Education award application available

MARQUETTE– Grow and Lead: Community and Youth Development is accepting applications for the Judy Watson Olson Education Enrichment Award in honor of former GLCYD President and CEO Judy Watson Olson.

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. It is preferred that funds be utilized within one year.

Applicants must be from Upper Peninsula school districts, College Access Networks or other youth-serving organizations. Selection will be based on how the program addresses an unmet need, how it helps youth succeed academically, the number of youth served, and other compelling data as determined by the selection committee.

The winner of the award will be recognized at the Excellence in Education Week Awards Program on April 30, 2018 at Northern Michigan University.

Applications can be found at or by contacting GLCYD at The deadline to submit completed applications is Friday, March 9.

Direct any specific questions to Karen Thompson at