The Nancy K. and Sherman R. Poppen Program provides art-based scholarship opportunities to low-income students at Muskegon Public Schools. To learn more about this exciting creative program, visit bit.ly/PoppenProgram.
The Nancy K. Poppen Program
Nancy Poppen was a visual artist who wanted all children to be able to explore the fine arts. She established her fund at the Community Foundation for Muskegon County in 1993, with her husband Sherman R. Poppen, who graduated from Muskegon High School, to assist lower income families with access to arts lessons. The program funds weekly lessons in the fine arts, books and supplies, summer workshops, coaching, and camps, for individual students after acceptance into the program. Under the direction of a Board of Directors comprised of community leaders, arts specialists, and school staff members, the fund supports an average of 50-75 Muskegon Public Schools students each year.
The Sherman R. Poppen Scholarship Fund
In 2000, Sherman R. and Louise Poppen enhanced the Nancy K. Poppen Program by establishing the Sherman R. Poppen Scholarship Fund to assist graduating Nancy K. Poppen participants. Mr. Poppen established the fund after talking with students who were struggling to afford college because of a lack of arts related scholarships. The fund assists students majoring in fine or performing arts studies at accredited colleges, universities or traditional arts schools.