Back Row - Deacon Donald Daniels, Audrey Stuart

Middle Row - Deacon Alfred Petty, Deacon James L. Ford

Front Row - Martha Petty, Deborah Mack




The Greater New Hope Scholarship Fund was established in 1992 under the vision of Deacon James L. Ford, Sr. At that time, Major Donald Tucker initiated the first contribution to the fund with a $500 donation, and also played an active role in the official formation of the fund.  We have been honored to have some notable speakers over the past years such as Congressman David Bonior, United States House of Representatives; Jimmy Williams, former Detroit Lion; James Henry, University of Michigan Head Track Coach (Girls); Marilyn Atkins, Chief Judge-36th District Court-Detroit, Michigan and Wilmer Jones-Ham, Saginaw Michiganís first female Mayor. 


Each year God has continued to enable us to accomplish our goal of "Enhancing the Vision of Higher Education" for many young people in our community by providing various scholarships.  This has been made possible due to your prayers, the overwhelming support and success of our annual scholarship banquet, regular donations from our sponsors, and the spirit of love and cooperation of our own church family.  To date we have awarded approximately $53,000 in scholarships as follows:


         1994 ( 2) scholarships totaling $   500

         1995 ( 6) scholarships totaling $3,000

         1996 (13) scholarships totaling $4,200

         1997 (15) scholarships totaling $6,000

         1998 (16) scholarships totaling $5,200

         1999 (17) scholarships totaling $5,600

         2000 (15) scholarships totaling $3,250

         2001 (20) scholarships totaling $5,400

         2002 (21) scholarships totaling $5,750

         2003 (22) scholarships totaling $6,450

         2004 (17) scholarships totaling $4,750

         2005  (5) scholarships totaling $2,700


We thank God for providing us the means and the opportunity to help many young people accomplish their goals of obtaining a higher education.  We pray that God will continue to bless our endeavors.  God has blessed us to help students throughout their college career.  We have contributed to students graduating from several colleges, including Grand Valley State, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and Princeton University in fields such as:  Criminal Justice, Psychology, Accounting, Engineering and Pre-Law.