Pine Lake Employee Scholarship Foundation

Background and History of Our Foundation

The Pine Lake Country Club Employee Scholarship Foundation was created in 2011 as a way to reward and retain our excellent employees.  It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and operates as a separate legal entity from the Club.  Our employee scholarship program is in keeping with similar programs at other private country clubs in our area.  The Foundation has no employees.  Our Board Members serve on a voluntary basis.  All of the Foundation’s funding comes from donations by our PLCC members.  100% of the donations (net of modest operating expenses) go to the Foundation.  All donations are tax deductible.

Because of generous donations in the past, the Foundation has raised over $225K and has awarded 77 scholarhips totaling over $105K.  Natalie Nellett, a PLC Caddie and OCC student writes, “I am so grateful to be awarded this scholarship because it’s not just rewarding me for my drive to educate myself, but also for what I’ve accomplished as a dedicated employee.  It’s wonderful to know that hard work and dedication at Pine Lake can bring such an immense reward to its employees.”  Other recipients attend U of M-Flint, Saginaw Valley SU, MSU, Alma, Oakland University, Central Michigan and Alabama.  You can expect to see employee scholarship recipients wearing recognition pins.

How To Make a Donation

We are asking each member to help make a difference in our employees’ education.  All donations (net of fundraising dinner/party expenses) go to the Foundation entirely and are tax deductible.

Please confirm your commitment by authorizing an automatic tax deductible donation on your club statement:
$125 [  ]    $250 [  ]    $500 [  ]    $1,000 [  ]    $______________(other)
[  ] enclosed is my company’s matching gift form

You can send a confirming email noting your commitment to Zan Carniak at znicolli@me.com or to Beth Hoyt at bthoyt@comcast.net

We are most grateful for your support!

The Foundation awarded scholarships for the 2016-17 academic year to 14 recipients. The links below provide information on recipients who have been rewarded a scholarship.

Who Should I Contact With Questions?

If you would like more information on the Foundation, information on giving through a will or estate or would like to get involved with the employee scholarship program, please contact any of the following:

Jack Withrow, President
John Walsh, Treasurer
Beth Hoyt, Secretary
Paul Brakora, Member
Elisa Palizzi, Member
Laurie Van Swearingen, Member
Matt Mills, Member, PLCC Past President

Zan Carniack, Past President