is going to be a blast for our children, we will have soft drinks – Pizza and music. We are requesting donations of candy flat ware and party decorations and of course money…all donations may be given to Gerrybrete Leonard or Merlyn Firstborn.

Want to Sponsor? Get a Link to Your site Here

Admission: Children up to 17 years old $7.50 Adults 18 years and older $10.00 Church members the prices are Children up to 17 years old $5.00 Adults 18 years and older $7.50

Children Under 10 must be accompanied by a parent.

Tickets may be purchased at the following link and your PayPal receipt will serve as your ticket.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1633824370200874/
http://www.meetup.com/michiganpagans/events/223867943/
Purchase your Tickets Here http://usoam.org/little-witches-ball/

We will be collecting food for Pagans In Need http://pagansinneed.org/

We will also be collecting Toys for Yule, so please bring a new unwrapped toy to donate.