Foundation for Haslett Public Schools Scholarships

  • Each year, the Foundation provides numerous scholarships to deserving Haslett graduating seniors who want to continue their education at colleges, universities, or trade schools. The funds for these scholarships come from two sources.

    Hagenbuch Memorial Scholarship Fund

    Each year, six $1,000 Hagenbuch scholarships are provided to recognize and support students who have overcome hurdles or are late scholastic bloomers that have a strong interest in continuing their education, but who may not have high enough grades to qualify for more traditional scholarships. These scholarships focus on students with a 3.2 and lower GPA.

    The Hagenbuch family established this scholarship fund in 1983 as a way to honor Herb Hagenbuch, a 1953 graduate of Haslett High School. As a student, Herb was an outstanding athlete who participated actively in student government and, ultimately, was elected Senior Class President. After graduation, he continued to demonstrate his leadership skills and civic-mindedness by devoting countless hours to making Haslett a great place to live. He helped found the Haslett Youth Recreation Association (HYRA) to enable interested kids, no matter how good, to try a variety of sports without unnecessary pressure to excel. He also was instrumental in building the press box, concession stand, and ticket booth at the high school football field, as well as the trophy case inside the high school.

    Herb's spirit and philosophy for living are reflected in certain words and phrases he repeated often throughout his life, including "think positive," "always ask questions," "never say can't," and "do the best with what you have." Therefore, potential Hagenbuch Scholars are asked to submit a short essay, along with their scholarship application, describing how these words of wisdom have guided their own lives and helped them reach their goals.

    To qualify for a Hagenbuch scholarship, students must be graduating seniors from the Haslett School District and be able to demonstrate how they have (1) worked to improve scholastically throughout their high school career, and (2) given back to Haslett by participating in extracurricular and community activities. They also must demonstrate their commitment to continuing their education at a college, university, or trade school.

    Applications for Hagenbuch scholarships can be obtained from the Counseling Office at the High School, the Administration Building, or from the website http://www.herbie-award.com.  Once selected, payments are made directly to scholars upon submission of a receipt of payment for tuition or books at the college, university, or technical school they will attend.

    Since 1983, 157 Haslett students have received Hagenbuch Scholarships for a total of $215,000, and there is currently an endowment of over $155,000, which will provide the scholarships in the future.