Clarice Kanouse was a low-income single mother who pursued a degree in nursing from West Shore Community College, in West Michigan. Her perseverance, resiliency, and community support allowed her to finish college and provide economic security for her children. She lived her life to the fullest, while always focusing on making those around her feel loved and cared for. Strangers were always invited to her table, and no one left her house hungry or without a hug. She epitomized a sense of community and resiliency, while keeping life full of humor and happiness, even in the midst of hardships. As a nurse, she cared for her patients with kindness and love, building friendships and treating each person as if they were the most important person in the world.
To fund the Clarice Kanouse Memorial Scholarship and allow for the scholarship to provide as much financial support to as many students as possible. The Clarice Kanouse Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a low-income student from Michigan pursuing their nursing degree. First-generation students and/or students who have overcome adversity will be preferred.
Would like to achieve at minimum $2,000 annually, to sustain the Clarice Kanouse Memorial Scholarship.