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Olivet College and the Vomberg/Trumley Foundation have recently announced a collaboration to benefit high school students from Eaton County. Through a new matching scholarship program, qualifying students could receive up to $2,000 annually to attend Olivet College.

The Vomberg/Trumley Foundation regularly provides scholarships and financial aid to students from Eaton County who demonstrate need. Awards may apply to any post-secondary professional or vocational institution and are renewable annually. Typical awards may vary from $500 to $1,000. Through the new partnership, Olivet College will match up to $1,000 annually for those students who choose to attend Olivet.

“The Vomberg/Trumley Foundation is delighted to have Olivet College partnering with us in an effort to make college education affordable for Eaton County students,” said Christi Dutcher, president of the foundation. “We share their collaborative efforts and welcome their generosity.”

“Olivet College celebrates and values Vomberg/Trumley scholars as exceptional members of its college community,” said Maria Davis, Ph.D., provost and dean of the college. “We are so pleased to partner with Vomberg/Trumley Foundation in matching the scholarship opportunities they provide to these deserving students.”

Applications for the award are being accepted until April 30.

In addition to state and federal grants, loans and work opportunities, Olivet College offers a variety of financial aid opportunities. In fact, 100 percent of students who attend Olivet receive some form of internal financial aid.

About the Vomberg/Trumley Foundation

Established in 1961, the Vomberg/Trumley Foundation honors Arthur J. Vomberg, a lifelong resident of Eaton County whose family operated a retail clothing business. Vomberg was firmly committed to and interested in the education of area youth. It was his wish to help make further education possible for students without the financial means to do so. With that objective in mind, the Vomberg Foundation was established. During his lifetime, Vomberg funded the foundation by making annual contributions. Upon his death, he left his entire estate to the foundation.  Today the organization stands as a living memorial to Vomberg’s commitment to educational opportunity for the youth of Eaton County.

As a youth, Richard I. Trumley’s first job opportunity was provided by Arthur Vomberg. As years went on, they became close friends and eventually business partners, founding General Aluminum Products, which grew to become Charlotte’s largest employer. Trumley administered the Vomberg Foundation, and along with his wife Beverly, continued to make significant financial contributions. This has allowed the foundation to assist more than 1,000 Eaton County youths over the past 50 years.

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