Lenawee County Education Foundation

Scholarship recipients holding certificates

2020 Strokes for Students

Event Canceled

The 25th Strokes for Students Golf Event has been canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis. However, the scholarships, job readiness training grants, and teacher innovative and enrichment grants funded through Strokes for Students will still be awarded, and LCEF will be asking for contributions toward these programs.

The event is unique in that it pairs a student with a 4-person team in a golf scramble event.  This year is limited to 25 teams, 25 hole sponsors and 25 cart sponsors in celebration of almost $600,000 raised for educational endeavors for students in the past 25 years.

Over the last 25 years, this event has provided:

  • Over (400) $1,000 scholarships to Lenawee students
  • Over $75,000 in funding for job readiness training grants
  • Over $25,000 in funding for teacher innovative and enrichment grants



To receive and disburse funds, property, and gifts of any kind exclusively for the benefit of the Lenawee Intermediate School District and its educational system.


The Lenawee County Education Foundation (LCEF) utilizes community donations to provide financial support for innovative educational programs that are not ordinarily provided through a school’s general operating budget. The LCEF enhances the work of the Lenawee Intermediate School District (LISD) by serving as the primary fund development arm of the school district. Through the LCEF, the LISD is also able to solicit grant funding and corporate and individual donations for LISD sponsored programs.

Since its inception in 1985, the LCEF has:

  • Awarded over $6.5 million in approximately 6,000 scholarships to Lenawee County students
  • Provided over $260,775 in 602 mini-grants to Lenawee County teachers for innovative classroom programs
  • Awarded over $85,000 through Ronald Reeves Job Readiness Training grants
  • Raised over 600,000 to aid in the construction of the LISD William J. Ross Education Services Center
  • Raised over $500,000 to aid in the construction of the Stubnitz Environmental Education Center
  • Securing the funding necessary for construction of the Center for a Sustainable Future
  • Raised over $100,000 to enrich special education programs
  • Provided funds for numerous innovative projects in partnership with local schools and colleges.

The Lenawee County Education Foundation is about more than simply raising money. It is about changing the future for Lenawee students and families. Through the generous contributions of the Lenawee community and those from outside of the community who support our efforts, we are able to improve life for Lenawee students.

The LCEF is a recognized 501(c)3 organization and as a result, donations made to the LCEF are eligible for tax benefits. Donors should consult their personal financial adviser to determine how to best maximize the benefits of supporting the LCEF.

Our Board

2018 Board of Trustees

Executive Board

Frank Dick, Chairman
Patrick Farver, Vice Chairman
David Hickman, Treasurer
Stanley Caine, Secretary


Garry Clift, Doug Gray, Kelli Groeb-Peters, Suann Hammersmith, Ann Hinsdale-Knisel, Karol "KZ" Bolton, Kathryn M. Mohr, Jan Parson, Martha Poppink Melcher, Theresa Powers, Sheila Schwartz, Martin Thompson, H. Ronald Griffith, Rod Pender

Lenawee Youth Council Representative

Miley Phillips


L. Donald Bush, Director Emeritus
Betty Gross, Honorary Trustee
Linda Herrick, Honorary Trustee
Stephen Krusich, Honorary Trustee
James Philp, Honorary Trustee
William J. Ross, Honorary Trustee
James Hartley, LISD Board of Education
Stacy Johnson, Superintendent's Association
Mark Haag, LISD Superintendent
John Wanke, Executive Director

Our Local Partners

The Lenawee County Education Foundation is pleased to support Lenawee County local school district foundations and their efforts to provide support to individual district students and staff.