Excellence in Education

Excellence in Education Week
April 29 – May 3, 2019

Judy Watson Olson Education Award 

Grow & Lead: Community and Youth Development is accepting applications for the Judy Watson Olson Education Enrichment Award in honor of former Grow & Lead President and CEO, Judy Watson Olson.  Judy spent her career ensuring youth had the support they needed to grow into successful adults. 

This $500 award assists Upper Peninsula K-12 schools, teachers, or organizations with programs that help youth succeed academically.  Examples of potential projects include homework clubs, field trips, mentoring or literacy support. 

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2018 Highlights

Since 1994, the Excellence in Education Week program has awarded over $2 million in academic scholarships and professional development awards to students and educators in Marquette and Alger counties. With a $1 million lead gift from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in 1998, endowments were created in each county and matched with gifts from community members. Every year, the top five percent of graduating seniors receive a $1,500 scholarship to continue their post-secondary education, while 25 professional development awards of $500 each are awarded to educators to further academic training or enhance classroom activities.

2018 Academic Achievement Award Recipients

2018 Professional Development Award Recipients

Award Distribution Policy

To make a donation, donate online or contact the Community Foundation of Marquette County at 226-7666 or the Alger Regional Community Foundation at 387-3900.

Gold Sponsors





Silver Sponsors

Cleveland-Cliffs, Inc.




Bronze Sponsors

PotlatchDeltic Land & Lumber, LLC







Copper Sponsors 

Cheryl Jackson RE/MAX 1stRealty
Judge & Mrs. Mark Luoma Orthodontic Specialists of Marquette –                                             Dr. Gary Asano and Dr. Brian Potocki