Stephen Pollock Memorial

The Stephen Pollock Memorial Fund is available to provide scholarship to Runaway and Homeless Youth to attend educational, skill building, and civic engagement activities. The Memorial Fund was established by his family to continue his legacy of supporting Youth.

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Stephen Pollock Memorial Fund Application

Youth that utilize the Stephen Pollock Memorial Fund scholarship are asked to write us and let us know about your experience. Explain what activities you participated in, what you learned, how you may have educated others and overall feedback from your experience. This information will be utilized to report to membership and contributors of the Stephen Pollock Memorial Fund scholarship annually.

Host agencies must offer commitment to support youth in completing their written work.

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About Stephen Pollock

Stephen Pollock is remembered as a dedicated, committed and passionate man. His life is recognized by his strong connection to family and his tremendous loyalty to his mother. Mr. Pollock’s professional contributions included his service to the Department of Human Services (formerly known as the Department of Social Services and the Family Independence Agency) with service from 1967 through 1992. Mr. Pollock continued his service as the Executive Director of the Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness from 1992 through 1994. During this time, Mr. Pollock was a strong influence in support of the Michigan Network for Youth and Families on a part-time basis and was hired as the full-time Executive Director for MNYF in 1995. Mr. Pollock’s leadership of MNYF was a significant factor in expanding membership, training and technical assistance support to runaway and homeless providers throughout the State of Michigan. Pollock also developed a strong relationship with legislators, helping to secure a voice for homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth and their families throughout Michigan.

In 2003, Mr. Pollock died, losing his fight against cancer. The Pollock family, MNYF, and the State of Michigan lost a man of significant character and dedicated to the contribution for the well-being of others.

In honor of Mr. Pollock, MNYF established the Stephen Pollock Memorial Fund. The Pollock family, led by his mother, Charlene, made the first initial contribution. The fund is intended to provide opportunity to youth in civic engagement and leadership.

Who is Eligible?

The Stephen Pollock Memorial Scholarship is available to those youth who meet certain requirements. Youth applying must:

  • Be between the ages of 10 and 23
  • Be sponsored by an MNYF agency or member
  • Use the scholarship for educational or leadership development opportunity
  • Submit a written request at least one month prior to the opportunity
  • Provide MNYF with requested information about the opportunity
  • Provide written guardian permission if under 18 years of age
  • Allow for their likeness to be used in promotional activities (guardian approval required for youth under age 18)

Applicants should expect that it will take two weeks to make a decision. Applicants may also be requested to prepare a written report or presentation once the opportunity is completed.

The MNYF does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, national origin, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, height, weight, marital status, veteran’s status, disability, or any other reason prohibited by applicable laws.

How do I Apply?

Applications for the Scholarship are available to download or by calling the office at 231-759-7909. You may also send an email to mnyf@mnyf.org to request an application be mailed to you.

Scholarships are available throughout the year in amounts up to $500. Each application is reviewed by the Executive Director of MNYF, a member of the Board of Directors, and possibly a member of Mr. Pollock’s family.

MNYF reserves the right to deny request that does not feel meets the intentions of the Stephen Pollock Memorial Fund. Requests for activities that are deemed to be physically or emotionally unhealthy will be denied.