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GEORGE S. MATICK, JR. ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
FOUNDED IN 1844 AND LOCATED IN
George S. Matick, Jr., the founder of George Matick Chevrolet, was a 1951 alumnus of Hillsdale College. This full-tuition scholarship was established in his memory.
Graduating high school seniors who are the children or grandchildren of full-time George Matick Chevrolet employees are invited to apply for one annually awarded full-tuition scholarship to Hillsdale College. This scholarship will be awarded regardless of financial need and will begin with the 2015 fall term.
The scholarship recipient will be required to maintain a minimum college-level GPA, to be established. Eligible George Matick Chevrolet full-time employees must be employed at Matick Chevy for a minimum period. If no candidates meet this criterion, second preferences will be given to residents of Redford Township.
Admissions and scholarship questions can be addressed by calling (517) 607-2327, or emailing [email protected]
Founded in 1844 and located in rural southern Michigan, Hillsdale College is a private, residential, nonsectarian, classical liberal arts institution nationally regarded for its operational independence from government subsidy. A student body of 1,400 studies a rigorous core curriculum rooted in the enduring truths of the Western tradition, and a vibrant student life is guided by an Honor Code challenging self-government.
HILLSDALE COLLEGE HISTORY
Hillsdale College was founded as Michigan Central College in Spring Arbor, Michigan, in 1844. Nine years later it moved to Hillsdale and assumed its current name. As stated in its Articles of Association, the College undertakes its work “grateful to God for the inestimable blessings resulting from the prevalence of civil and religious liberty and intelligent piety in the land, and believing that the diffusion of sound learning is essential to the perpetuity of these blessings.”
Hillsdale has been officially non-denominational since its inception. It was the first American college to prohibit in its charter any discrimination based on race, religion, or sex, and became an early force for the abolition of slavery. It was also the second college in the nation to grant four-year liberal arts degrees to women.
Professor and preacher Ransom Dunn, who would serve Hillsdale College for half a century, raised money to construct the new hilltop campus in the early 1850s by riding 6,000 miles on horseback on the Wisconsin and Minnesota frontier. It was largely through Dunn’s efforts that Hillsdale would survive while over 80 percent of colleges founded before the Civil War would not.
Because of the College’s anti-slavery reputation and its role in founding the new Republican party (Professor Edmund Fairfield was a leader at the first convention), many notable speakers visited its campus during the Civil War era, including Frederick Douglass and Edward Everett, who preceded Lincoln at Gettysburg.
Hillsdale’s modern rise to prominence occurred in the 1970s. On the pretext that some of its students were receiving federal loans, the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare attempted to interfere with the College’s internal affairs, including a demand that Hillsdale begin counting its students by race. Hillsdale’s trustees responded with two toughly worded resolutions: One, the College would continue its policy of non-discrimination. Two, “with the help of God,” it would “resist, by all legal means, any encroachments on its independence.”
Following almost a decade of litigation, the U.S. Supreme Court decided against Hillsdale in 1984. By this time, the College had announced that rather than complying with unconstitutional federal regulation, it would instruct its students that they could no longer bring federal taxpayer money to Hillsdale. Instead, the College would replace that aid with private contributions.