This prestigious lifetime achievement award is presenting to one volunteer in Berrien County who demonstrates:

•    Long-standing history of volunteer contributions in Berrien County

      - 10 years or more

      - Unpaid/uncompensated volunteer time

•    Diversity of volunteer experience with multiple organizations

      - A significant contribution to a single organization may be considered

      - Breadth of volunteer experience

•    Teamwork and leadership experience

      - Physical or administrative labor as well as service at an executive or board level

For the winner of this great honor, $3,500 will be donated to the non-profit organization of his or her choice.  If your nominee is chosen to proceed to the final round you will be notified and asked for a complete volunteer history and recommendation letters.

Nomination Deadline: CLOSED

If you would like to be able to save your work you may download a template of the form here. When you are ready to submit, just copy and paste your answers.


Please fill out the form below to apply for the scholarship.

One winner will be chosen from Berrien County and one will be chosen from Cass County.  Winners must attend the United Way Volunteer Recognition Event from 5pm to 7pm on Thursday, July 27th at the Grand Upton Hall at Lake Michigan College's Mendel Center.

Each winner will receive a $1000 scholarship made out to the college on their behalf.  Only current High School Seniors are eligible to apply.

The winning youth volunteer will demonstrate a commitment to volunteerism through: Innovation, Dedication, and Advocacy for Community Improvement

Nomination Deadline: CLOSED


The Sustaining and Emerging Volunteer Awards recognize volunteers from Berrien or Cass County who show a commitment to United Way’s goals in the areas of Education, Income, Health or Basic Needs. These volunteers are those that elevate your organization to new levels and make you wonder how you ever lived without them!

The Emerging Volunteer winner will have the opportunity to direct $300 to the non-profit organization of their choice while the Sustaining Volunteer receives $500.

Nomination Deadline: CLOSED

2017 Winners will be announced this summer!